Well I am just overwhelmed! And I know, I say that like it’s a new thing, but apparently I just can’t keep up with life, and that’s all there is to it.
You may be aware that I moved in April – both my house and my studio. It was a sad thing to leave the River Arts District – I met so many fascinating and lovely people there. But it was the right thing to do. I now have my studio in my home again, and although that makes it more difficult to show my art to you, I have a lovely, comfortable space for it. The light is good, the space is a loft with a balcony that opens onto the lower level, and it’s wonderfully convenient.
I will have to get some shelves for the glass – the old shelving is too tall for the slanted ceiling!
And now that I am semi-settled into the new studio, I have been busy arranging opportunities for you to see my art:
- Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Auction – Saturday, August 27 is the 16th annual Conservation Celebration at Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain Lodge. I have donated a mosaic for the silent auction. As a long time supporter of The Nature Conservancy and other conservation groups, my heart is fully into this opportunity to help them out. See their website for more information about the event.
- ArtCurious Gallery – Thursday, September 1 will be the Grand Opening of the ArtCurious Gallery in Johnson City, TN. Located on Boones Creek Rd just south of the trestle bridge (the former Boones Creek Pottery Gallery), I am honored to be included in the list of artists showing here. Come to the Grand Opening on September 1 from 5 – 8 pm – I’ll be there!
- WNC Open Studios Tour – October 1 – 16. This is a brand new event, modeled after the Open Studios Tour in Devon, UK. Its format is different from other open studio events, in that it has a lengthy 16-day event schedule and a wide geographical range of studio locations. (Although the home page of the website says it covers Bumcombe, Polk and Transylvania counties, it is actually larger than that. I am in Madison county, and I understand that at least one artist is in the Spartanburg vicinity.) This is to create a more leisurely, in-depth connection with the artists and to provide an opportunity to discover unfamiliar mountain communities. My studio will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during this time from 10 – 5. See their website for the list of talented artists and to plan your tour!
Although I am struggling to keep up with organizing a new home, a part time job, out-of-town guests and art making, I am finding a bit of time to work on a new piece. This is called Dalliance, in part because it slightly resembles a dahlia, and also because I am toying with this process of making a piece that has no real-life inspiration. I have no photos of flowers similar to this, the shape is not based on any particular flower, and the colors are not very realistic. It reminds me by turns of a dahlia, an impatien, and a rugosa rose.
Whatever. I like it.
P.S. – OMG! I forgot to mention the CMA Summit Exhibition!!!
See? I told you I just can’t keep up.
This is by far the best and most prestigious of the exhibition opportunities. I have been extremely honored two years in a row with a place in this exhibition. I am very unhappy to have to tell you that the organizers have decided that this will be the last of its kind. If you can possibly get to Ashland, OR during the exhibition (September 17 through October 16, 2016) DO IT!! Just look at the list of luminaries who will exhibit there with me, from 8 different countries. I will be sending Tamworth Nocturne.