It all became an exciting blur last Friday night, the night of my Artist Reception at Eye Candy Gallery. For many months, I had been preparing for that night. When I was asked, almost a year ago, if I would be willing to be featured artist, I jumped on the chance knowing I would have to create new artwork. Fortunately, I had entered other shows and creative challenges this past year, so I was building up a collection while meeting other deadlines.
The last two months took most of my energies for this event. I needed to make a few new things especially for this show and I needed to work on promoting it. I delivered my quilts a week early, but I didn’t have time to relax because I had to focus on cleaning my house. For most artists its difficult to manage a clean house/studio in the midst of a creating frenzy. I tend to feel my studio explodes during these times. With house guests arriving, I had a lot of tidying up to do.
It was great to have my Aunt and sister visit and share in this event. I have been featured in other shows and have participated along with other artist in exhibit receptions, but I have to admit this is the one that had the most meaning. I know where I’m going and I have the body of work to prove it. That’s what this show signified for me.
On Friday night, the gallery was hopping with familiar faces and not so familiar faces. It was a party and everyone who attended was there to see my work. For this reason, the significance of the attendance did not escape me.
I love that people were curious about how I manipulated the textiles to get the effects that I did. This was especially evident from the quilters who attended. They could see that I wasn’t making a traditional quilt.
It was also special to have in attendance friends who got me started on this journey. The one’s who knew me when I resisted the idea of cutting up pieces of fabrics to put them back together in the form of a quilt. And, those who believed I was an artist long before I could believe it myself.
It was a special day and a special week. My exhibit of art quilts will remain on display at Eye Candy Gallery until May 24. If you have the time and are in the area, come and see the show, its a dynamo.