Ask me what I will be doing this year? Creating day and night.....I now have nine exhibitions on my calendar for 2009!! I received the last one yesterday in the mail....
Dear Debbie, blah, blah, blah,....The OHC Art Exhibit committee has met and scheduled you to exhibit your work during the month of July. blah, blah, blah......
Excited? Yes, as I had written this one off since I had not heard from them and they receive a huge number of applications to consider for 8 months, but I made it. This will be my second time to exhibit at the Okefenokee Heritage Center in Waycross GA as "Artist of the Month". I will be sharing the gallery walls with the awesome watercolorist, Kathy Rennell Forbes from just outside of Atlanta. Kathy sent me a very nice email last night to say Hi and that she was looking forward to sharing the exhibit with me, as well as us meeting.
You will find my 2009 exhibitions listed on my website here.
Some of you don't miss a thing and I am still laughing. A few days ago on Facebook I said something along the lines of I finally opened the box of beads and supplies I had ordered before the holidays. Within minutes I received emails wanting to know if I too was going to start doing jewelry, I didn't know you did jewelry, etc.
So to put minds at ease....yes I did order myself some beads and new supplies and yes I just now have had time to open the box. It came while I was out of town for the holidays. What do I have planned.....to do a few pieces for myself at the moment. The old saying, been there, done that, have t-shirt is true for me and the jewelry. Many, many years ago I did make bracelets and necklaces. Did I enjoy it? yes, enough that at some point I would like to get back into it, but not full time and not right now. I am a firm believer in there is a time and place for everything and as I said on my blog several months ago this is not my time....I have way too many things going on right now to spend the many hours that it takes to create unique one-of-a-kind jewelry. I will leave that to the many well respected jewelry artists that I have grown to know and respect.
For those that are not sure if marketing pays off especially in this economy. I can say, yes it does. I recently sold two pieces I had in the MMCA Marketplace shop thanks to all the marketing we have been doing there. There is Power In Numbers!
The above photo was taken in Parrott, GA just outside of Columbus.....a very small town with a couple great little antique shops, a Bar-B-Q place and a little grocery store / gas station all in a 2 block area. Yep, that's about it except for the friendly folks that live there. Everyone waves and speaks. The kind of place you enjoy stopping.
Back to my to-do list!