Dearest Reader, Visitor!
How does a story become art? One of our consortium members, Donna Otter, an artist for our Legacies Projects puts it this way:
“First you live it. Then you remember it. Then you tell it. Someone listens. If you are lucky, someone asks you to tell it. Maybe they even ask questions to help you remember and say more about it. They have become interested. They want to know. Then to make sure it doesn't get lost, they might help you make something out of it, give it shape, a title, chapters, maybe even publish 50 beautiful, hard bound books of it, and throw you a book signing with your friends and extended family. Or maybe they take your story and it becomes a collage art work with your old blue ribbon won in the first grade glued onto it. Or they put it in an old wooden toolbox from your garage, with your picture on the lid. Or they make a quilt out of it, with family photos in the squares. Or they paint a stepladder a shinny black and add gold footprints because your family journeyed here from China. They carefully spread your quotes throughout it so the story is written for all to see in your own words. That is what we call, making story art.”
When we began we were a small group of people with a big vision—to shape life’s stories into art works and share them with the community and future generations. Over the past twelve years many wonderful clients and brave community members have joined as we followed that vision. It is our hope this website will provide you with the information and inspiration you might need to also consider joining us, by also collecting and sharing YOUR story.
It would be an honor to hear from you. Let’s talk and find out if there is anyway we can include your stories, ideas, talents or resources in this richly rewarding work.
Come celebrate life with us!