A big part of creating art is figuring out how to get your art into public spaces to be seen.
Over time I've become more selective about the shows I enter for a couple of reasons. First, and this is a well known secret, you have to pay to submit work so there is a financial component. Secondly, my art means something to me--I see my art as beautiful and thought provoking--so I want to be in shows that also have meaning beyond being an opportunity to receive awards or bragging rights.
To that end, I'm excited to announce that my painting "Menopause" (above) was selected for the Doña Ana Arts Council's juried group show in Las Cruces titled “Unfinished Business: Women’s Power of Persistence”.
They state that the theme:
Centers around a recurring and recognizable trajectory in women’s history: one of great strides and recurrent setbacks, making women’s work for equity “unfinished.” The theme of this exhibit further acknowledges the goals, disappointments, and successes of our many predecessors, while also recognizing that in the contemporary world we still have much work to do. For example, achieving full citizenship, personal control over our bodies, health, and economics, as well as acknowledgment for the many social, scientific, and cultural contributions, have been ongoing pursuits.
Recognizing that the issues faced by women and girls are experienced differently depending on race, age, sexuality, gender identity, and culture, this exhibit will not only celebrate these differences, but will also present a forum for exploration and discussion of these differences and challenges.
It will be up all of March 2023 and promises to be interesting, go see it if you can!
I'm equally excited to announce that my painting "The Fool Head" (above) was selected for the juried group show titled “Wonderment” at the Los Alamos Art Council’s Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos, NM.
Their prospectus described the show as follows:
There are a few things in life so beautiful they hurt: swimming in the ocean while it rains, reading alone in empty libraries, the sea of stars that appear when you’re miles away from the neon lights of the city, bars after 2am, walking in the wilderness, all the phases of the moon, the things we do not know about the universe, and you.” - Beau Taplin
Show us what makes you catch your breath - what evokes appreciation, love, and awe.
Maybe for you, that’s home. Or maybe it's a view, a person, or an animal.
As "The Fool Head" is a love letter to my heart and body I thought it would be a good match and was pleased to find out that the show curator agreed! The show will be up Feb 10th - March 20th, 2023. If you are in the area go see it!