butterflies and ravens, fantastical skies, and (arguably her best work) aspens. Though she's alwaysloved drawing and painting trees, Ms. Storm is particularly drawn to aspens: "There's somethingmythic about them," she says. "A grove of aspens is usually all one big plant. That makes them thelargest organisms in the world." These qualities -- whimsy, fantasy, and a broad, multi-generationalappeal -- seem to find their way into every aspect of Ms. Storm's prolific artistic life, from her own work to the imaginative and visionary artists she represents, and to the fun, exploratory workshopsshe teaches. As a licensed Montessori teacher, Ms. Storm believes strongly that everyone has an innate desire andability to learn. The Montessori approach recognizes that although education may be a largely socialactivity which happens at the group level, learning is entirely individual. "That's something I useevery day in my life," she says. "Everyone, from the child on up to the adult -- and the artist -- learnsindividually." Ms. Storm regularly applies artistic and creative approaches to her students' academicstudies, and her regular creative workshops, which range in focus from basic color theory to art andsensory integration, utilize this same Montessori approach. Many parents, she says, are seekingalternatives to the traditional educational model in an effort, as she puts it, "to keep that spark intheir child's eye." And whether teaching children or adults, Ms. Storm's goal in her workshops is thesame: to give people the opportunity to connect, explore, and discover -- to take full advantage of their innate desire to learn and create.The vision and spirit of advocacy Ms. Storm brings to education and the arts would be important toany community, even one that embraces cultural arts as enthusiastically as Santa Fe. But even as she works to help individuals, Ms. Storm's scope continues to broaden. In addition to donating theproceeds from her own art to the local Montessori school, she is currently in the planning stages of ashow which would represent emerging artists and students from the Bobea Arts Centre in Kenya.Founded by Pascal Chuma in 2007, the Bobea Arts Centre is dedicated to making education andcareers in the arts accessible to children who otherwise lack the means to pursue a fine artseducation. For this show, the Montessori school would serve as an annex to the gallery, highlightingthe important connection between education and the arts that is so central to Ms. Storm'sphilosophy. "It's such a rare and wonderful opportunity," she says. "Everyone I've talked to has said,
yes, yes, yes
."It's what we hope for -- a society that only says
to outreach. Thanksto Linda Storm and her remarkable engagement with the art world, we're a little bit closer to it.