Dorchester Open Studios Oct. 20-21

Golden Goddess

I  will be exhibiting my artwork (including this one), handcrafted cards and beaded jewelry at First Parish Church, 10 Parish St., Dorchester, Mass.,  during Dorchester Open Studios, which features more than 140 visual artists at 20 locations throughout Dorchester, Mass.

The event is Sat., Oct. 20, and Sun., Oct 21, noon to 5 p.m. Please come by if you are in the area.

Preparing for Open Studios

It’s that time of year again. That time when I stop procrastinating (I mean it) and get ready for the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios weekend that takes place in October.

I’ve started by gearing up my jewelry making efforts. This weekend I made 10 necklaces (above is one of the new ones). I love being forced to focus on a deadline, well, not really, but looks like I need an ax over my head to get going.The Muse is stubborn sometimes.  🙂 I’m aiming to have at least 20 new designs to show by October, which is very doable. After I get to 20 I’ll switch to making my handcrafted greeting cards.

It’s really great to immerse myself. Once I get going, each project inspires the next. I’ll start going through my bead stash while working on one necklace and get ideas for three more before I can even get that one done. I love those bursts of creativity. If I could just win the lottery, I could do this every day.

Great Open Studios Weekend!

My Open Studios event was this weekend, and it was fantastic! Lots of people, lots of great feedback, lots of sales. So grateful. I’m most grateful to my friends—these amazing people who support my creative endeavors year after year and inspire me. They even hosted a little reception dinner for me on Saturday night with apple pie AND a gift of art supplies! Love, love, love you my wonderful friends (including all those who took time out of very busy schedules to stop by)! And, thank you husband and child for indulging my artsy insanity, especially during busy times like this weekend. The love goes without saying. OK….I’m saying it: LOVE YOU!  Now, I’m absolutely exhausted, but it’s a good feeling.

Lovey

This one will be at my Open Studios event with the Dorchester Arts Collaborative on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at First Parrish Church, 10 Parish Street, in Dorchester, Mass. Prints available here.

Great Open Studios weekend!

I had an amazing weekend at the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday! So many of my friends and colleagues came to support me and to buy art. I am SO very appreciative and honored by their validation of my work, their kind words, and their encouragement. I am especially appreciative of my friend Susan, who is my biggest art patron and cheerleader. And she invited me and my family over for dinner on Saturday to join her family and our other friends. (Her mother makes the most amazing meatballs!) It was a truly special day and evening.

Charged by cards

I’m enjoying my rapid pace card making this week as I get closer to the DAC Open Studios. This happens each year. I think I have all of this time to get ready and then suddenly, here it is! So I create in every spare moment each night, grabbing snippets of time between helping my son with homework, making dinner, doing dishes (well, finally my son is old enough to be bribed into doing the dishes for an allowance. YAY!) and talking myself in and out of going to the Y to work out.

This is the time when I can sit in my studio and get so lost (for a few minutes at a time) in cutting paper, splashing paint and designing. I really feel my heart rate increase when I create cards that I like. The process almost (almost) makes me forget that Craftland in Providence recently rejected my cards for their holiday season. Bah Humbug!

Oh well, here are two new ones they would have said no to. 🙂

DAC Open Studios

I’m working on more cards now, preparing for the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, from noon to 5 p.m., at various locations throughout Dorchester, Mass. I will be at First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street (Meetinghouse Hill). If you are in the area, please stop by. In addition to the cards, I will be showing my beaded jewelry and artwork.

This top card fits the theme of “water” for the month of October for Creative Every Day. The ones below are part of my holiday series.

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