My my, it's been a busy month! I got the balls rolling in a few directions, and they seemed to have fallen into deep prolific canyons of adventure!
Well, let me tell you what that poetic talk means...
Every summer in Astoria for the past six years, our esteemed Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) group has welcomed and encouraged visual artists to open up their studio doors and gather collectively to show and tell about what we do (and hopefully make a little money and new fans in the process!). This will be my first year joining a bunch of artists at the HiiH Lights Gallery/ Barn in rural Astoria. I will have a table full of my photographs and designed goods to show you a spectrum of my work. As with other artists, I will be there to talk about my creative process and hopefully get to answer some mind-expanding questions from you all that will help me learn even more about myself and my community!
AVA is currently building their page for this year's included artists, and we will know very soon, since deadline is May 15. For now, HERE are the current AVA members.
Secondly, I entered one of my screen-prints into a group show themed 'Text + Image' with the Cannon Beach Arts Association, and I came away with great news as well as an opportunity that has got me super excited. They did accept my piece into the show, which is up through June 12 at their gallery at 1064 S. Hemlock St. HERE is a link with more info about the show. I missed the opening night due to a really rocky, late plane landing in SLC ... let's not talk about it, or I may get queasy again.
Best thing is, I was asked by a gallery docent to join their team of volunteers, and I start next week! I have been pushing myself farther in the direction of art since I left my day job a month ago, and I am so excited to be able to learn the ropes of gallery sales and representation of other artists. I get all starry eyed when I think of all the great stories and histories I will get to learn about each individual and their creative processes. Plus, the gallery shares the building with a popular local coffee shop, and it can't hurt to have espresso when expressing my enthusiasm for art!
At home in Astoria, Reach Break Brewery has extended my coastal photography show another month, and I've been super grateful to have sold a piece just about very week. They have extended their business hours to five days a week now, and the sun is coming out, so it's time to go on over and check out their beer, the food carts, and my art if you haven't yet. All pieces are under $100. Artwalk is Saturday, May 13th from 5 to 8pm.