I have never really considered how fortunate I am to have the ability to make deliberate, intentional decisions. I have grown up with the gift of choice. I chose to enter the Peace Corps after college. I chose to attend graduate school. I chose to move to the Methow. I chose to work as the Director of Confluence. Some choices involved spontaneity while others were made methodically, often resulting from extensive family discussion.
We did not choose to lose our home in a wild fire. We were suddenly – unpredictably – thrust into a position to make decisions that we otherwise wouldn’t have considered. Do we rebuild? Do we pay off our mortgage? Where do I set up a new studio? How can we be considerate of our land, let it do what it needs to do? Do we really need that (the answer is usually no)? Do we both continue to work full-time while trying to manage the weight of so many choices?
The gift of choice can be laborious. Yet, I recognize that it is a gift, even if it feels like I’m being forced into it.
The past month has certainly been trying. However, the support has been tremendous, including by the Confluence Board of Directors. They have stepped up even more than before, something I thought impossible given how much time and energy they already contribute. Dedicated volunteers have assumed more shifts in my absence, and Kate (our Administrative Assistant) has caught some of my dropping balls. To each and every one of you – thank you.
Despite the outpouring of support and how much I love Confluence…due to the fact that Confluence needs a strong leader (especially now after this season of disasters)…with my energy ebbing and flowing, I do not feel capable of filling that role. I have made the decision to resign; a choice, but not an easy one.
The summer has almost passed, not without causing damage to the Valley’s economy. Like many other local businesses, Confluence was impacted by power outages, smoke-filled air, low class enrollment, and slower tourism. As a creative hub in our community, it’s essential that we play a role in rebuilding, supporting, giving, sharing.
Confluence is 26 years’ strong. It will continue to thrive with your support, and with a dynamic new Director. If there’s anything I’m certain about after a month of reeling, it’s that the future of our vibrant gallery is promising.
I will stay with Confluence until a new Director is hired and trained, and I will continue to volunteer on the Show Committee. Moving forward, my work will be as a mother and artist, offering support to my family as we adjust to this new life.