As I look back on 2017, I have to say that it has been an inspiring journey. I have had many changes with moving to a new state and a new home, and my husband and I becoming grandparents. Also, searching to finding my place as an artist in my new community.
Theodore and Grandpa Wade
All these changes have brought many challenges. Getting to know my way around a new area (I am so thankful for GPS.) Being in a construction zone, as we are fixing up our "not so new" home. Taking lots more time to play, as I watch my beautiful grandson grow. Finally, spending time visiting area guilds and galleries as I asking myself what is next for me as an artist and where does my artistic talents belong?
As this year comes to a close, I am realizing that for all that I have learned, I can't depend on the past to guide me into new adventures in the present, and the coming future. I have to continue to open up to new creative challenges, explore wonderful new innovative ways to create and allow my talents to flourish. This is easier said than done, it is easy to hold on to what I know, but deep down inside I am challenged to be more.
I hope that in this coming year you too will look at your talents, and allow yourself to be more! Together lets explore our abilities to create beauty, and it don't mean just in art, but in the way we live our lives; looking deep within and seeing how creativity is the center to what makes life beautiful.
I was asked the question "what is something you would do different than most people?" Let's reword it to ask "What would you do different than most people in your art? I believe that each one of us has something unique and different to bring to the art world. It doesn't matter what your medium is, I am hoping that you will explore new and different ways you can express yourself. For example, in the art guild I belong to, there is a gentleman that is a photographer. He takes his photos and layers them on top of each other to create new interesting subjects. I have never seen anything like it, and I find it ingenious wonderful and very interesting. We all have some of that in us.
January Meeting – Ana Sumner Fiber Demo
January 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
201 N. Church Street
Belleville, IL 62220
“Edwardsville Art Center Presents the Best of GEAG”
Gateway East Artist Guild Art Exhibit
Edwardsville Art Center
6165 Center Grove Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025
January 5, 2018 - February 2, 2018
January 6, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Governor French Academy Art Gallery
Winter Reflection Exhibition
223 West Main St
Belleville, IL 62220
Exhibition run through Jan 27, 2018
Gallery Hours 8-5pm Monday - Friday only on school days
I am currently looking for venues where to teach. If you are interested in hosting a class or want to participate in a class in the Edwardsville Illinois area. Please e-mail me at email@example.com.
Also, I am planning to be in Cary, North Carolina some time in August of 2018, and can put a class together for that time. Detail to come