At this very moment, we’re working on the last layer of fabric on a still life. It happens to be of two crimson colored Anjou pears. Over the weeks of its creation, we’ve thought a lot about the pear and how it arrives at the end of autumn, bringing a beautiful and sweet finish to a year of harvest. These thoughts about the pears made us think about our tradition of opening the “Paint Can of Thanks“.

 

Every year the can becomes filled with notes we wrote to help remind us of our favorite moments of the year.

 

Every year the can becomes filled with notes we wrote to help remind us of our favorite moments of the year. There have also been many mementos which arrived at the studio that are unable to fit in the paint can: hand-written notes; drawings, paintings and assemblages; postcards sent from around the globe; donated collections of fabrics; sheet music; memoirs; original music recordings; and lots of treats that plied our sweet teeth. Looking at these treasures, along with your calls, emails and visits, we’re not sure if we could feel any more fortunate than we do. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been brought to tears by your thoughtfulness.

With the help of your friendship and support of our work, once again we’ve been able to spend another year doing what we love. We’re aware how exceptional it is to be able to dedicate one’s life, let alone a couple of lives, to creating art. We cannot begin to explain how impossible this would be if it weren’t for you. Today, and throughout the year, we try to be mindful of your gifts and do our best to share your generosity whenever we can:

In 2015, our donated art earned above its value raising over $4900 in support of local and national charities.

We hosted events to raise donations for the hungry and homeless.

We transformed our gallery into a music venue for a guitar trio, an art show for visual artists and shared our space for a poetry event.

We continually offer studio tours to classes of school children, adult tours, and visiting artist groups to share our perspective on being artists and the importance of art in a community.

As we spend our Thanksgiving day, we promise we’ll be offering our deepest appreciation to you for your help in enriching our year. We wish you and your loved ones the happiest day of gratitude.

 

We wish you and your loved ones the happiest day of gratitude.

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