"Sassy," 6" x 8", Golden Open acrylics on panel, commissioned pet portrait, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (seriously, it is NOT too early to begin thinking of holiday gift-giving - portraits start at $29 and my calendar is already filling) may always come to me.
Tonight the 50th Annual Thumb Area Artists Exhibition opened. This is a show, a great tradition, that the Romeo Guild of Art puts on every year for artists working in Southeastern Michigan. RGA members coordinate the exhibition space, put out a call for entries, hire a juror, recruit sponsorship (we awarded over $1000 in prizes tonight!), handle all the press and facilitate a grand opening party. There's lots of other tasks that go on behind the scenes - it is a tremendous amount of work, putting such an event together. This was my 3rd year being an intrinsic part of the show committee, and while it is hard work, it is also incredibly rewarding.
Of course, being out of the studio for almost 4 days this week means I have lots of catching up to do with other chores. But I made sure to soak up enough enthusiasm and inspiration to carry me through. To stand in the gallery tonite, surrounded by uber talent and over 100 smiling faces, to be a part of that energy, well that was all the payback necessary. I feel invincible!!
And if you are in need of some inspiration yourself, I invite you to stop by Margot's Gallery in Oxford during the month of August. She's got that market cornered.
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork and musings with your friends and family.
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