We would like to thank everyone who worked with us on this project. To everyone who gave us input and advice, asked the hard questions, and those who shared their time and energy to create this amazing project. The names that follow are just a small portion of those we wish to thank.
To the artists who participated: thank you for your willingness to try something new, for trusting us with your passions, dreams, and art, and welcoming us into your community. We appreciate every single one of you. We hope to help you grow and succeed even more in the future and will always be strong supporters of the arts! Let us continue to build our friendship and create even more wondrous things for Omaha.
Thank you to the float shops of Omaha and their wonderful teams: to Tracy & Brad Winterstein, and Sue Kalicki of Omaha Float Spa. To Scott Berryman, Molly Welsh, and their crew at Float Center. To Vicki Westergard and her team at AFloat: Mind + Body Wellness. To Marc & Kimberley Kaschke, Denise Schutt, and the True Rest: Omaha float team. To the support and efforts of my team at Blue Oceans Float - we would not have made it through without. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and advice: Julie Bledsoe, Sami Edens, Zach Oblender, Brooke Schrock, Michael Schmeeckle, & Kimberly Torres.
To Erin & Marlena Laney and Theresa Smith, thank you for being part of the initial inspiration. You three gals believed it could happen. Your excitement was the source of the wonderful energy behind the project.
Thank you to those who gave their time and wisdom on art, on floating, on business, and everything in between: Eddith Buis, Susan Woodford, Jessica Blackman of Joslynn Museum, Michael Braunstein, Sarah Rowe, Luc Armstrong of Cali Commons, Graham Talley of Float On, Kevin Thompson of Art Attacks, LLC, Lou Moreno, Jenna Johnson, Ahmad Jaffery, Robin Zagurski, Saundra Swan, Linda Marshall, Lauren Canedy, Jaim Hackbart, Bart Vargas, Tim Guthrie, Kate Dredla, Dawuane Hayes, Michael Keys, Amelia Koneck, Gabriella Quiroz, Julia & Dawn Smith, and Steve Langan.
Part of the proceeds from the art benefit auction were donated to the Omaha Creative Institute. They utilize donations to provide fabulous opportunities, events, and classes for everyone in the Omaha art community. To Andrew Saladino and everyone at the Omaha Creative Institute for believing in us and in the project. Thank you for your support and help promoting the project and event.
To Tim Barry and all the artists at the Hot Shops Art Center. You've always been welcoming to me since I first visited. I'm thankful for your friendship and the wonderful energy you bring to Omaha. I wish you all the best of luck, success, and happiness! And thank you for providing the most perfect space to host our final art exhibition - we couldn't have found a better place! What better place to celebrate art, creativity, community, and healing than at the Hot Shops?! Your generosity will never be forgotten.
To Marea Bishop, Kaylene Powell, Erin Laney, Sami Edens, Reagan D. Pufall, Amber Bambler Keller, & Julie Bledsoe for your help with photographing the artwork and bringing the project book together.
To Christina Powers, of Vigor & Moxie Creative. You brought all these concepts together into one BEAUTIFUL logo that perfectly unites art and floating. Because of your skills and caring touch, the Inspirations of Water: A Floating Artist Project will forever be known in Omaha and the midwest.
Thank you to Security National Bank for providing the means of running an art benefit auction. You have always supported our visions - no matter how crazy - and love to see us succeed. Thank you for your support and honesty, friendship and partnership.
Thank you to everyone in the surrounding community to helped us bring the artists together, who wanted to promote the project and wished for its success as much as we did. We have such a unique community in Omaha, a very supportive and generous one. We're lucky to be here with all of you. Thank you to Janet Noll of KETV Channel 7, to Mike Hogan of 91.5 KIOS-FM, and Micah Mertes of the Omaha World Herald.
From all of us in the Inspirations of Water: A Floating Artist Project ... we thank YOU!