2015 was an eventful year - full of changes and new experiences. Some of the highlights:
- Lapeer got its first outdoor public art installation, and I got to facilitate it!
- I created an art website!
- I invested in a tent and some display materials, and participated in our local art fair with my own booth for the the first time.
- I got my art on display outside of Lapeer: Grand Haven, Detroit, Pontiac, Goodrich and Cass City MI, and San Francisco CA.
- People actually bought some of my work! A total of 10 pieces sold, from $25 to $160. Obviously I'm not going to get rich this way, but if I can make enough to cover supplies & other expenses, I consider it a win.
- Hubby and I got some major home renovation projects done in preparation for putting our house up for sale. (#1 item on my wish list for the next house - a space large enough for all my art and sewing stuff in one room!)
- I RETIRED from the day job!
- A full-page story about me ran in the local paper (which I still think was TOO MUCH, but appreciated none the less.)
My favorite pieces created in 2015:
And of course, there were some lows:
- Too many funerals, too many of people close to my age.
- A new back problem for my husband has emerged, which will require yet another surgery. It may have had something to do with the non-stop home renovations over the summer, or may have coincidentally developed on its own around that time; we'll never know.
- A deal for the purchase of our home fell through, at the same time our offer on a house we hoped to buy was rejected. Back to square one.
- I can't even remember how many times my mom fell. Luckily only a few (2 or 3?) required trips to the ER. The others just required helping to get her up off the floor. Then there was that one fall that resulted in pelvic fracture and a lengthy hospital stay - she bounced back and healed just fine, but unfortunately, continues to fall :(
- My weight is at an all-time high, and I can't stay like this. I've been down this road so many times .... *sigh* ... so here I go, one more time ....
I will start 2016 with an earnest to-do list. Not exactly resolutions; more like a plan.
Looking forward to another year full of new experiences!
Just a little photo manipulation of existing pieces with more Christmasy-looking colors.
This post is mainly a list for myself of upcoming exhibit opportunities that I may pursue. I will be updating it periodically as I become aware of others to add to the list.
Abstract Attractions - The Crofoot, Pontiac MI - January 15, 2016. This is an exhibit/event being developed by a friend of my daughter's. I have been invited to participate, 2 pieces per artist. Not sure if it's a one-day exhibit/event, or if the Jan. 15 date is an opening event and the art stays up longer? Details are still emerging. I dug out some of my abstract paintings in order to select two to submit. Couldn't decide so I let my daughter pick.
(Side note: The Crofoot is an interesting venue. Mainly a concert hall, but also available for rent for special events. My daughter got married there 2 years ago.)
UPDATE: There is now a facebook page explaining the event .... sounds like I might feel a bit out of place there ... will talk to Angela and figure out if I should even attend.
LOV Art Show - at Lyrics On Vinyl, Pontiac, February 12, 2016. Deadline to enter is February 5th; the theme is "love" . This is the same venue where my daughter held the City Pride exhibit I was involved in last year, a record store owned by her friend. This is another exhibit/event organized by my daughter.
Women International Art Exhibit - deadline to enter is February 5, 2016. A different theme is presented each year. For last year's "mentors" theme I exhibited my Winter Dirndl portrait of my mother. It was a lovely exhibit but my overall experience was not great. There was no contract, the organizers were not very responsive to questions, the gallery was in a not-great neighborhood, and I was concerned about security. In the end it all turned out fine though.
This year the exhibit will be at a different venue, North End Studios where my daughter previously interned so at least I don't feel like they are total strangers. The theme this year is “Presidents and CEOs.” I have no idea what I would create for this theme, but there's still time to think about it.
Venus Rising (4th annual) - Tangent Gallery, Detroit - deadline to enter is February 15, 2016. For "women painters, sculptors, performance artists, DIYers, poets, crafters, vendors, body painters, and everyone else in between who might be interested in displaying their art in our exhibition." Any subject matter; $10 entry fee; 20% commission. Sounds like a good one.
All-area Juried Show at Studio 23 in Saginaw - deadline to enter is August 1, 2016. Plenty of time but I wanted to be sure to get this on the list so I don't lose the link.
DaVinci's Salon and Gallery in Ann Arbor - ongoing. I would probably want to have a group of work with a cohesive them to present if/when I try for this. Something to think about.
Lansing Art Gallery - eek! 50%commission? Never mind. This one goes on the list just as a reminder to ignore further artist calls from them ... unless I get famous and start selling my work for $$ thousands.
more to come ....