Monday, December 31, 2012

Gratitude: a top 10

Instead of the normal top 10 moments of 2012, I thought I'd post Top 10 Thanks to ...

The Grand Tour: Submerged (sold)
... art buyers near and far for buying my art, sure, but also for buying any art.

... the warm and welcoming members of the 5th Street Gallery for not only inviting me to show at the gallery, but, also asking me to join the cooperative.

... the gallery and shop owners who took a risk and began carrying my greeting cards, or continued to: Sharon Butler (The BonBonerie), Emily Buddendeck (NVISION), Carolyn and Mike Deininger (MiCA 12/v), Lynn Kahle (The Framery) and Wendy Smith (Redtree).

... the Brazee Street Studios artists and staff who make going to my studio so much fun. I love my new space on the first floor.

... the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, for honoring me by offering limited-edition prints of collages from my Grand Tour series as a membership gift. And to its gallery director Bill Seitz for asking me to show in annual The Art of Food exhibition, and, for challenging me to think bigger as I head into 2013.

... the writers covering/reviewing the visual arts for Aeqai, Cincy, Cincinnati Magazine, CityBeat, The Enquirer and Express.

... Celene Hawkins for including my work in the Flora & Fauna exhibition at Bromwell's Gallery, a show that pushed me to create more shadowbox collages (sample, above). And the women of The Studio Collection for inviting me to be a guest artist at their 18th annual sale. Wow. It was huge.

... local framers who are artist-friendly: I take my work to Lynn Kahle of The Framery and Tim Leslie (above, working on the Victor Victorian series) but there are plenty of others around. These two have been super generous with advice, tips, etc. You know your framer's a gem when he or she talks you out of spending more money!

... my husband, Mark, for the gift of an archival inkjet printer (first prints from it, above), the countless hours spent reconditioning my letterpress and his undying support of my third act.

... all the people who generously recycled their old paper - from S&H stamps and antique books to vintage greeting cards and paper dolls - via Paper With a Past. I promise to use it wisely, well, and maybe not so wisely. LOL.

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