Lately my husband and I have been focusing on decluttering our house and tackling deferred-maintenance issues, in order to get our house ready to list for sale. A big part of the decluttering concerns my artwork and art supplies. There's just not enough room to neatly store it all away. So it had to go. But where?
Last week I stumbled across a small rental space within this building, a former theatre ..... hmm ....
There's been an idea floating around town for quite a while to fill that building with artists & entrepreneurs. The interior is divided into several lease spaces of varying sizes with a long hallway down the middle. Currently 3 businesses (antiques/collectibles/novelty/artsy/gifts) and a non-profit are housed inside. The smallest vacant space rents for $100 a month.
My mind was spinning with ideas .... would it be better to have my work on display than to box everything up and store it away? I don't have the time to open a business right now, but I could put up a periodically changing display, with my contact information available .... maybe have some limited open hours during events and on weekends? I envisioned a name, a logo, had the interior layout all planned out in my head ..... yikes, that sounds an awful lot like a business.
After careful deliberation I decided it was not the right move for me at this time. It's probably a reasonable rate but seems like a lot of money for display space. And more hassle than I need at this point in my life. *sigh* So I packed up all my art stuff and lugged it over to a storage area in a local gallery, in exchange for a donation. Less expensive for me, and a cash boost for them.
But someday ......
Weird, busy, nerve-wracking day.
For a little de-stressing break, I escaped to Krazy Dad's Kaleido-land for a bit. I haven't visited in a while. Forgot how addicting it can be.
Check it out.
Here are just a few of my results, using images of my own artwork.
Seriously, seriously addicting.
Busy weekend! In addition to making sure my mom is settled back in at home after a 4-week stay in transitional care (after suffering a broken pelvis), including getting all her laundry caught up and reorganizing her sewing area, I managed to make good progress on several projects:
Tonight I will have the privilege of sitting on a design jury for a Baker College architectural design class. I was invited to participate by architect friend Ron Campbell who is teaching the class. Since I was quite possibly an architect in a former life (or perhaps destined to be one in the next?), this sounded fun and I jumped at the opportunity.
The students will each be making a presentation of their Schematic Design for a library in the fictional small town of Ambleside that just happens to have a few similarities to Lapeer, not the least of which is the site itself: a slightly modified version of a real site in Lapeer. The other jurors are a librarian and a landscape architect; I am to bring a City Planner's perspective to the panel. But I'm sure my inner architect will be heavily engaged as well. I can hardly wait.
This website was launched about a month ago in its beginning stage and so far I've only told a handful of people about it. Time to prod it along, add more information, and slowly get it out there to the masses.
I should probably begin by getting this News page up & running so I can tell about all the arty things that are happening in my world.
Such as: the upcoming "Women" annual exhibit at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit; the 5th anniversary celebration and exhibit of Julia Kay's Portrait Party in San Francisco; the Art on Nepessing festival in Lapeer MI; and my first solo exhibit at Cranberries Cafe in Goodrich MI this September. And who know what else may pop up?
(I'm not sure why I doubted I'd have enough to write about to justify adding a news page.)
And I suppose I need a properly formatted curriculum vitae. I found some great resources online on how to create one ... and I will get to it eventually ... for now though, this simple list will have to suffice.