I have missed being in the studio for the past several months…well, almost a year. My how time flies. 2012 turned out to be quite a year including many facets which I will not venture to cover. After starting off the first part of the year with website update difficulties, extended family issues, and my attention being needed elsewhere, my creative juices dried up and I found it most difficult to create. However, 2012 ended on a much brighter note with a wonderful addition to our family. Our son married a delightful, beautiful young lady in December and we are so happy to have her as a member of our family. Welcome Mrs. Harris!
Trying to take care of everything, catch up with all the website information, prepare for art exhibits, and attempt to keep up with the social media demands literally zapped my creativity. I discovered that I really don’t like it when I want to paint, but there is just nothing within to draw from. So, I took a step back, came to terms with it and decided to be at peace. I took a sabbatical and chose to peacefully wait until the motivation returned. This week has been a turning point. The past several days I have intentionally been doing what I could to get those creative juices flowing again and today I finally made it back into the studio. It was wonderful to pull out a canvas and begin creating once again. Now I just need to try to rebuild my momentum and continue the creative process. Once I can get that restored, perhaps I will be able to better manage the social media aspect of promoting art. Will take it a day at a time and see how it goes.
“VIEWPOINTS” FALL 2012 ART EXHIBIT is currently happening at Davidson County Community College in Lexington, NC (right off Business 85). Exhibiting artists include: Jeffrey Bliss (acrylic), Ingrid Erickson (mixed media, cut paper), Carl Galie (photography), Charlotte Munning (raku pottery), Dr. Jo Nicastro (oil, acrylic, pencil), Rankin Willard (paper collage) and yours truly, Susan Harris (acrylic mixed media). The Opening Reception will be held on Tuesday, September 18th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Refreshments provided. Public is welcome so please stop by if you get a chance.
I am getting paintings ready for delivery to DCCC. Installation takes place the week of August 6th! Nine of my paintings were selected to go in the Fall Art Show at Davidson County Community College in Lexington, NC. The show will be in the Mendenhall Administration Building on the DCCC campus from August to December. More info to follow when I have an opening reception date and time.
WHO: UPTOWN ARTWORKS
WHAT: NEW ART EXHIBIT!!
WHEN: Sunday, June 10th, 2012 from 2pm til 5pm
WHERE: 1007 Arnold Street, Greensboro, NC
WHY: To view new works of art from our studio artists as well as the work from our local special guest artists. Then there’s the snacks, drinks, music and Sunday afternoon art conversation…
Exhibiting Studio Artists: Carol Meetze-Moates, Judy Meyler, Kathy Phillips, Allie Scott, Steve Robinson, Amanda Austin-Bolton, Heath Carrier, Vicki Johnson, Jay Bruni, Leigh Rodenbough, Kevin Burnette and Jeff Beck
Special Guests Artists: Chuck McLachian, Cheryl Lipstreu, Susan J. Harris and James Canady
I believe there is a purpose and plan for my life and if I listen carefully and move forward with what I hear, one day that purpose and plan will be fulfilled. I have never been one to try and push doors open but when an opportunity to walk through a door is presented and I have peace about it, I will certainly walk through it. May 2012 brought two such doors.
Door #1—I was offered the opportunity to oversee, or I supposed you say, “curate”, the “Gallery of Art” at the Chamber in Greensboro. At first I was a little hesitant because I have never done anything like this before, but then I reminded myself that it was a door of opportunity and I’d never know what was on the other side or where it would lead if I didn’t go through it. After the first few weeks, I am really excited about it. I have met some wonderful artists and set some goals to work toward. It will be exciting to see where it leads.
Door #2—I was asked to be a juror for an online contest by AbstractArtistGallery.org. The first jury process begins on June 2nd. Looking forward to this adventure as well!