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Posted while on a creative adventure!
I am starting to feature a Photo-of-the-Day on my blog! Today’s is….
Medatative. It features one of the best qualities of Aruba….their sunsets.
The things I photograph are more than about content…they more often focus on color combinations or something odd that made me laugh. I hope you enjoy them!
6/9/15…I cannot believe the amazing support I have received from my followers, collectors, and friends. Thank you all for being on this journey with me. No matter what new things the days bring, knowing you are there with me makes everything crazier, better, happier, and more worthwhile. – Catie
This blog has always been about my creative journey…the idea came from my commencement speaker, Renzo Piano, at graduation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. Renzo advised us graduates to not measure our career by the day or even the month or year…but instead by the decade. We should look back at each decade to see how far we have come in our artistic journey and make sure we continue moving forward at our own pace. Looking back at the past decade I see that in the beginning of it I was a frustrated bookkeeper who knew there was something much greater for me just beyond the horizon and wishing myself the courage to pursue it.
Although I haven’t written a post since December (wow….first of all I cannot believe I have been so remiss) it doesn’t mean that nothing has been going on! I have been busy working as a contracted Social Media Liaison for the St Charles Arts Council and have loved further honing my social media and marketing skills doing so. It has given me the opportunity to meet the most amazing artists and art supporters, work side by side with passionate people providing creative opportunities for artists, and helping to make the dream of having a cultural/arts education center in my city of St Charles, Illinois get closer to fruition! I have also been busy creating a new body of work in a different direction that involves adding new biologic elements to my flowers (stay tuned for that).
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
Over the past few years I have been feeling an increasing pull to the wild adventure of the West…to witness the never ending sun filled blue skies…to explore the grand mountains standing sentry…to dream of new landscapes…and to follow the footsteps of my parents and sister. Being born in Chicago and raised from age 2 in the suburbs here has been a great thing! This is my home and has been my entire life. Over the years, since my parents moved to Arizona, I have made an amazing family here…personally and professionally. I am both nervous and anxious to announce that it is time to leave my safe harbor…move along on my journey…and head West. I am grateful to say that I will be able to spend time and enjoy my parents for the rest of their journey! I am excited to share all the new inspiration I will receive as I explore the Southwest and continue to allow my interpretations be expressed in paint…or even perhaps photography!
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Christopher Columbus
Again I find myself wishing for the courage to pursue what lies just beyond that horizon. I am not sure when this new journey will begin. Our home in downtown St Charles just went on the market. I am going to enjoy each moment of it IN each moment of it. I hope you continue to come along for the ride!
I wish you to see the beauty in all things – large things and small things.
I wish you to embrace the idea of silly and strive to be it often!
I wish you to start a conversation with an artist (it may seem scary but we love it!).
I wish you to buy an original piece of artwork that you love (and the story with it).
I wish you to see the world with the wonderment of a child’s eye.
I wish you more laughter and love than you can handle!
I wish you whimsy!
These are all things I try myself to strive for each and every year; some years it’s easier than others. Thank you for being on this journey with me this past year and I’m looking forward to better embracing my artistic whimsy this coming year!
I have heard from family, friends, art collectors, and many others how fabulous it feels to give someone they love artwork for gifts. Not only do you make the person you love happy by giving the amazing artwork, but you make it possible for the artists and artisans to continue pursuing their dreams. This year, in the Cedar Avenue Studio building, we have expanded our annual Holiday Open Studio event to include guest artists, other small local businesses, children’s activities, as well as charity raffle opportunities. We hope you will join us between 10am-5pm over the weekend of November 8th and 9th!
Items available will be original artwork, jewelry, notecards, bookmarks, calendars, matted prints, framed prints, photography, and so much more. If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so proud to also include Christine Welch of The Coffeecake Connection (website) who will be offering up her gluten free treats as well as taking orders for holiday delivery! She has agreed to offer discounts to those who come this weekend to place their orders and assures me she will offer Thanksgiving delivery as well.
1020 Cedar Avenue is located 1/4 mile east of Route 25 and one block north of Route 64 (Main Street). Our building is located behind Reber and Foley and we have plenty of parking available! Hope to see you there!
The Cedar Avenue Studio artists hosted a September Soiree in the Skylight Gallery space during the Charlie’s Center for the Arts weekend in St. Charles. Thank you to everyone who came! A lot of artwork was sold off the walls as well as prints and cards. It was a great time and something we hope to do again next year! Thank you to Anne Ressman Zabinski, Amy Furio, Laura Stoecker, John Granata, and Al DaValle for participating!
Opening Thursday, September 11th through Sunday, September 14th, from 10am-5pm the Cedar Avenue Studios artists will be featuring their artwork for viewing and sale!
The Skylight Gallery event is part of a larger weekend event being hosted by the St. Charles Arts Council (www.stcharlesartscouncil.org). The arts council is hosting their annual Charlies Center for the Arts – ALL of the ARTS – ALL over TOWN! There are so many events going on this weekend in town!!!
Batavia Enterprises, Inc. is the building owner and they were so kind to allow us to utilize a really creative space in the rear of the building at 1020 Cedar Avenue in St. Charles, IL. The space features one large gallery room with 8 smaller rooms that make up one large space. So, the six of us gathered up all of our artwork and hauled it into the space, hung it up to show the world, and now we are excited to open it to the public.
There is an Artist Reception being held Saturday night, September 13th from 7-10pm. If you are in the area, please feel free to come on down and get your dessert on while looking at art and hobnobbing with the creatives! We love everyone and it will be lots of fun…no stuffiness…just fun! There are also notecards, prints of work, and other goodies available!
For more information: visit https://www.facebook.com/CedarAvenueStudios
We hope to see you!