Thursday, October 27, 2011

How Kim Became An Art Teacher

It was an accident really. No I mean seriously, a sledding accident changed his fate. Actually it was 2 accidents; first a slip on black ice in Boston on his way to work, then not long after that a sledding crash with the kids. That's what happens sometimes when you transplant an Aussie to the northern part of the northern hemisphere.

It's not that those two events changed his fate all of the sudden, as that's not usually how life happens. After these accidents his knees continued to get worse until he suddenly needed surgery. After the surgery he didn't recover as quickly as expected, and that's what led to losing his business. Not being able to get to Boston, managing from a distance, and customers going elsewhere because he was in physical therapy instead of being
there, these were all contributing factors.

Finally after a few months, his doctor told him he should look for another occupation where he didn't have to stand for 8 hours a day. Then his business partner said he couldn't run the business without him, so he wanted to sell. In the moment this course of events seemed tragic, but in the long run we have found the silver lining in the cloud.

It took some time, almost 2 years of physical therapy, and research into the various possibilities for a new career. One day in the course of this research he saw a sign on a house near S. Willow St. & Queen City Ave. "Modes of Expression Art Studio - classes". He went to investigate and met a wonderful fellow artist - Sheila Psaledas. Their conversation led to new possibilities, and not too long after that he started teaching his first classes there at "Modes of Expression Art Studio".

As time went on Kim found other venues for teaching classes. As it turns out this has been a good vocation for him, perhaps it was his fate in the first place but it took some extreme circumstances to realize it. Life can be that way, a bit of a bumpy road while we find our way.

A special 'Thank You' to Sheila for her support at that right time and place when Kim was deciding which direction to take. We also want to warmly thank all the places where Kim has taught over the years, as well as all the students who've taken his classes. Far too many people and places to list, but you know who you are. Our best wishes & sincere gratitude to all of you.

1 comment:

Nina Kunni said...

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