This letter was sent to me as a reflection (or mirror) by my dear, sweet friend Alla Bozarth. She is an Episcpial priest, gestalt Psychologist, author of more than 30 books and thousands of poems. I was overwhelmed when I received this! For me, it really helps to clarify/cement/explain and validate my vision.
Thank you, Alla!
Saying goodbye to your beautiful home and gallery of 30 years in St. Paul is sad, but the sadness is lightened and transformed by the joy of your moving home to the house where you were conceived in Duluth, to give new life to your art and yourself in a secure and constant place where you are owner, proprietor and total boss, and where you have already conceived this wonderful plan for the future: "If I have my way, I will work with the City of Duluth, to develop an equity housing/studio project for artists. It would have to be in a concentrated and limited area. A place where we artists can be together and happy and once again never again to be used as an economic development tool, and then discarded when we (like we are now) are in the way." I pray that the City of Duluth will recognize the sublime merit of this plan and support it whole-heartedly. What a precious contribution you and other local artists will be able to make to the community once you have that sacred place of art and life flowing into one another in a mutually nurturing community! I am reminded of the Beehive in Paris, home to artists in complementary genres who had solitude as needed along with the opportunity to gather for mutual intellectual and artistic stimulation. To quote Celia in Act Three, Scene Two of As You Like It, "O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all whooping!" [Wm. Shakespeare]
May the Divine Artist bless this endeavor and you, Michael Daly, through and through!
Alla Bozarth, Ph.D.