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Art Stories Studio: Now Living in a Postcard

Posted on October 2, 2013

Sometimes, you have to leave what you know behind, all the while embracing hope.

Cleaving to different, exciting, overwhelming, scary, essential, joyful, great… You won’t know until you step out into the unknown.

It could be quiet or loud; small or big

It could be expansive, eye-opening and brimming with beauty…

This new story could be simple or complicated. It could be deep or shallow… You won’t know until you step out into the unknown.

I stepped out… and it’s made me stronger. It’s made my story richer; my heart full!

It’s a beauty to see and behold; it’s a tangible taste of glory and heaven.  (Ps. 18:19 He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.)

I’m in love with where the Lord has brought me; where he has opened doors, allowing me to share my gifts in Anchorage, Alaska.  (Ps. 16 You hold my lot; the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Indeed I have a beautiful inheritance.)

Starting this business, Art Stories Studio, has been the beginning of living out a good story and using art to bring healing and life to others; from Birmingham to Anchorage. Not the story I intended to write, but a story I’m thrilled to be living out; adventures around each turn. New perspective, new joy, new hopes and visions for life. (Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.)

The mountains change every day and I am a witness to them.

I am a witness to something so grand and beautiful and large and scary… this must be how ants feel.  (“The perspective of smallness that cultivates surprised wonder–grows gratitude, yields joy…” From Ann Voskamps book, 1000 Gifts).

Thanks for supporting Art Stories Studio with your thoughts and prayers! Our first year in Birmingham, Alabama was great and filled with opportunities at UAB,  Samford University, Childrens of Alabama Hospital, VSA Alabama, various schools and senior facilities around the city, and many individual clients. I’m so thankful to continue the vision for this place wherever the Lord leads. Please continue to lift up the work being done through this facet!

Get out there and live your art stories!

Open House–November 16 5-7pm

Posted on October 29, 2012

Well, not long after I wrote about how I longed to have a home for Art Stories Studio, an office space fell into my lap! It’s been such a timely blessing that I am very grateful for. Now that I have a space, I want everyone to see it! You are invited to an Open House on November 16th; drop by anytime between 5 – 7 PM. If you are able, please consider donating art supplies (new or used) to help stock the art cabinet! Some suggestions include:  old magazines, glue, scissors, markers, paint, paint brushes, construction paper, tape, crayons, white card-stock, zip lock bags, paper towels, wet wipes Art Stories Studio is now located in the lovely neighborhood of Cahaba Heights at 4268 Cahaba Heights…

A door that can be walked through…

Posted on September 18, 2012

I’ve had some time to rest following Art Walk 2012 and the launch of our new website. Today, without any sort of conscious effort, my thoughts are occupied with considering the future physical home of Art Stories Studio–to which I hope and pray will be in existence sooner than later. Oftentimes, I find that in a world of fast transactions and hurried daily tasks, my mind gets ahead of my heart. In my head, there is a to-do list a mile long that somehow grows even as things are crossed off the list! My heart is content to not get swept away in the busy quandary. Or, quite possibly, it is afraid and a little anxious of taking risk and moving forward to the…