The ARTsee Open Studio Tour is coming up next weekend and that marks my 1 year anniversary of an exhibiting (and selling!!) collage artist. The tour last year was my first real show for the collages. It succeeded beyond my expectations and led to a whirlwind year of amazing accomplishments. To name a few:
- More Than Art - my solo show to raise money for More Than Me in Liberia, Africa. We were able to donate over $1000 - enough to send a girl to school for a year!
- I was juried into some select shows, including my first outside of NJ (Recycle 2017 in Red Hook, Brooklyn), and one curated by the chief curator of the Montclair Art Museum, Dr. Gail Stavitsky).
- I spoke on a panel for Studio Montclair about the healing benefits of art making at the Healing Through Art show in Montclair, NJ.
- My first piece of protest art was featured in a Huffington Post article.
- I gave my first interview as an artist to blogger Janine Domingues-Vasquez. (updated link to follow once post is live.
- The Morris Museum invited me to submit to a book arts exhibit. I didn't get in, but still! I take the invitation itself as an accomplishment.
- I sold some large pieces to new customers and several new people are supporting my work by bringing me their magazines and old books as materials.
It's truly been a banner year. While it was happening, it didn't seem as densely exciting. It felt like progress was slow. Only by thinking back do I realize how successful the year has been. I'm incredibly grateful for everything that's happened, and most of all for my family's support. They help with shows, babysit, give me time and space to work, help me brainstorm, create opportunities... I couldn't do half of this without my husband in particular.