Deborah and I have each taken the Studio Process wholeheartedly into our lives
as artists. Dayna continues to direct Open Studio Project in its new home
in Evanston where it thrives as a non-profit social service community art studio.
Deborah provides the Studio Process at Pilsen-Little Village Community Mental
Health Center to a wide variety of clients and both Deborah and Dayna train and
supervise interns in the process.
In 2000 I brought the process to my
home community of Oak Park, IL and founded the initial
version of Studio Pardes in a storefront in the Harrison
St. Arts District. For four years I taught the Studio
Process and experimented with community art projects
with much joy and many wonderful fellow artists. Examples
of this work are described in my book Art is a spiritual path
After much soul searching I closed the space in 2004 to spend more time creating
my own art, learning video, writing and thinking about the Studio Process, and
traveling to teach it in retreats and intensive workshops in diverse locations.
I chose the name "Studio Pardes" because I was seeking a sanctuary after a rough time in my life.
The word "pardes" is originally Aramaic and now Hebrew for "garden" and refers to the Garden of Eden. In Kabbalah the letters of the word refer to the four states of reality.
See Rabbi David Cooper's book God is a Verb.
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