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25 years party

Posted on January 14, 2009

Have you ever wanted to shoot hoops indoors, take two steps to the left and toss a beanbag for prizes while shaking it to a DJ's beat in the middle of a limbo contest? And, did you want this once-in-a-lifetime confluence of dreamy activity to be shared with some of the best, most beautiful and creative people in the universe? Well, your wishes were fulfilled if you were at Creativity Explored's 25th Anniversary party in December, including a respite from the overwhelming sensory expanding joy described above with some gourmet Mexican food catered by El Hurache Loco. There might have been a million people attending, or maybe we had all merged into one happy collective human experience, but either way, the building was filled to capacity. A glance below at the photographs will clarify what would take an infinite amount of words to describe. But just to be sure, from left to right you'll notice: James Miles in disguise as one of his own artworks. Gordon Chin saving Geri from an eternity in Limbo. Vincent Jackson giving Amy some essential advice. Anne Slater and Megan huddling up before unleashing their choreographed dance routine. In case you were wondering: 25 years is longer than the life spans of an ant, queen bee, hamster, mouse, Tasmanian Tiger, and an American Newt combined! And in case you were curious about what else was going on in 1983: Lech Walesa won the Nobel Peace prize, McDonald's introduced the McNugget, Flashdance ruled the box office while Ronald Reagan created and starred in his own version of "Star Wars", and in Antarctica the lowest temperature ever recorded, -128.6 degrees F, was registered. So out of that frozen time, CE was born and has been melting the frost off the world for 25 years. The first artist to join us in 1983, Melody Lima (second from the left in the main photo above, with her hands covering her giggling), is still here making and selling artwork, and partying with her new and always growing group of artist comrades, helping to keep San Francisco warm with their infinite enthusiasm and imagination.

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