Saturday, November 4, 2017
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Maple Valley Creative Arts Center
Getting ready to print show labels, reminding myself to order tasty nibbles, and updating the website while epoxy on frame stock dries downstairs. After many months of working on new pieces - nearly all of which turned out to be what I had originally planned for (of course!), my first solo exhibit in decades is taking shape.
Why decades? That's a bit of a long story. In a nutshell, I traded in my passion for a 9-5 steady income. Yep. Sold my soul. My reasoning? Massive student loans to pay off, newly married and way too codependent, needed health insurance...oh so many excuses that all boiled down to FEAR. That "evil corrosive thread that runs through all things."
But the Universe has a funny way of snapping us between the eyeballs, yelling "WAKE UP!" I had to let go of the codependent, emotionally abusive relationships. I had to let go of employment as I knew it. I had to let go of being comfortable yet burned out. I had to let go of fear. And because I couldn't let go fast enough, the Universe gave me a gentle push.
In the past two years I have been given the gifts of space, resources, and time to make art. When money started to be in short supply, I was given the gift of teaching art to and amazing bunch of kids who want to learn art and an employer who is kind, thoughtful, and creative. I have so much gratitude for everyone and everything in the path that has led me to this moment in time.
And I'm very curious to see where this goes next.