This week I learned that sometimes it pays to pause before hitting Delete when checking my email.
As you may remember, I recently wrapped up my first solo art show with the Clackamas County Arts Alliance’s 2016 Artist Exhibit Program (a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to see it, by the way). As I want to keep in touch with the CCAA and their events, I’m on their email list that includes weekend art events, volunteer opportunities, and, at this time of year, several notices to apply for the 2017 Artist Exhibit Program.
As I had a great experience with the program I am already planning to apply for it again (more on this in a moment), so when I see “AEP Announcement” emails, I tend to delete them. But this week, my trigger-happy delete finger lingered a moment when my less-trigger-happy eyes noticed the email subject line included “Opportunity” and was from the AEP SuperHero Coordinator, Sue Allen (most AEP emails are from a generic CCAA address).
I opened the email and nearly fell out of my chair (good thing it wasn’t a day when I was standing up to work).
I don’t know what art gods I have pleased, but Sue was asking if I wanted to do another show as a 2016 AEP artist in a second venue! After a few squeals of delight I replied YES (although to maintain my professionalism I held back on the all caps and the string of happy-face emoticons that I wanted to include).
The venue is the Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City Because this is a big gallery space, I’ll be sharing the it with two other artists which will be a great opportunity for extra exposure (I’m not above riding the marketing coattails of my fellow artists).
The best part is that I can simply use all the art I used in my first show which means no new framing. YAY!!!!
The only trouble is that the date/time to hand my art over to Sue is about ten hours before I return from my upcoming vacation. Since I can’t time travel (where is a Harry Potter Time Turner when you need one, right?), I’ll have to rely on the next best thing…my mom. She’ll get a good workout that day lugging my art into the venue, so I guess I better get her a good souvenir to say thanks for her efforts.
The show runs from October through February, and I’ll keep you up to date as the show draws (pun?) near.
Busy, Busy, Busy…
About applying for the 2017 AEP program….well, here’s where I run into trouble.
For the application I need to submit five pieces of art and can’t use any of the work I’ve already shown or submitted in my previous application. As I’ve been playing around a lot lately, this means some serious buckling down is needed to have enough “real” work to submit with my application.
This, along with several home/yard projects underway and oodles of book work to complete before The Vacation, means I’m a little low on time (again, anyone have a spare Time Turner I can borrow?).
As such, I’m going to be reducing my blogging frequency to once a week (rather than twice a week) for the next month. I know, you may need a tissue or two now, but don’t worry, I’ll be back soon with oodles of stuff to share with you including new artwork, the results of my sewing projects, the progress on my book, and more!!
Thanks for sticking with me everyone and have a super fab weekend!!!