Dear Friends, Drodzy Przyjaciele, Cari Amici,
Last weekend I went to Chicago, Illinois, to visit the Awakenings Foundation and meet Jean Cozier, the woman who Founded it and is the President of this amazing Foundation. I also met her Gallery manager, who had a big part in hanging my exhibit that is going to be up in their Gallery for the next two months or so. At one point last month, Jean had written me and asked me for a title of my exhibit, and I thought about it for a little while, and then the title “My Fire: The Alchemy of Abuse ” came to me. Well, as a surprise for me when I arrived, they had created this large poster to introduce/advertise the exhibit!
I was so moved by this and they gave me the digital image and the full rights to use it in whatever way I would like. I think it is a Spectacular poster! The Gallery was very powerful, and I spent time going through each exhibit. The artists are all so different in their expression, yet there is a deep connection between all of us who have our work displayed there.
Chicago was another amazing experience. For many years I had thought of Chicago as a scary, dark and dangerous place, yet my experience of it was thrilling, beautiful, bright, and not scary at all! The woman I traveled with and I went all over downtown and took pictures of really stunning old building, pictures of the skyline of Chicago from the shores of Lake Michigan, and also we took breathtaking pictures of Chicago from the 94th floor Observatory in the John Hancock building.
We laughed and shopped and ate and walked and walked and walked. We had a terrific time. I felt like a child at a Perfect Christmas….I had so much fun! It was broadening to my soul, to my mind and my heart. I felt a great breakthrough happening, as my world just expanded and broadened..with Joy.
This coming weekend…October 5th and 6th is the Annual Ravenswood Art Walk in Chicago, and this is the area where the Awakenings Foundation Gallery is located. This Art Walk is when a couple thousand people walk that neighborhood to see all the art shops and galleries that are open, free of charge f0r those days. It is quite an honor to be a featured artist for the gallery and this event.
My new job as Director of a beautiful Memory Care and Hospice Home is going very, very well. I love the work and all that I am learning. It is challenging and educational for me every day! My only grief about it is that I have less time and energy to write on this blog and to be working with my paintings and books as much as I would like to. I know that I am in the early stages of learning a big, new job and that in a few months I will be much more settled into it.
I miss writing like this, though…thank you for those of you who have written to me and offered your support and friendship! The loss of Gioffredo just 8 weeks ago, and then the sudden plunge into moving and taking a new job has been a bit overwhelming…but I am filled with gladness for it all.
Gioffredo has called me on the phone in my dreams, three times since he died. In my next post I will share with you one of those experiences and what he told me.
I hope you are all well. You have my deepest respect, prayers and love,
With the Fire of Love, Z w Ogniem Miłości, Con il Fuoco dell’Amore,
Gabriel Orion Marie
* For those of you who may not know, I have published a series of three books that tell the story of my recovery and healing from profoundly intense physical, sexual and spiritual abuse. These books have dozens of paintings that I did during my process and those paintings are a core form of communication I used in my Healing. These books are available on Amazon. I hope you will read them and pass them on to others!
This White House (Book One), Going Sane (Book Two) and A Spectacular Dawn (Book Three)