Hey there! I’ll get right to it. I have a lot of irons in the fire, but I think it’s helped my sanity during this pandemic. What kind of things are you doing to keep busy? I know for some, not much has changed, but for others, it will never be the same.
After having several shows canceled I was relived of meeting deadlines and started following through with new ideas. That has turned into many opportunities, and allowed me to somewhat enjoy myself. Not only have I been able to start some new and exciting projects, I’ve also been able to connect with people that I otherwise wouldn’t.
As you may know, one of my projects was the Community Art Project. I was able to reach out and teach close to 100 people, maybe more, my process of transferring ink onto beeswax. I also have a reminder of their participation in the returned little painting. Next week I plan to hang it in a local space where others can enjoy, and interact with the project. With the help of VideoBomb, I was able to attach videos to each tile which will either show the artist telling about themselves or of me telling who the artist is and where they’re from. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about this after it’s in the gallery.
Another thing I’ve been working on is a project with Four Artist TN. This is a small group of aorist that have been exhibiting together over several years. We meet about every month and discus our new works, thoughts about exhibits, etc… During the pandemic we have been meeting via Zoom and coming up with subjects for paintings. Once we choose the subject, we all create a work in reference to that subject. The latest was a still life, which included a Pineapple, a book, a cup of coffee, and a cloth or piece of fabric. That’s the image attached to this blog post. Our goal is to eventually exhibit all these works and talk more about our process and why we chose these subjects. I’ll keep you posted.
I was recently interviewed by Tennessee Crossroads. That was an amazing experience. Not sure how I did, because I was a little nervous, but they always do a great job in producing these stories, and I’m sure they’ll make me look great:) As soon as I learn of the air date I’ll pass it along, I promise! If you’re not familiar with Crossroads, I highly recommend you check them out. You can find episodes here: https://www.tennesseecrossroads.org
I’ll be in a pop-up exhibit this weekend. We’ve kept it kinda quiet because we want to control how many people come to our show. We’ve made sure to follow all Covid-19 guidelines and will have patrons come at an assigned schedule, so we only have a few people at the show at a time. It’l be this Saturday and Sunday in Theta, TN. That’s August the 1st and 2nd. This is a little less than an hour drive outside of Nashville. We wanted it to be more of a get away exhibition, where you got a chance to take in some fresh country air and enjoy the scenery of the farmland. If you’re interested in coming to the exhibit shoot me an email and I’ll get you more info.
Soon I’ll be sharing more about the Mystery Art League too. We have been planning the storyline for the first one, working on the artwork, and have reserved the venue. We still need have a lot of work to do, but I hope to share more in the coming weeks.
One last thing is my feature in American Bee Journal, which will be coming out soon. It should be in the August issue, but will confirm that as soon as I know for sure. I’ve gotten to read the article and am excited that the oldest publication on bees in the US is running my story.
That turned into a long post, but I think it is time to share some of my happenings in a little more depth. Funny thing is, I have more things I could mention, but I’ll save that for another day:)
Stay Safe, and thanks for following along! RLP