It's official, I'm putting art-making to bed for the winter. My fall class offerings at Gallery 194 have concluded (look at those happy mandala painters from the last Mandala Painting class!). I hope to be doing them again sometime in the spring, but for now art supplies have been put away to clear space for sewing, crafting, and clearing space.
That's not a mistake, I needed to clear space in order to clear space. Let me explain.
I am still not fully recovered from the overwhelmitude of acquiring all my mother's sewing and craft supplies last year and trying to merge them with mine. I gave away and sold quite a bit, and am sewing things up as fast as I can (which is actually, unfortunately, quite slow) but still have too much. I am starting to list some things on etsy, but in order to do so I need to be able to take photographs, measure large fabric pieces, etc. I need space to be able to do that! I'd love to include some photos of my studio in my etsy "about" section, but not until my workspace is considerable less cluttered. And someday I'd like to be able to have people over for crafting sessions and/or art classes. I do have a set-in-stone goal: I am in line to host the Jackman family Quilt Day next year. By December 2018 I need to be able to fit about 15-20 people and their sewing machines in that space, with room to spread their projects out a bit. Eek! The piano is finally gone, that's a big step!
So clearing space really needs to be my focus over the winter. By sewing things up, selling, giving them away, whatever means necessary. I am up to 21 etsy listings so far: 10 bags, the rest are fabric and vintage home dec items. No sales yet, but complete strangers are starting to fave my shop, so that's a start! Come check it out!
Time to get to work. Later!
In summary, here’s where I’ll be – please join me in a class or visit me at the store:
The 4th annual Art on Nepessing St. art fair has just wrapped up. Another one is in the books; another year to reflect on what went well and what didn’t, and what we/I can do differently next year.
What went well for me personally:
The 4th annual Art on Nepessing St. art fair opens tomorrow! Friday June 2 from noon-8pm and Saturday June 3 from 10am-6pm I will be parked in my booth doing my part to promote the arts in Lapeer. I'll be peddling my classes, showing off the JKPP book, and will have mixed-media Mandalas, some random paintings (including a clearance sale section), and painted rocks for sale.
Today Cliff and I are assembling this year's Community Art Project, which will be revealed in the main art tent Friday. Stop by and take a look! While you're there, check out all the donated art that was featured in this year's art walk. You can bid on your favorite pieces in the silent auction throughout the art fair, up until Saturday at 4:30.
Saturday, please bring your kids! The kids' art activity tent is open Saturday from 11am - 4pm. And once again, they will be able to paint on an actual car (and possibly, a van too?) This was a really popular activity last year, adults wanted to get in on the act too.
New this year - we have a map listing all the vendors, along with the entertainment line-up. It will be available in the main gallery tent. Please note that the previously advertised chili cook-off has been cancelled. But there will still be food and beer and other beverages available in the Court Street entertainment area.
The weather forecast looks good (so far) ... no rain predicted until late Saturday night ... keeping fingers crossed it holds off until after clean-up. It should be a fun sun-and-art-filled weekend in downtown Lapeer!
... or it could be argued that I have rocks in my head, because I have taken up yet another creative folly: rock painting. (No this doesn't mean I've completed my last folly, the overly ambitious foray into art quilts - hah! I stuffed that into the spare bedroom for now.) Yep, I've been painting rocks. They are abundant at our new home - everywhere you stick a shovel in the ground, you hit a rock or ten. So I've been collecting, sorting, washing, looking up ideas and instructions online, of which there is also an abundance. Did you know rock painting was a "thing"? I sure didn't. But I do now. Here's my first completed batch. More are in the works. I'll have them in my booth at Art on Nepessing St.
I'm going to give this art class teaching thing another go. Gallery 194 has been working with me to schedule some new Mandala and Portrait class dates in June, and the ads have just been completed (thanks Katie Beth!)
I'll have more info at my booth at Art on Nepessing St. June 2-3.
The Art on Nepessing St. facebook page has been posting "artist profiles" almost daily, introducing the different artist who are participating in this year's event. Here is mine, featuring the painting I am donating this year: