It is a philosophy originated by Boris Koodrin, director of the Fine Arts Galleria at the San Mateo County Fair. His inspiration took form in collaboration with blues guitarist Kelly Richey when he illustrated her 2008 album “Carry the Light.”
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Within the Fine Arts Galleria, Boris and his wife, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, the department’s literary director, provide opportunities each year at the county fair for artists, writers, and performers to express themselves in their chosen medium. We invite them to bring their own audience and practice developing their presentation skills on our Galleria floor.
Boris and Bardi believe that everyone has an important story to tell and in the importance of learning how to share it creatively. Their intent is to challenge people to reflect on how much they have to be grateful for, and to help instill the thought that there is unlimited potential in what we can do to uplift one another.
When we learn how to harness our creative power and couple it with the ability to discern the unique nature of our own personal story, and then mentor someone else in the process of discovering and expressing the uniqueness of their own story, we become conscious creators and carriers of the light.
“We are all called to paint a masterpiece with our lives.”