I fell in love with writing while reading Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, Emily Bronte, Herman Hesse and Edith Wharton. I wanted to climbed inside the stories and live wildly where there was always a narrator who was wise and sensitive and knowing, though not always in control. After reading shelves of books and stacks of short stories, I dared to dream to write stories. Stories that would become real and touch readers.
But it is all Art that I value and I know my life is more meaningful, more purposeful because of music, paintings, dance, sculptures and literature. I value the artist in every child, man and woman. I started Aesara: Art for Women’s Body, Mind, Heart and Soul to support art, women as artist in a real way.
Aesara is a group for women to share their art and support others on their journey as an artist. Women by definition are creators—we create life, we create homes, meals, ideas, music, poetry; we create. We do this because it is who we are. We do it for children, our families, our community, and our world. We do it for ourselves.
Our art gives us hope and understanding. It’s our passion. It helps us to love, and forgive, and cry, and laugh. But because of the nature of our world many times our art suffers, and is laid aside and forgotten in the attics of our lives. As artists, we need to be encouraged and supported.
"I paint flowers so they will not die."
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“We live in a world where superficial gains like shoes and handbags are valued more highly than the deep, sometimes messy work of teaching an adult to read, planting a community garden, or writing a poem. Not surprisingly, over all the other voices clamoring for our attention, it can be difficult to discern that one true inner voice that calls us to a higher purpose.
Through her Aesara workshops, Kimberly has empowered me to listen to what my inner voice is telling me. She has shown me through the example of her own life how truly fulfilling it can be to step outside our narrow definition of success and to embrace change, challenge, and all of the pitfalls and the triumphs of an active, engaged existence.” – Alex Stephens, Member of Aesara and Writing Center Professional