Dear Friends,

I am hoping that this note finds you well during these stressful times. There have been pandemics before and we will get through this if we do our best to take care.

For most of us in the U.S. it means getting quiet, living more simply, staying away from others for a short time.

For other people in the U. S. this task is not so simple. Many people need to continue to work for fear of eviction or lack of food. For others having a place to get meals is now more of a challenge, soup kitchens that provided congregate meals aren’t serving (although many are offering food boxes for take out). For others missing the support of community can enhance anxiety and fear, possibly leading to relapse. Buses are not running or taking few riders, to be “safer”, while completing their limited routes.

Photos taken from a YOUTH GROUP this past January. Kyley Shurrona, Aurora Volunteer was the Instructing Artist.

Pandemics happen, thankfully NOT very frequently, not even in our lifetimes. Every day I have been thinking about what I can do to help. I am now in a higher risk age group, so as hard as it has been, I haven’t gone into the community to reach out and do some of the things I had done not so long ago.

As Board President and coordinator for Aurora Studio this is what volunteers and I have done. We have been calling all of our participants weekly to check in, see how they are doing and insure they are all set with food and medications. I have hosted an on line art group with our friends at Seek Healing. I am working on future planning and last week hired Aurora Studio’s first time ever Grant Writer.

Making art during turbulent times is one way to navigate. There are times in each of our lives when we truly don’t know which way the boat is heading. All we can do is observe and document our passage. As humans, we can do this through the arts, it is one of the many gifts the arts bring us.

In September, I left my job in order to set the sails for Aurora, for the program to become more sustainable. Plans for sustainability include one and a half time paid staff (as we are now primarily volunteers, myself included) and a space of our own (we now use a local community center one day a week). 

During these times of financial uncertainty, I am asking each and every one of you to do your part, be the helper that Fred Rogers talked about. Whether you donate to your local food pantry, hospital, homeless shelter…help in whatever way you can.

(Buncombe County Relief link:

And, if you want to support a program that promotes individuals with life’s challenges turning them into art and creating community, of course Aurora Studio will accept donations. Donations can be made at:

We truly are in this together. I wish you and yours safe passage (and remember to wash your hands!).

Lori Greenberg

M.Ed, LCAS, Founder and Board President


Dear Friends,

I am writing this note to let you know that with the challenges we all face at this time due to COVID 19, Aurora Studio will not be hosting any classes. This is out of concern for those people we care about and want to take care of at this time (including ourselves). 

This means that we will not be hosting our weekly classes at the Community Center or the group at Seek Healing.

I (Lori Greenberg) am available for phone check ins with our community. And would like to offer phone check ins with a few of the members of the Seek Healing Community as well. Over the course of this week, I plan to look into how to host  an on line group to see if this might be something the folks from Seek Healing would be interested in.

I am thinking our groups will be in hibernation for the next 2-4 weeks and I will be paying attention to public health info and will notify you when we will start up again.

I wish everyone a safe time, taking walks, listening to music, reading, FaceTiming, chatting on the phone. I will be around, but not in social settings at this time.

We will get through this together.

Love and good health to you all,

Lori Greenberg


Dear Friends,

I know that things are changing daily due to COVID 19. Due to concerns about the health of the our community – GINGERS REVENGE WILL NOT BE HOSTING THE ROARING 20’s PARTY, SATURDAY, MARCH 14TH.

We invite you to join us, Saturday, March 14 at the Stand Gallery/Phil Mechanic 12 – 3pm for our ART OPENING.

If you cannot make it and would like to support the work we do at Aurora Studio & Gallery, donations can be made, which will help support our events at:

Please stay safe and stay tuned for a future date.

Thank you for your support, your interest in ZELDA and commitment to the arts,
Lori Greenberg, M.Ed, LCAS