I starred at the intimidating blank canvas with reservation. Many years had passed life happens and through it all my desire to paint faded and was nearly forgotten. So there I stood like a warrior suited for battle. Sixty years old, legally blind and my legs weakened from Multiple Sclerosis. My paintbrush loaded with a thick gesso, was my artillery. With a warrior’s fight to win, I struck with intent, my arms moving swiftly back and forth with each stroke. Exhilaration spilled over me, warming rawness, exposing what felt natural to me. I completed that painting, and with each painting that followed, a sense of accomplishment and pride replaced what was once a feeling of boredom and uselessness. An awakening was occurring in my soul. A passion that became addicting and exhilarating. To move forward you must know where you’ve been. It’s our story and our journey. What one does with their story is strictly up to them. I am certain that my personal journey was well orchestrated because through the hardest of trials a gift was restored.
Three years later and dozens of paintings completed, my next chapter was about to unfold. With my nose pressed against a dirty store front window of a vacant building, I saw a number to call. I knew that second, what I was meant to do. It was shortly after that day Annex 25 was born. My vision for what that space was to become had never been more clear. My enthusiasm was energized by the possibilities. It would become a place of celebration, where new artists begin their journey, as well as the seasoned artists, inspiring the most avid collector.
The Annex 25 will embrace individuality, creative expression and will awaken your soul! Every sense will engaged. So relax in comfort, sip on cocktails, taste warm tantalizing tapas, listen to a myriad of musical talent and gaze at the art with your family and friends. You will realize the Annex 25 is not just a place to go it is an experience.
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