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Monday, October 25, 2010

West Bloomfield authors "A Gentle Whisper"

A year ago, West Bloomfield authors Joanne Ewald and AnnaMaria Sala were putting the finishing touches on a book about their inspirational journey toward discovering and living their dreams.  

Simultaneously, they were organizing an art fair at their church.  It wasn't until after the show they realized that their book would not be complete without the inspiring story surrounding their involvement with the art show.  

Fast forward to present day when the authors will debut their book, A Gentle Whisper, at the 2ndAnnual Free Spirit Art Fair on Saturday, November 6 at Orchard LakeCommunity Church in Orchard Lake, Mich.

"The Free Spirit Art Fair originally began as a way for us to give back to our church, but the inspiring relationships and experiences we cherished from the show became an intricate part of our story, which shares how faith and friendships helped us find our way," said Ewald.

The book, their art and the art of nearly 30 other Free Spirit artists, communicate uplifting and encouraging messages intended to, as the show's theme implies, lift the soul.

Ceramics artist Susan Gilland, a returning Free Spirit participant, says that out of a dark period in her life came the "enlightenment" to her true purpose of creating art that reinforces positive affirmations.  "I want to reach out to others who are struggling along the way and touch their souls with my story and art," said Gilland.

Stories of hope are told through a variety of mediums at the show including glass, painting, jewelry, metal, mixed media, pottery, fiber and ceramics.

"The atmosphere (of Free Spirit) is warm and inviting, a genuine caring and interest in the heart and soul
behind the art," commented mixed media artist Lisa Jarrell, whose hope is that her art touches hearts and offers encouragement each time it is viewed.

Patrons of the show will also be treated to live entertainment, food, even a children's craft corner, where kids can create while parents shop.   Entertainment lineup includes: The Lincolnshire Woodwind Quintet; Christian pop singer Marvalinn; Pianist Henry Feinberg; and Josh Tuck and the 19th Street Fusion.

 The public show on Saturday is from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission is $2.

All proceeds for the event support OLCCP's fundraising and mission efforts.

For further information, contact Joanne Ewald at 586.924.8776 or



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