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Spring is the most amazing time of the year in the arts, especially if you are a botanical based artist.  The orchid shows are done and the other flower shows are just heating up.  All the sensual colors and the twisted silky petals seeking my attention…it’s such a rush of adrenaline for me!

The other fabulous thing that goes on this time of year is college student art shows.  It has become one of my favorite times of year because of the ability to see, and be inspired by, what the future holds for art.  Here is a sampling of the offerings (and I will surely be at as many as I can get to):

The School of the Art institute of Chicago’s fashion departments annual The Walk.  Nick Cave and the fashion department’s annual runway show never disappoints!  I usually attend the 9am dress rehearsal to get the insider point of view.  The sophomore class in the past offers up their visions in monochrome style using cream and greys…words cannot begin to describe the textural impacts of this palette as well as shadow effects and the lines!  Wow.  I know they are beginning their journey in fashion, but the limits their display is given makes these creations even more interesting!  The Juniors and Seniors have no limitations and it shows!  I have seen their designs range from Carnivale to Armageddon.  The Walk will be held this year on Friday, May 2nd and you can find more information HERE!

Also in Chicago, Columbia College is offering an Open Studio event for the Seniors of their BFA program.  On Tuesday, April 15th you can join in with food and beverage along with the fabulous artwork.  This is such a great event to not only support the future artists but also view and purchase great artwork!  You can find more information HERE!

And finally, my ultimate favorite event of the young artists is the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Undergrad and Graduate exhibitions.  This year’s MFA show is starting April 26th and running through May 14th.  Being an alum of this amazing school, I love to wander around the Sullivan Galleries (located on State Street – “that great street” for anyone as old as me) to see all the yummy offerings!  You can find more information on that HERE!

Today is a lecture on Modern Metaphors at the Rockford Art Museum and next week I’m off to the Art Institute of Chicago to attend the lecture on the new Modern Masters exhibition along with the sneak peek of the show itself.  I love this time of year!

Good days and weeks are to be celebrated fiercely!

Come see the actual painting on Friday at Starline Gallery, Harvard, IL…one night only!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As an artist, I find that there is so much of my work that doesn’t occur in studio…but rather in the world doing many things…living a creative life.  For me, it seems seasonal.  Perhaps because my work is botanically influenced, like the flowers and the trees, I feel like I am winding down…looking back at my own years progression establishing stronger roots in the art community and learning of the valuable resources to take advantage of to grow as an artist.  I have weathered some storms…and on some days or weeks I relish in the bright light of sunshine as some things come into play.

A couple of weeks ago I launched an Etsy site (you can link to it HERE) where I have decided to begin selling my photographs that I have taken over the years.  The current offering of photography is based on a hike I took a couple of weeks ago along the historic Fox River in St. Charles, Illinois. Also included on the Etsy site is a yearly calendar that I have put together…utilizing images that I have collected over the years.  The calendars have been very popular and I am hoping to add stationary and notecards as well as much more photography.

This past Friday I was happily featured in the Several Starry Nights blog by Shannon Callarman.  I had the pleasure of meeting Shannon while working the same shift for the St. Charles Art’s Council’s NeXt Gallery located at Charlestowne Mall until October 27th.  Shannon has a drive and passion for the promotion of all things art rarely seen.  She is a very talented writer and I hope you will take the time to visit her blog as well…she has so much to share!

This coming Friday  (the 26th) I will be participating in the final 4th Fridays event at Starline Gallery located in Harvard, Illinois. I have had great fortune at this event and I hope you will free to come and enjoy the festivities.  For a $5 entry there are appetizers and wine and live music!

Yep…all in all…this is a good week with hopes of many more of these to come!  I wish you all a good week too!