What’s been happening in 2016?

What’s been happening in 2016?

It’s been a while. Here’s what I’ve been up to… Like many artists, I’m a team of one – with too many tasks & not enough time. This year has been filled with cool experiences, good changes (some painful), plus gleaning, organizing, purging, and tweaking nearly every area of my life — which, honestly, makes this Virgo very happy:) ___________________________________________________________ . 2016: What a Year! Most significant is my two week glass blowing experience with master glass artist Brian Corr in August at Penland School of Crafts. My very first time @ Penland & glassblowing…and what a first time it was!! I am not set up for glassblowing in my own studio, but so many possibilities have opened up. (Recently visited STARworks for hot glass, cold beer night. In 2017, I’ll be heading back to play.) ___________________________________________________________ . This fall, I’ve been working on a private glass commission for a local business celebrating 20 years!! And, I have a smaller exterior public art commission (in Charlotte) starting in January 2017! (More about these later.) ___________________________________________________________ . Where can you find my handmade art glass? Anytime, my art glass is now at Coffey & Thompson Gallery, in Charlotte, NC. (Has a new owner, business direction, & new location at 1200 S Graham St.) We’ll be part of South End Small Business Saturday on November 26 from 10am to 2pm. Come out to get a gift for yourself or someone else… or some inspiration, maybe see what’s happening in South End area closest to the Panthers’ stadium. The following week will be the C&TG opening reception for our small works for the holidays show. That reception is Friday, December 2, from 6 to 9 PM. ___________________________________________________________ . January 2017: Earth, Wind & Fire, a group show with me, Chris Craft, Debbie Rasberry, and Regina Burchett at Clearwater Artist Studios, in Concord, NC. ___________________________________________________________ . February 25, 2017: Invited artist to McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s big annual fundraising event, Studio Party 17. ___________________________________________________________ . Also coming in 2017: 1) NEW website is in the works!! (Basically, this WordPress site is not easy to maintain and still looks funky after working on layout:( I lost “Constant Contact” mailing list button awhile back with no notice… & it’s not an easy fix!! Also, way too many problems uploading my images to this site. Therefore, new website is coming soon:) ___________________________________________________________ . 2) Finally, most of you know I love the business end of things too! I’m currently venturing into a big project that will solve some basic problems for artists. In a nutshell, it’s an artist’s digital assistant. Want to be on THAT mailing list to find out more? Email me & I’ll add you:) Share...

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First Corporate Glass Commission – 2015

First Corporate Glass Commission – 2015

  Thanks to Sozo Gallery, I have recently installed my first corporate glass commission at PricewaterhouseCoopers‘ Hearst Tower location. Commissions are a longer process, both exciting and challenging. They had a section of custom made cabinets – their entire office was beautifully renovated not that long ago – that were screaming for something custom. (The PwC collection of local artists is stunning. Really, a who’s who of the art world… and I am thrilled to be a part.) Other than learning the technical science behind warm glass, is the huge problem of trying to capture my work on film! I knew for this job I needed to hire out. Mitchell Kearney was on the very short list. (I can get decent enough images of my glass in process – before it is slumped or draped in final form.) Check out some in-process pics HERE on my facebook page… that I update a LOT more often than my website!!     ALL PricewaterhouseCoopers’ images by Mitchell Kearney Photography.   Share...

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First glass commission – 2014

First glass commission – 2014

    Where does the time go?? Through other connections (Packard Place), I first met Jason Fararooei. He’s an amazing entrepreneur AND a big supporter of the local arts in Charlotte, NC. I think originally I met him at a presentation about utilizing social media. He made quite an impression on me. (Yes, I am actually an artist that loves business!) Fast forward a little bit… and we met again when he was a CSA (Community Supported Art) shareholder and I was one of nine local artists. We continue to hit it off. In early 2014, his life partner secretly commissioned me to create a new glass work to commemorate Jason’s Yellow Cape Communications fifth anniversary! (They had BOTH invested in my Hatchfund Dream kiln campaign! Little did they know the dream kiln would be necessary to complete this commission.)   Enjoy this personal video that Kim made documenting the process. (Side note: the relationships I have with art supporters are what get me up some days. Being a full-time artist is not easy, but nine years later, I would not trade it for anything else!)   Share...

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