Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gearing Up for Finders Keepers

I find myself in a position of juggling several artistic adventures at once.  The Holiday Pop-Up Show is December 10-11, the group show RED goes up in the Noah Webster Library on January 3, and on Thursday, December 1st FINDERS KEEPERS begins.


If you don't know, FINDERS KEEPERS is an artistic rock hunt that we've been doing in West Hartford for three years now.  It was hugely successful the first year, so we've kept it up.  It really is very fun.  We post clues daily as to what rocks are hidden and where they are hidden and people got out and find them.  And it's totally free. 

These are some of the promos I've done to show off the rocks and get people involved.


Seventeen artists participated this year, which really blows me away.  Everyone has been so generous with their time, skills, and paints.  And it's a special thing to do at this time of year, when we all want to come together and give.

So, as always, I'm pretty busy trying to keep all the plates spinning, but I am looking forward to the fun of Finders Keepers this year.

If you're local, sign up for the 2016 Finders Keepers Event on Facebook for clues.  If you're not ... sorry.  (I think you can still peek on the page though.)

Hope everyone had digested their turkey and is now settling into the holiday season.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Best,
Julie

Monday, November 14, 2016

Open Studio Weekend 2016


Forgive me for a quick post, but already my to-do list is piling up.  Open Studio Weekend went pretty well.  My good friend Angela Shenk, who I normally sit next to, was sick, so I was all by my lonesome this time.  But - lucky for me - many of my wonderful friends came to see me, support the arts, and commiserate over what is, to me and many of my people, a very disturbing and disappointing presidential election.


And now I must prepare for the NEXT art show.  The WeHa Artists Emporium is having a Holiday Pop-Up Show in December.  Since we're throwing it, there's a ton of organizing to do.  And Finders Keepers is right around the corner.  And now the group is curating the main gallery of the Noah Webster Library so there's that.  And there's a little thing called Christmas right around the corner.  Woosh!

So I'm off to get some things done.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Wishing you a good week.
Stay strong and be kind to each other.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I Voted!


It's a big day, people!  Very exciting.  I dug through my closet to find the only blazer I own and put together the closest thing I could to a pantsuit to go out and vote for my candidate.  Woo hoo!  Go Hillary!  (In case the pantsuit didn't tip you off.)

I hope you all voted, too.

In other news, Open Studio Hartford is this weekend.


I'm dotting the i's and crossing the t's, packing things up and making my signs.  The weather is supposed to be cold, but clear.  PERFECT conditions for going to an art show.  Now, all I need is a good election, because this is Connecticut.  This is Hillary country.  And if she does not win, people around here will be unhappy.  Unhappy people don't buy art.

I'm hanging my show in a new way this year.  It's always such a bummer to bring a lot of framed work to these shows and leave with a lot of framed work.  Frames are heavy.  Frames are delicate. You can knick them easily and sometimes the glass breaks.  In fact, that just happened.  I was packing up a crate of art from my recent Wind & Water show, and I have a rather large watercolor of two koi.  I propped the painting up against a wall so I could slide the crate into the backseat of my friend's car when a gust of wind came and knocked over the paint.  Crash.  To add injury to insult, when cleaning up the glass, I cut myself.  Then, I bled on my white mat.  It was a comedy of errors.

So that was fun.  (I am fine, by the way.  The cut was not big, but it was a gusher.)

This year, I am bringing far less framed work.  Instead, I am going to run some "clothing lines" along the wall and clamp matted pieces to it.  My idea is that the pieces will be less fragile, less expensive, and more accessible - which I think the Open Studio crowd likes.  And then I can just swap pieces in and out from my standing rack.

Open Studio is THIS WEEKEND.  If you're in the Hartford, CT area, stop on by.

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Vote!
Julie




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It was my birthday!


I like birthdays.  I like to have a cake, make a wish, open gifts, and celebrate with friends, so I throw myself a party every year.  This year was no exception.

(Above)  I made a very delicious chocolate avocado cake.  Oh - it came out so moist and rich! This is the recipe I use.  Try it.

(Below)  Taylor Swift has her crew and I have mine.  Heather, Adrian, Angela, me, and Jackie all pose for a pic between talking politics and eating chocolate and Trader Joe's Shrimp Toast.   Isn't Shrimp Toast a bland, crude name?  Shrimp Toast.  But it was really good!  If you need a nice little appetizer for your party, try Trader Joe's Shrimp Toast!


I love a small, fun party where I can talk to everyone and it's chill and we all have a good time.  And that's exactly what I got.  And this mug!  Go Hillary!


And the necklace I'm wearing is from my son.  He picked it out himself.  Good job, Magoo!

So that was my birthday.  The husband and the son mingled in and out of the room, but mainly it was me and my gal pals.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'd give you all a piece of chocolate avocado cake if I could.  :)