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!

2017 june workhouse
That’s me, always working on the floor, when I have a perfectly good table.

Empty Studio

New things must be coming in the studio, because it’s pretty empty right now.  I actually can’t stand the sight of it.  However, it just means that most of my current work is out in the real world getting looked at, and that is so gratifying.  I make all of these things in the comfort control room that is my studio. I am making it mostly for myself, to challenge my ideas, to see if I can make something from nothing, to carry out an idea on a theme.  Now, I’ve allowed it to leave my little bubble and be out among all the other viewers, purveyors of art.  I’m excited for these opportunities, and of course it’s great to have shows and exhibits to get a feel for how one’s work is perceived.  Next week, I’ll have the opportunity to go to that exhibit, talk a little about why and how I made those pieces and field questions about what people get out of what they’re looking at.  It’s scary and wonderful all at the same time.

But in the meantime, I haven’t had much time inside the studio this week. Between being back at my day job and dropping of my work for the exhibit, there has been very little time for making.  Next week, should balance out and I’ll be back in, completing some pieces and taking the leap to start another series (I hope).  The empty studio makes me think about possibilities!

But here are a few shots of this week, just to give you some perspective:

New Threads hang off the edge of a piece.  Almost complete.
Threads and floor.
Time to fill the wall again!
New piece, ready to be shown! (Ohio, Mississippi confluence)
Where I unpacked all my pieces for a beautiful space in Falls Church, can’t wait to visit my pieces next week.
Unpacking started, the big one (A Confluence) is rolled up on the floor.
Picked up the painting in this exhibition catalogue this week.  What a great opportunity to be a part of the Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition.
A new piece, and maybe a new series.  This one is being donated to the Workhouse. Hope to explore this more in 2017.