Although the looming inauguration of the Orange One has me wondering how great this new year will be, Happy (belated) 2017, everyone! With all the political BS and celebrity deaths, the world was bemoaning 2016 as the worst year ever, but for me the year ended on a high note with an acceptance to show my art at another gallery. Woohoo!


This is a bit of a strange venue for me as I’m not religious in the least, but the West Linn Lutheran Church put out a call for submissions for their Creative Spirits Gallery last October. I’d actually forgotten I’d applied, so when I saw the email on New Year’s Eve my cynical brain first thought, “Spam.”

Luckily, my junk-folder trigger finger paused a moment and instead of sending the email into spam oblivion, I opened it to a nice surprise…

“Thank you for submitting your art for consideration in the Creative Spirits 2017 galleries. Our team reviewed all the submissions and we would love to invite you to show with us for the months of July and August 2017.” 

Woohoo indeed!

Finn was more than willing to celebrate my good news.
Finn was more than willing to celebrate my good news.

The timing of this is perfect as my show at Clackamas Community College’s Commons Gallery ends in mid-June, meaning I can use the work from that show for my churchy church show…which means no scrambling to complete a pile of new work before July*! Can I get a Hallelujah!!!??

(*Unless, of course all my work at the college show sells out – sorry, my side just burst from laughing so hard at that joke.)

Speaking of new work….

You may have noticed I took a little time off from blogging during the week-of-limbo between Christmas and New Year’s, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t busy. I’m still cranking out work for the college show (that starts in March).

My goal is to have twenty pieces and right now I have seventeen in the Definitely Will Show pile. This is a HUGE relief, but I’m not slowing down since my work is small and the walls in the gallery are very big…plus, I’m an overachiever.

Next time I’ll be back to show you some of the work I completed during the holidays. The paintings had a much-needed tropical theme in an attempt to offset this bitter cold weather we’ve been having here in Portland.

Did your year end on a good note or are you glad to see the backside of 2016? Let me know in a comment!

And now, to fit the title of this post, a bit of Hozier time:


14 thoughts on “Take Me to Church!

  1. Hahahaha! Chemist Cat’s new year’s greeting actually had me in stitches! Congratulations on booking your latest show – it looks like your work is going to have a better social life than me in 2017. As for the year that was, if you’d asked me 2 weeks ago, I would have declared it truly awful… But now that I’ve finished up all my projects, had a bit of a snooze and eaten a few meals that weren’t peanut butter sandwiches or instant soup, it’s taken on a much rosier hue. Mind you, since I’m not a male performing artist aged 50 or more, I did have an unfair advantage in the “getting the most out of 2016” stakes…

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    1. I do love the chemist cat! It certainly was a dangerous year for that demographic…I can imagine anyone in it was sweating through their last few minutes of 2016. Hope your 2017 stays on the positive side. And did you say peanut butter!? I didn’t think it existed in Europe. My 2017 is already off to an educational start. 🤓🤓

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      1. Awww, it’s not all bad! I’m envious that you can potentially travel a huge distance, experience another climate, but still understand the language and use the same currency… Oh, and not have to worry about bringing your passport! To a European, that’s just mind-boggling!

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  2. It was a funny year… on a personal note it was good – I visited places I wanted to go, met up with people I wanted to meet and was especially creative. In the media and politics, it was dire. Perhaps all the bad in the world made me more determined to have a positive time on a personal level. Anyway, I’m loving getting the peeks at your work via Twitter and I’m sure your exhibitions are going to be sensational.

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  3. Congrats. Yes, 2016 was an uneventful year for many of my friends, who lost multiple family members. Especially hurtful was the fact that some were lost just before Christmas. My prayer is that 2017 will be the year we achieve those goals that escaped us last year. Blessings.

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    1. Ugh, so sorry to hear that. Christmas does seem to be a bad time…when my grandfather died it too was just a day before Christmas and the holiday was a somber one. Better luck to you and yours in 2017.


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