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In April 2012, my 11-year anniversary of finishing grad school was looming. Restless, I impulsively leased my  house for a year. I had no real plan; I just wanted to experience something totally new and exciting. I was dying for an adventure. What I didnʼt know was that I actually was dying.

Within weeks, I was in an emergency room, diagnosed with cancer. My adventure had been highjacked by an unwelcome travel partner. But there was an interesting side effect. I learned to let go

My journey that year took me to places I hadnʼt expected and I never really left San Francisco. It was a profound acknowledgement that things would never be the same, and sometimes that can be a very good thing.

During recovery, I spent weeks alone in the redwoods, feeling the rain on my baldhead, digging for rocks at the rivers' edge, and roller-skating in an old camp mess hall. A new feeling began to stir. I wanted to share this experience; akin to the sense of discovery and excitement I had felt in art school with my artist friends, instructors and new students. I knew I had to find a way to get us together again, in this magical place, and the reason had to be art.

Camp ArtSeen was formed on the one-year anniversary of my cancer (free) diagnoses. Its intended to be a public art event that marries the playfulness of camp, the useful credibility (and hopefully inspiration) of art school, and the opportunity to just let go. With that combination, itʼs been my experience amazing things can happen. 

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