Happy Birthday & An Art Retreat!

Today is The Ever-Gorgeous Earl’s 60th birthday, and since he’s also my collaborator and the photographer for Destination Creativity: The Life-Altering Journey of The Art Retreat, with our names together right there on the cover:

Freeman-Zachery book

I wanted to take today to wish him the happiest birthday ever. We’re not big on traditional celebrations–we have fun no matter what day it is–and so there’s no party in the works, no fancy dinner. Nope. Instead, we leave later this week for Art is You–Nashville, where we’ll be working and hanging out with some of our favorite people ever. That’s what he gets for his birthday: a road trip and an art retreat, all rolled into one. Lucky for me those are two of his favorite things; he’d rather be talking to artists and taking photos for Ellen and Sallianne than just about any celebration I could dream up on my own. Here we are last year, trying on tutus at Art Is You Petaluma:

Freeman-Zachery us tutus Art is You

We’ve been married for 36 years this June, and it is, without a doubt, the best decision I ever made. Not only is he gorgeous and charming and a genuinely kind and compassionate human being, but he is also the kind of partner every creative person needs: totally supportive all the time whether he has any idea what you’re rattling on about or not. If I said, “I need to drive out in the country and have you take photos of different colors of dirt,” he’d say, “OK; let’s go.”


Plus he happily wears the stuff I make for him:

Freeman-Zachery Earl 1 Freeman-Zachery Earl 2 Freeman-Zachery Earl 3 Freeman-Zachery Earl 4

And, yeah, I take great delight in saying, every year, “Happy birthday, my little April Fool!”


So if you get a chance–if you’re near Nashville and want to check out a fabulous new location for a really popular art retreat–come on over. And be sure to find us and say “hello.”


Ricë is the author of Living the Creative Life, Creative Time and Space, and Destination Creativity. She also blogs at The Voodoo Cafe.


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One Response to Happy Birthday & An Art Retreat!

  1. Happy Birthday to EGE!! Have a GREAT time in Nashville and wishing many more happy years. What a sweet couple you are. Perfection!