Closing and Opening

Hi Everyone, with the school year in full swing, I can finally get back to announcing shows and sharing some works in progress.  It’s been a busy end of summer!

First! If you haven’t made it out to the New Deal Cafe, I still have art exhibiting in it’s restaurant space.  It’s really a sweet spot, so if you can make your way around the beltway in the next week, you won’t regret it.  They often have musical acts and of course fresh food and great beverages.  I hope you can get out there!

Here are a few images from the opening, about a month ago.

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After I deinstall at the cafe, my work heads on over to Sonoma Cellars in Alexandria, VA.   It’s a lovely place for fresh Californian-style cuisine, and of course lovely wines.  Here is a flyer created by their team:

2017 Sonoma Cellars Kate Fitzpatrick

It’s been a great year of so many different kinds of exhibitions.  Please check out my Instagram feed to get a peek at the work I’m doing as a part of my graduate program at George Mason University.  I will be adding updates for some group shows I may be a part of in the next couple of months, so be on the look out

Workhouse Arts Center

It’s sad to say goodbye to a place that has afforded me so much opportunity in the last year.  I never would have expected to feel so connected to a place in such a short amount of time.  Maybe it’s because it was truly a transition year for me.  There was a lot of breaking down walls, forgetting the reasons and excuses I could not practice my art in the past, and begin at making it a practice again.  To me that is just what art is.  A practice.   I was lucky enough to produce a  lot of work, have opportunities to exhibit, and try out new techniques and work on some extreme projects. All because I had space and time.  I’m so happy and grateful that I had the opportunity to connect with the community in a different way.  Not to mention the relationships that have come from this special place.  I feel extremely lucky that I was able to have the space and opportunity to be at the Workhouse and delve more deeply into how and why I make art.

This fall I’ll be heading back to school to attend George Mason University to pursue an MFA degree in painting.  I’m so excited and thrilled to be able to follow through on a something that I’ve been thinking about doing since I was an undergrad.  After 16 years of being a full time teacher I thought it was time to take a step back and become a student again.  I’ll be teaching part time, just like I have this year, but I’m spending more time on my art.  I know that this program will be rigorous and demanding, but I know I’m up to the challenge.

So, enjoy the summer, I’ll be posting from time to time.  I’m still working at the Workhouse Arts Center through June, then it’s back to my home studio until I make the move over to GMU.  Hope that you’ll follow me on the next part of my journey!  Thank you as always for your support!

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That’s me, always working on the floor, when I have a perfectly good table.