It occurred to me the other day that it is November and it has been a month since I’ve posted an update on all that has been going on. So, to rectify that, I figured I’d at least least post a little on what has been going on, work-wise, and some things that are coming up in the future.
This past month I had a show at The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, in Camden, South Carolina, along side the very talented Lori Isom. The show was wonderful and I can’t say enough about the wonderful facility that Camden and the surrounding area has at their doorstep. Along with the Bassett Gallery where the show hung, there is a theater and an entire campus that provides all kinds of classes, events, and resources involving the arts. Coming from a city that is over 25 times the size of Camden’s population, to see a facility of this level available to a city of Camden’s size is impressive. Other cities could only wish to have such a wonderful center for the art community to showcase their talents and share them with the local community. I’m sorry if you were unable to make it to see the show, but if you’re ever in the Camden area, go check out what the Fine Arts Center has going on, you won’t be disappointed.
In the meantime, and now that the show has come down, I’ve been working on multiple things. I am maintaining the constant flow of work out to be juried for shows and competitions, the subsequent rejections, and the welcome, yet less frequent, acceptance emails. New to me, in all of this, is putting together proposals for solo exhibitions. It is a whole new ball game that requires me to reach even deeper into myself to figure out how to make this work. Like anything else, it at times seems like a struggle that I will never be able to overcome, but then I quickly remind myself that it is just another process that has to be mastered. I’m not going to be great at it in the beginning, and even once I get a grasp on things and it becomes second nature, I will have to remember that rejection is just part of the game! If I’ve gained nothing else from this process over the past two years, it’s that I’m far less scared to put myself out there and can take rejection as an impetus to do more work.
As November has begun, so has loosely planning the next year. Although there are many things that I can’t predict, I learned from the year before that there are at least ways to get prepared for some of the surprises that came last year. There are portfolio reviews that I have been having to try and get ready for, and the travel involved with such. If all works out, it’s looking like Canada and England will be seen early in the year. I obviously don’t get to choose the time of year, because both of them I would prefer to visit at a more pleasant time of year! Either way, I’m looking forward to the possibility and any other that may show it’s face as the next year unfolds.
As it’s only two weeks away, I hope that everyone here in the States has a wonderful Thanksgiving. If I don’t get another post in over the next few weeks, you’ll hear from me in December to wrap up what has been a very busy, surprisingly wonderful, and enlightening year.