PictureHere I am at the Essex with Big Light.
I got some GREAT news this week. My painting called Big Light was accepted into the 2015 McCullough Hyde Healing Art Exhibition. I could not be more pleased. I submitted an application for the show fairly recently, and knew that I would hear something last week. Well, the mail came, no notice. Another day, no notice. Then on Monday, we were checking the mailbox, and Gary was with me when I opened the card saying that my work had been accepted! Yay!!! You probably heard us.
Anyway, it's the first time that I've had a painting accepted into a juried show, so that's a big deal. But also, this one is special. This exhibit hangs at the McCullough Hyde Hospital in Oxford, OH. The hospital values art for it's ability to help people heal. Here is my description for the painting:
All of us make choices everyday that impact the world around us, sometimes with ripple effects. The dyptich format represents two becoming one; in community, in healing, in relationships. The movement of color, light and pattern between the canvases are words of grace, kindness, mercy and love amplified and unfurled. 

 
 
On March 7 & 8, my work was featured on a wall, on the second floor, at Essex Studios. I rented a wall space during their Art Walk in March. To prepare, I painted furiously up until the last day, and then put 5 new (a little wet) paintings into frames. Gary and I loaded 23 paintings into the hatchback of my car and they all fit! Being grateful to not have to make two trips, I knew we were off to a good start and that it would be a great weekend.
I consider this my first real "show", because it is the first time that I've been bold and put my work out there for all to see. Over forty people that I know and love came to support me in the endeavor. I loved hearing comments from them and listening to what people saw in the work. The most rewarding part of the show was the validation that it provided to me. I loved seeing the culmination of two years' work, hanging on the wall -- all of it framed, all of it presented in it's best light. It helped me to mark the moment and to be grateful.

Learnings:
  • It took me less than 3 hours to hang 24 paintings.
  • Strangers will drink your wine, without saying a word to you or looking at your paintings. (Yes, this really happened, several times.) Some people are there for the buzz, I guess. Who knew?!
  • I have talent and it's a gift to be able to share that with people.
  • I will spend too much on the food because I think it has to be special.
  • I am blessed to have friends and family who encourage me and support me in my painting, especially my very wonderful husband Gary.