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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Artisan and Artifacts

February has always, always produced significant changes in my life. I warned those around me that change was upon us (again) Do I make this stuff up? Probably! And, when I make this stuff up in my mind, change inevitably presents itself. You've heard of things like vision boards, dream journaling and creative visualization, haven't you? These things work for me and I might add, anyone who plays around with the many ways that prayer works.

Some awesome things showed up, as expected. I never know exactly what they will look like, but change is ALWAYS good and for me like unwrapping a gift. I know, it's going to be good, I just don't know exactly what is inside the package.

I was in belief that opportunity would appear that would provide me with more ways to make a living as an artist. After a heavy duty year of accumulating doctor and hospital bills around my husband's illnesses and surgeries, we just needed a boost to get to the other side of the financial obligations. Voila! A meeting of the minds with the owner of my favorite store,  Artisan Santa Fe, brought forth the chance to collaborate with this Santa Fe institution! I am now working with them as Outreach Coordinator to further the already successful classes, demos, events and their world famous Artisan Materials Expo . If there is something I love as much as creating my own art, it is nurturing creativity in the world! So, you see, I get to do both!

View from my desk at Artisan Santa Fe . Go ahead and drool if you love art supplies!

One of the terrific things about my new position is the flexibility that allows me to continue on my path as an artist. Speaking of THAT, my paintings landed in a beautiful gallery Artifacts Gallery in Farmington, New Mexico beginning in April! Just when I thought the only wondrous thing about Farmington was our youngest son and daughter-in-love and our cherished granddaughter, Layla. Now, I will combine two of passions (Layla and Art) in every monthly trip to NW New Mexico! How great is that?! Check out Artifacts Gallery  It is worth the trip. Stay tuned. I'll have much more to share about this serendipitous place!

 Layla helped me discover this magical gallery!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Kaleidescope Show

The past two years have been an art whirlwind! I was telling the story about how the very esteemed Dallas Dutch Art Gallery "discovered" me in Santa Fe and changed my life. Thanks to the very fine, Fine Artist, Sharon Hodges and incredibly talented and most hard working artist I know Painter Extraordinaire Kay Wyne for pointing Dutch Art Gallery owners Pam and Hans Massar my way! It's been such a wonderful experience being in partnership with an organization that sets the bar so high. Let's just say that after 50 years in business they know how the art world works!  The gallery is gorgeous and represents some of the finest artists from around the world. They treat their artists like valued partners and their collectors like family!

The Kaleidoscope show featuring Kay and Sharon and me opened with great success on Saturday. I am happy to say four of my paintings found new homes on opening day! Plus, a ton of my stationary with images of my paintings. The show is so colorful and inspiring with each of us bringing something totally new to the gallery walls. If you missed it, stop by and see it before March 1st!

You know, I am from Dallas, which adds the fun element of getting to see old friends when I come to these shows. Here are some of my loves and supporters of my creative career. I am truly one lucky artist!

Friend, Artist Advocate and Collector Gayla and Me
(and the Magical Mystery Tour! )
Just two little Beatlemaniacs who have loved each other since 5th grade! 
Cyndi and Me

Stop over to Facebook for blow by blow descriptions of this artist's shenanigans in between my oh so sporadic blogging!