BODY PRESENCE: Evan Spirito Memorial Foundation
Flynn Grinnan’s current artwork in BODY PRESENCE addresses the interaction between clay and the human body, whether it is through a thrown vessel form, a fired slab of clay that was draped over a body, or a photograph depicting similar acts. A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Evan Spirito Memorial Foundation, whose mission is two-fold; to provide scholarship aid to students in need who demonstrate sportsmanship, character, and concern for others; and to support lung cancer research.
Shortly after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 non small cell lung cancer on January 9, 2009, Evan asked his father Anthony: “What does it mean to beat cancer?”
In his eulogy, Anthony shared: “If you can’t play lacrosse, you ski. But you don’t just ski, you ski 32 days despite getting chemo every third week. And then after graduation, you become a ski instructor. Safe to say there aren’t too many ski instructors who have lung cancer but then again Evan rarely told anyone at work or at school that he had cancer.”
For the next two years, Evan maintained his strength and dignity by living life to the fullest as if cancer was just a blip on the radar screen. His tenacity and fighting will won over many admirers, both at home and on the ski slopes at Vail, Colorado.
Flynn can attest firsthand that Evan is “an inspiration, courageous, gentle , respected and loved by so many, one of the kindest people I have ever known.” He grew up down the street from the Spirito summer house in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, where he and Evan became like brothers over the years, spending every summer day together.