Holy smokes! What a whirlwind!
I just finished one of the most amazing months of my art career!
It’s a month I’ll never forget because it’s the month when I began my Individual Art classes. And in April, I had EIGHT of them. I am so grateful to Pat, Carol, Catherine, Michelle, Erica, and Chris for being my guinea pigs! So far, so great – I LOVE teaching these one-on-one (or sometimes two) workshops. Not only does the class taker get all of the supplies to him or herself, but I also get the wonderful experience of getting to know these wonderful folks a little better. Plus – full disclosure here – I probably learn more than they do. I mean, if you’ve been reading my posts, you’ve seen their work. WOWZERS! 🙂
I also had two separate shows and receptions in April, and they were back-to-back! It was a whirlwind weekend! The first was for my show with my friend Amy Jarvis called “Dog +Wood”, which was held at Glas Coffeehouse in Sheboygan. We had an amazing turnout and so much fun with friends! Sadly, neither Amy nor I took any photos of the evening, but my fabulous husby Brian came through in the pinch! 😀 Thanks, Brian! ❤
I also had a reception for my solo exhibit at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake the very next evening! It was such a lovely night. I was busy talking to friends and new friends the entire two hours! Maria Diedrich was a perfect host. Thank you, Maria! Unfortunately, I also don’t have any photos from that reception, because I was too busy talking! 🙂 So I’ll just show you some from the set-up of this particular show, which is currently running and up through May 27! If you’re in the Green Lake area, be sure to check it out! 🙂
We had some crazy-good weather in the middle of the month, and it landed perfectly on our Tour the Town night! I was stationed at Book World this past month, and it was just a beautiful, fun, lucrative evening! (Those are fun nights, aren’t they, artists?) 😀 Some of my friends from The Reporter came to visit, which was so lovely. I hadn’t seen them in too long! (For those of you who don’t know my history, I used to be the Finance Clerk at our local newspaper, The Reporter. I loved that job but left it to concentrate on my art.)
I also gave a talk at UW-Oshkosh this month! My friend Karina Cutler-Lake, who’s a professor there, wanted me to talk about how I incorpoarte maps into my artwork for a class she’s teaching called “Experience Mapping” (where was this class when I was in college?). I loved it! I created a Keynote presentation specifically for the class, and the students seemed to enjoy it. What a lovely way to spend a Thursday morning! Thanks for asking me, Karina! 🙂
And last, but CERTAINLY not least – I was so totally fortunate to take the Globe Printing Workshop at Hamilton Woodtype and Printing Museum!! Oh my heavens – I got to spend the entire day playing with their collection of type and vintage cuts from the now-defunct Globe Printing Co. in Chicago!! Every time I go there it feels like home. So not only did I get to make this super cool Record Store Day poster (which happened to be the same day), but I also got to see the most incredible collection of lithographed Russian propaganda posters probably ever assembled. (They are a museum too, after all!) What an amazing day!!
It’s events and experiences like this that make my career so unbelievably rewarding. I will always remember this month as nothing but pure magic. To be continued! 😀