Friday, October 31, 2008

November News

Well it's only a few hours away from November 1. The "Trick or Treaters" have gone home and as usual there is candy left, always my down fall!

I have 2 shows in November. One is this weekend on Nov. 2. It is at The Pinehills in Plymouth, MA. It is a small show but I'm hoping that it will be one of those shows that you say, "Wow" at the end of the day! If you are in the area come visit me at One Village Green from 10am - 4pm. I'm finishing up pieces so that I will have plenty of choices.

November 22 & 23 I will be at Duxbury High School, Duxbury. MA. I will be participating in the "36th Annual Craft Show and Sale" sponsored by the Duxbury Art Association. I've heard good things about this show and am looking forward to being a part of it.

One of the more exciting things happening this month is that I am included in an article in "South Shore Living" Magazine. The article is about 5 artisans who make handmade fashions and accessories. I am thrilled to be included in the article. If you live in the Boston area, look for a copy at your local Newsstand. I found copies of it in Borders Book Store.

See you around the show circuit!

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies! If the Red Sox couldn't win I can't think of a team I'd rather see win! Since I was born in Philadelphia I still have some loyalty there. Yea Phillies!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Art in Our Lives

My son had surgery on Tuesday. At 28 he had his tonsils taken out! When he was a child as long as tonsils did not become infected doctors would not take them out. My son has always had sleep breathing problems. At 4 they took out his adenoids but not the tonsils even though every doctor who looked down his throat gasped in disbelief at how large they were! Well, his breathing problems have become worse and the decision to take out the tonsils was finally made.

So we sat in the waiting area at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston hoping that he would be able to go home at the end of the day. At some point I decided to walk around this huge building and discovered some very interesting art work in the public areas of the lobby and some hallways. I was struck with how the art work relieved the tension of all the worries and anxieties that are present in a hospital. It was very comforting to explore the world of these artists. The work was more than just pretty, it was thought provoking in a beautiful and innovative way. I only wish there had been more of it throughout the dim walls to the recovery room and maybe even in the recovery area.

Art hits us when we don't expect it. It is all around us in nature but we need to remember to surround our unnatural settings with as much of it as possible. It does sooth the soul and I'm sure it helps heal the body in ways yet unimaginable.

My son is recovering (lots of ice cream and Popsicles!). He'll be fine but I know he never saw the art work as it was in places he did not go. He's at home where he has his grandmother's art work on the wall. I hope it provides some comfort.

Get well Chris!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Looking for Shows

Today was a beautiful Fall day. It started out cold but the sun came out and it warmed up enough to feel the crispness in the air and wear a light weight jacket. Jeff and I are checking out shows in the area to see which ones might be a possibility for me to try. We visited a show in Woodstock, CT (who knew there was one there too!) which was on the grounds of Roseland Cottage, one of the Historic New England preservation homes. The drive there was beautiful as the trees were peaking along the route. The ones which produce a tangerine color have been so saturated and intense with color this year that I always have to comment on their beauty . They have been my favorite this year.

The show was fun and I saw other artists that I have become acquainted with over the years. It looked like a good solid show. This one is a possibility!

Here's a picture of my booth from Wheaton Arts this year. It was the second day so my scarf supply was becoming low. (That means a have to weave like crazy again!) The show was successful but sales were down from last year. It looked like attendance was also. Of course the show was the week of the 2008 stock market decline and wall street mess! I'm thankful that I did as well as I did. I wasn't sure what to expect.

The shows this year are reflecting people's insecurities and uncertainties as to their financial future. I am seeing and hearing this from my artist friends. Hopefully the election will help calm things down. Another artist friend told me that her sales were down the last Presidential election year. Fears of the unknown affect us in all sorts of ways. Just remember, we artists are trying to make a living too!

It was nice to be back in NJ. I saw some of my cousins and visited with friends. Thank goodness for friends who helped when after driving 380 miles I had car trouble. They knew exactly the right place to have it fixed so I could drive safely back to MA. Thanks Bette and Jack for all your help and hospitality.
Of course I was also able to visit with my Mom. We had a good time together. I was able to help her with her storage needs and closet rearranging . It was hard to leave her. She's now wheel chair bound and needs the Aids to help her move from one place to another.

My next show is coming up Nov. 2 at the Stonebridge Club in the Pinehills in Plymouth, MA . If you live in the area, I hope to see you there. Until then, enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and GO RED SOX!