As the large man in the red suit prepares to depart from the North Pole, we’d just like to say a big thanks to each and every one of you for providing us with inspiration throughout the year and for making this community such a wonderful and unique place. We wander around in a permanent state of amazement at the talent we encounter and the endless amounts of kindness, encouragement, entertainment and motivation you offer each other.
This year, our cockles have been warmed by artists who embraced the unknown in an effort to try something new or so willingly offered a helping hand to others. We’ve been inspired by watching people grow creatively and we’ve seen friendships form. We’ve had our faith restored by artists who’ve overcome their differences, agreed to disagree and are still able to treat each other with respect and kindness. And we’ve had the pleasure of admiring some amazing work by talented people we’re proud to call ‘bubblers’ … (Someone pass Mr Baxter a tissue … he seems to have something in his eye).
So before that third glass of Sherry kicks in and we start getting emotional, we’d like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. We hope you’ve enjoyed 2010 as much as we have and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.