There’s a quote from Stephen DeStaebler: Artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working.
While I’m not in pain, exactly, the discomfort from not writing a blog has finally exceeded the … you get the point. This is long overdue and I refuse to put “Blog post” on another To-do list.
There is actually a lot of good news to share!
For starters, I got accepted into the Periscope Artist Entrepreneur training program. It starts this Thursday and runs for six weeks (half a day, once a week.) This year’s class is smaller and more focused on visual artists than the inaugural program last year. I’m very much looking forward to meeting my classmates and digging in to the entrepreneurial mindset. (If you recall, I took a similar workshop a few years ago that was an intensive weekend course so packed full of information that I still haven’t digested it all.)
The sculpture pieces for Dyeing House Gallery were sent off after a couple of shipping hiccups. I am incredibly pleased with how they all turned out, and the photographs I took actually did them justice! Annalisa from DHG emailed me sixteen interview questions that challenged me to be equally creative (two of them I couldn’t answer, much to her chagrin). Once it is all posted on their blog I’ll share it here and everywhere.
As part of my lease agreement with Ground Floor Gallery + Studios, after one year as a tenant I am allowed a solo exhibition there. Instead of showcasing my own work, I decided that I’d like to curate a soft sculpture show. So for the last couple of weeks, I have been buttoning down details, inviting incredibly talents artists to participate, building a website, creating a logo and dizzying myself with preparatory ideas… for a show that won’t open until October! The invitational exhibition is called “Touched” and will feature works by eleven soft sculpture artists from the US, UK and the Netherlands. Without giving too much away just yet, I can only tell you that this is going to be a knock-out show and I’m delighted that I get to represent AND participate!
Bear with me here.. there is so much good news and this part makes me uneasy. What I’m about to confess is related to all of the above activity. After sixteen months of extolling the virtues of quieting the beast and streamlining my social media machine: I rejoined Facebook.
Everyone I have talked to understands that “it’s for business”, but I haven’t been able to make peace with the decision even though I know it’s the right one. There are checks and balances in place to keep me from resuming the addict behavior. After the show in October, I’ll reassess the usefulness of the page and take it all down again if needed. That’s some comfort.
(Am I being ridiculous?)
One last bit of
non-icky GOOD news: I updated the Sculpture page! Take a look at some of the things I’ve been working on in the last 6 months, including all the DHG sculptures and more.