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Reflection of a year, The HeArt Box turns 1.

It has been sometime since I have posted here, it can be challenging managing an art space, creating art and building community all in one. With all the challenges and juggling this little project of mine, this is something I am proud of. What started out as just a dream, a vision, a hope for something different is now a reality. I had no idea how to get where I was going, just continually showing up and putting one foot in front of the other, moving, standing still at times to reflect and then moving again. A constant challenge to myself, to learn how to be raw, real and authentic as an artist and translating that somehow into a business.

A whole year down and behind me. Lessons learned, relationships built and most importantly roots growing deep. I believed in this dream of mine, a space for art to be seen and felt. An art gallery different from others, living, changing and breathing a life of its own. Each piece of art created by hand, the heart of the artist existing in that piece and then passed onto the collector. A community supportive of one another, for if I succeed as an artist I know that others can too. Always believing in my Flagstaff community of artists, talent that is unnoticed at times by the bigger world. We have a drive here to keep making it work, finding ways to do what we love. Cost of living can be high, opportunities scarce but worth every second of it, our home here in Flagstaff is precious so we make it work. I have learned throughout my years of living that if what you need or want doesn’t exist you have to create it. I felt I needed and wanted something for myself that didn’t quite exist, so I made it happen.

This journey of The HeArt Box, I started out on my own, not going to lie a bit scary, I faked it until it became a reality. Artists typically work in solitude our creations coming from the depths of our souls. Only we know how we see it and then we share. This is one of my most favorite moments of creating, when you get to share it with others, people’s reactions and to see them moved and inspired. The HeArt Box has been exactly this, as soon as I opened my doors people showed up. Artists came through and patrons felt the love in the work and supported us. On the days when I felt like I really didn’t know what I was doing, the days I felt like giving up; someone would show up, offer me inspiration and light. A spark to keep going. I am grateful for these little moments of exchange.

I am looking forward to the unfolding of another year, I can feel the expansion of this vision and the momentum gaining. I find excitement in the unknown this time around, new possibilities lay before me and the artists I work with. New relationships waiting to be discovered and more community. It truly is inspiring. My heart filled with gratitude, The HeArt Box filled with more life, onto year 2.

- Jill Sans

A small collection of all the artists who have contributed to The HeArt Box throughout the year. Photo taken on First Friday Artwalk, August 2nd, 2019.  Pictured from Left to Right: Gina Purri, Jerrel Singer, Katy Kyle, Jonah Hill, Nate B., Stephen Saunders, Raemy Winton, Ava Miller, Malory Donahue, MacKenzie Chase, Alexandra Melina and seated in front Jada Santoro and Jill Sans.

A small collection of all the artists who have contributed to The HeArt Box throughout the year. Photo taken on First Friday Artwalk, August 2nd, 2019.

Pictured from Left to Right: Gina Purri, Jerrel Singer, Katy Kyle, Jonah Hill, Nate B., Stephen Saunders, Raemy Winton, Ava Miller, Malory Donahue, MacKenzie Chase, Alexandra Melina and seated in front Jada Santoro and Jill Sans.

She Wolf Project at The HeArt Box

The month of February has been some serious heart felt movement. On February 7th the She Wolf Project - i.e. Flagstaff Female Collective held there monthly meet up at The HeArt Box. This was such an inspiring event and a reminder that we all need and benefit from community, we can have many forms of community.

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The She Wolf Project is a once-a-month meetup group in Flagstaff, Arizona devoted to female empowerment. They hold there monthly meet ups at different businesses around Flagstaff and feature a variety of speakers. This was such an amazing opportunity to hold space for, being a new business it was a gift to have a room filled with eyes, ears and open hearts.

Speakers for the night were Rebekah Nordstrom and Katy Kyle, artists of the show Boundless Skies currently on display until the end of February. The presentation had a focus on collaboration, a strong piece of the She Wolf Collective, “Collaboration is the key of this supportive community, and we aim to create a comfortable and healthy atmosphere where we can pitch each other our ideas and ask for solid feedback based on our own experiences and various perspectives. We hope to spark ideas into actions. “

We also heard from Jewels Livingstone, owner of Morning Glory Cafe on the Southside. She delighted us with delicious handcrafted chocolates. She is talented with her knowledge of food and the health of food. So yummy!!

Heather Kadar and Maria

Heather Kadar and Maria

Every meet up has an Alpha speaker, this night was Flagstaff photographer, Heather Kadar. I have admired her work for sometime, the way she captures the world she sees. Her use of color and light through the camera lens. She shared with us her story and her collaborative project with her husband, Sacred Sex game. It was inspiring to hear from another creative and the story of her path.

They say February is the month of love, we truly felt it. Thanks She Wolf Project for an incredible evening and all those that came out.

Photos by Laura Fish Franke and Heather Kadar.

For more information on the She Wolf Project you can find them on Facebook at She Wolf Project.

Find out more about the speakers here

Heather Kadar Photography

Morning Glory Cafe

Rebekah Nordstrom Artworks

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