On Saturday, September 1st, Rene celebrated his birthday with a party in the gallery, which had so many parts to oversee that we wonder if he got a chance to sit down! Rene thrives on his feet, making steps to build community through art, and to create art as a community. Getting closer to this mission must have been his birthday wish, because the party turned out a great success, in terms of the size and diversity of the crowd, and their engagement with the art, artists, and art-making itself. There were several opportunities for guests to “see how the magic happens” in person, including live body painting by GDM, painting on canvas by Jen Williams, and blind contour drawing by Skye Riss.

“You can’t really appreciate a work of art until you can understand how difficult it was to create. And that’s probably true of any work of art – a rock, a tree, a bird, a fish, a sunrise made of light and air.” — Laurence Overmire

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