Two weeks ago I took part in a professional development program organized by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), in partnership with the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. The program is called NYSC/NYFA Artists as Entrepreneur Boot Camp. In the three days topics covered were strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. We learned so much through presentations, group work, and discussions. We were lucky to have an awesome supportive group and awesome presenters. This Boot Camp really got us thinking in all the ways we could grow. We bounced ideas off each other and bonded as a group and I feel like I made a lot of new friends! If you get a chance to take this program in the future or something similar in your state, do it!
In other news, here is my latest newsletter with upcoming shows and events:
Craft Fair at the Enfield Valley Grange, Enfield, NY
Saturday, November 17, 9AM-3PM
Craft Fair at the Ithaca First Assembly Church
197 Bostwick Road, Ithaca, NY
Saturday, December 1, 9AM-3PM
I will be there with small paintings, cards, and eco-printed silk scarfs.
I also have work in the following shows:
State of the Art Gallery's Juried Show, Ithaca, NY
December 5-30; Opening Reception December 7, 5-8PM
Annual Group Exhibit, School of Music and Arts, Ithaca, NY
December 7-January 25; Opening Reception December 7, 5-8PM
This painting was accepted into the Annual Group Exhibit of the Community School of Music and Art, December 7 through January 25.
I painted this with the help of a facebook photo posted by my friend Kung of her trip west. I was immediately struck by this scene of her standing up there looking into this immense space. In the caption she wrote about her feeling of awe and gratitude: "This is the moment that I couldn't explain. I stood still and looked around and all of a sudden my heart was so full. Tears ran down my cheeks. I realized how my heart is full with emotions when I am surrounded by all this natural beauty. This moment made me appreciate how grateful I am to have the opportunity to see this very beautiful place." I recognize the feeling of the heart overflowing with happiness and gratitude, and I hope you will too!