June was a busy month for me, and all in a good way! It started with the Annual Art on Nepessing St event in downtown Lapeer. In addition to having a booth in the art fair, I was part of the event planning committee for several months prior. It was my most positive art fair experience to date (I shared my thoughts on that event in more detail my last post.)
I taught 3 classes at Gallery 194 throughout the month: one night each of Mandala Drawing and Mandala Painting, and a 3-week course in Portrait Drawing and Painting. It was my second time doing the mandala painting but the other two were new. All went well! Especially the portrait class - I got very positive feedback from the group. And one of the participants in the mandala drawing class sent me an incredibly lovely message the next day thanking me for helping her catch on, which absolutely made my day. The mandala painting class, while seemingly fun for the participants, had only 3 attending once again. We will try it again in the fall to see if it catches on, then reassess.
A Strategic Planning Committee I participated in completed a draft plan to help guide the direction of the Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer for next ten years or so, which was approved by the full board and will be shared with the public for input before finalizing.
I also got accepted to participate in this year’s Art in the Rough event in Imlay City on Saturday September 30th. It’s a one-night pop-up art event. I understand I will be assigned a location (indoors) to set up a display … and beyond that I really don’t have much more information yet.
Right now I am regrouping, putting artwork and supplies away and figuring out where to direct my attention next. There won’t be any more classes at Gallery 194 til fall (but I am available for private parties any time – will travel within reason!) One well-known local artist who stopped by my booth at Art on Nepessing St. suggested I apply to the art gallery at the Flint Farmers Market. There are a few other possibilities with other venues that I want to look into as well.
When I look back to where I was a year ago, June 2016 - dealing with a newly discovered heart condition, unexpected surgery, the sudden death of my mother, trying to pack and move 2 households, not even knowing at the time where we’d be ending up – my head was spinning with so many changes at once and I was uncertain and anxious about what the coming months may hold – and compare it to this June, it’s like night and day. A complete 180-degree change. I don’t want to get TOO excited because as I know all too well, things can change in a heartbeat (haha, pun unintended, but it fits) …. but for now, it’s all good. I feel blessed and grateful. To all who read this and care, THANK YOU so much for your support.
Mandala Drawing class
Portrait Drawing and Painting class
Strategic Plan Draft - cover & contents
my paintings at Milnes Ford, Lapeer MI
my paintings at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester MI