|"Art, Spirituality and the Human Family"|
Oasis Gallery Featured Artist Presentation, Nov 26, 2004
A few words of thanks
I'd like to begin by thanking all of you for coming. I'm really moved by your interest.
And thank you to all of you who have done so much to prepare for this event.. and to each of you who have helped me get acquainted and feel at home here these last months since I've joined Oasis Gallery.. to Judy Ligon, Sarah Lock, Mia Laberge, Eliza Hoover, Mary Ciaramonte, and Charlie Tibbits for all your help and great conversation.
I want to say thanks also more specifically to those of you who have been involved in giving birth to and sustaining this enterprise of Oasis Gallery. This is a wonderful service to all of us, an opportunity to involve ourselves in a supportive community of fellow artists, mentors, teachers, patrons, and arts enthusiasts whose interest, inspiration, experience, and encouragement are invaluable to all of us. The opportunities to share our work, launch our dreams, and find our place in the world in this way are a blessing not all artists enjoy. I realize there have been monumental challenges in bringing this about, and many challenges remain, but I want to express my gratitude for your efforts, hard work, the spirit of volunteerism, and the patronage of so many of you that have made this possible.
I want to personally thank Paul Kline for the invitation and encouragement to become a part of Oasis, and for his help as a teacher "back in the day" in the late 70s, for nurturing my interest in sculpture which still tugs at my heart. I invite you to take a look at the "Adam" piece he helped make possible, my first "serious" sculptural work. And I'd like to thank Betty, his wife for the article she wrote for Escape, and others of you for the kind words you have said on my behalf in other contexts and articles.
I'd like to thank Terri St Cloud (known to most of us up until now as Terri Urban), in absentia for her beautiful words of poetry and her spirit which she has graciously agreed to offer in collaboration with some of my art. I encourage you to browse through her poetry here at your leisure and immerse yourself in her thoughts if you haven't already.
And finally to Pat Hoover for so graciously offering up this great time slot to someone else who turned out to be me. ..In your spirit I want to pass on the kindness to someone else next year..
Let me also, while I am thanking people introduce my family, both sides are well represented tonite.. my mother and father, Roy and Florence Kreider, my wife Mary Ann, my two daughters Tara and Aleina, and my son Luke, my mother-in-law Anne Nicholas, Mary Ann's brother Ed and his wife Colleen who are here all the way from Alaska and Austin Texas. I want to say how grateful I am for your support and the part you've played in nurturing my perspectives, and the expressions of them you see here.
Let me begin by saying this has been a very interesting process for me, thinking about what I would say this evening. After 21 years as a full-time artist, I must say this is a first, the first time I've taken time to stop and think about how it is that I have come to where I am, and consider some of the formative experiences that have shaped my work as an artist. So I want to thank you for this opportunity. It has been a wonderful exercise for me, and I hope it will strike a chord of interest for you as well.
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