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The Thank You Project

 

 

Dear Christian,

When I saw your studio was taking part in the Open Studios weekend, I was thrilled. I have admired your work for some time. I knew seeing your home would be a treat.

I remember the first time I learned of your incredible talent. Ten years ago, I was designing a brochure that included a photo of a wooden table that was part of one of your local commissions. I’d never heard of trompe l’oeil, but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. It was art, but so different than anything I’d ever experienced. It had pieces and secrets. You could look at it for hours and later see something completely new — an unexpected layer you had to look deeply to see or, my favorite, a near-secret flash of whimsy.

I remember the second time I came across your work, too, inside St. Peters Catholic Church. When my husband and I were married there, one of my favorite memories was showing my young nephew the tiny green lizard that lives there.

To be able to study your intricate stage models, memories and magic memorabilia in person this weekend was a few hours I will forever cherish. You have brought so much to our community. Not just in your work on behalf of the arts community and Bruce’s efforts to bring new life to the old Fox Theatre, but for the sheer magic and boundless creativity you so thoughtfully breathe into everyday life.

There was much I wanted to say to you last Saturday. I loved experiencing your home’s secrets. Being able to closely study at all the history, that teeny-tiny rollercoaster, the green fairy, delicate bird’s nest, sumptuous details and the photos of your love’s megawatt smile.

Thank you for the beautiful reminders that curiosity is something to be rewarded.

Sincerely,

 

Julie Turner

P.S. — I knew I couldn’t pick up the house key, but I tried anyway.

 

The Thank You Project is a yearlong Wordsmith letter writing and blog project. I’m recognizing and thanking people who enrich my life and make my community an even better place to live.

 

4 Comments

  • Cathy Monetti on Apr 26, 2012 Reply

    I wish I had made this stop of my Open Studios tour. So cool!

  • Aunt Dee on Apr 25, 2012 Reply

    another great letter.

  • Monica on Apr 25, 2012 Reply

    What a lovely letter. I agree- being invited into Christian’s home is a magical treat. Surprises around every corner, magic shows in the back room, and that gorgeous painting of beautiful Bruce… Christian is a treasure.

    • julie on Apr 25, 2012 Reply

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Monica!

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