Editor's Note/Winter Idaho Arts Quarterly 2009 

The first snow of the season has fallen and unlike we humans, the trees have discarded their extra coverings and stand bare. The transition to a simpler state is telling of our circumstances as we simplify, shed excess, stand strong and survive. It is all part of a process that we must endure.

In this issue, we are honored to tell the story of "Speak for the Trees," the book composed by Andria Friesen featuring the work of 76 internationally renowned artists. During a visit to Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley last summer, Friesen's passion for the venture that she was undertaking came spilling forth. Much of what is contained in the article herein—the first to appear on the project—was described that day. Friesen also put us in touch with individuals involved in the project, which led to discussions with some of the most gifted artists working today.

I say "discussions" because that is the approach that we embrace here at Idaho Arts Quarterly. We do not conduct interviews, per se, but instead attempt to draw the subjects of our articles into a conversation. Our goal is to have the reader become part of that dialog. We tell tales, we discuss, we converse, we describe. By design, we do not criticize. We trust people to come to their own conclusions and form their own opinions. We let readers know what is going on, by way of our comprehensive listings for statewide arts events on our Web page, but even so, we like to think of that as an invitation to participate.

Why have we chosen to do things this way? Because we love the arts. We appreciate art. We respect artists. We love to look, and to listen, and to feel. The arts are an integral part of us, as they are of you.

As we fall into winter, take note of your good fortune to enjoy, observe and support the arts that exist around you. You need them as much as they need you.


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