Art Family


Seth, Orly & I


Seth & I at in my back yard.

The boys

Brian, John and Terry

My Walks Journals

My two handmade journals created in “If Walls Could Talk”.

Brian Stack

Our journal stack in my home.

Orly Stack

Our journal stack in Orly’s home

I had a wonderful vacation a week ago spending 6 days with Terry Garrett from Minnesota and John Arbuckle from Washington. We spend a lot of time creating art, sharing wonderful food and laughing, and sharing stories.

I also had the wonderful good fortune to spend time with Seth Apter from New York. I was able to host Orly Avineri’s and Seth’s wonderful class, “If Walls Could Talk” at my home for two days, making and creating handmade journals. I was able to take the class again with Terry and John over the weekend at Orly’s home.

Previously I had only known Seth from our communications online. We have always supported and encouraged each other’s art for several years. I was thrilled when Seth asked me to submit art for his newest book, “The Pulse of Mixed Media:Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed.” Spending time with Seth was very easy and comfortable, like talking with a long time friend. It was such fun taking being in Seth and Orly’s class. Seth and Orly are passionate, caring, artists and instructors.

It has taken me some time to come down from the high of such a shared experience. What I came away with was the deep sense of family. Chosen, creative, artistic family. It was a deeply moving, emotional experience. It will be interesting to see how it changes each of us and our art.

Seth’s post regarding the classes here.

DeAnne Williamson’s post regarding the class here

Terry Garrett’s post about our time together here

John Arbuckles post about our time together here

2018-05-03T13:39:48+00:00February 16th, 2014|Art Journals|11 Comments


  1. Rachel Urista February 16, 2014 at 6:42 am - Reply

    This is a really moving post. I feel the same about an art family, I feel it very deeply. The support fellow artists can give each other even online can be extraordinary. I was just talking about this today! Congratulations on being in the book! 🙂 And thank you for sharing these words and images. Very touching.

  2. Rachel Urista February 16, 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I call it my “Art Tribe” Meeting them is like meeting an old family member.

  3. jacki long February 16, 2014 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Wonderful post Brian! I love the picture of you three Gentlemen!Such a special, magical time. Thank you!

  4. Orly February 16, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Wondrous and wandering tribe with magical powers. Highest form of being. Taking and giving exuberantly yet humbly. No boundries, no berriers, no pretenses, no exuses, no apologies. No holding back. Being vulnerably couragous. Walls down, building community, building each other. Creating beautiful poetic existances. Making beauty with each and every page, book, gathering, instances of letting go of crap! Back to sleep now. Peacefully and contently.

  5. Terry Garrett February 16, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Yes Brian- this was an incredible experience and the coming down from it has been hard. The connections are strong and we in fact are family in the truest sense.

  6. emilyclineart February 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Love this! And it’s so true. I keep trying to explain it to my husband, but I guess if you don’t have an Art Family, it doesn’t make sense. XO

  7. Monica aka The Creative Beast February 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    What a great post Brian! I often feel this way about all of my friends, even if they are not ‘artists’ in the sense that they create with their hands, but I believe that we are all creative in many ways which makes us all Artists of Life. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time in the workshop led by that amazing duo, Seth Apter and Orly Avineri – I wish I could have been there!!
    Congrats on getting your work published in Seth’s book too – that is just wonderful!
    It does look like your creativity and artistry have been bursting forth in abundance with your event posts – keep it up!

  8. Darlene Campbell February 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Wow all of that art energy from three great artists AND the sun was shining for you!

  9. Seth February 19, 2014 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for the experience Brian. We literally could not have done it without you. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to share this with you and finally meet you in person. I have endless appreciation of all your support!

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  11. snabblån September 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    What’s up, just wanted to tell you, I loved this blog post.
    It was funny. Keep on posting!

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