Tuesday, September 30, 2014

a september to remember

It's the last day of September already! Where did the time go? I have to say, it has been an awesome September, filled with fun, new experiences, and a bunch of different venues showing my art (such as Cool As A Moose,  St. Joe's Coffee, The Gallery At 11 Pleasant, and The Cupcakery)! I think it's safe to say that I will remember this month very fondly.

So...the 10x10 Brunswick was this past Friday, and once again, it was a fantastic evening. Every year I am impressed with how professional, beautiful, well-attended, and well-organized the 10x10 is, and this time around was no different. Well done, 10x10 volunteers and committee members! You make it look easy, and I know it's not.

Anyway, I've never been able to get it together to arrive early to the 10x10 before, but this year was different...another first! I was able to witness the line of people forming to get into the show as soon as the doors opened, which was so cool!

sneaking in early!

Anyway, I was very happy to see a familiar face waiting on line at Curtis Memorial Library: Michael Gorzka, digital librarian, children's book author, and the man behind "Curtis Creative Spaces"!  Terry and I waved at Mike, so he knew we were inside already. The doors opened, and Mike and his lovely friend Kat were among the first ones to get in. Mike hurried over to my paintings, threw his hand into the air, turned to Terry, and said, "Which one should I choose? I can't decide!" Terry said, "Go with your gut!" A few nearby art lovers saw that Mike was plagued with indecision, so they chimed in with their vote: "Sugar Snap Peas"! 

choices, choices! 

The choice was made, and a 10x10 volunteer was on the scene immediately to remove the painting from the wall and escort its new owner over to the checkout line. Yay! 

"Sugar Snap Peas": SOLD! 

I am excited about this purchase for a variety of reasons, and I will list two here: 1. I know that "Sugar Snap Peas" has gone to a good home, where it will be loved and appreciated, and 2. this is the second painting of mine that Mike has purchased, so it's official: I have another COLLECTOR! Woo-hoo! 

Terry and I hung out for a while enjoying all the wonderful and very diverse art...at one point, Terry turned to me and said, "There's a lot of really nice work here...I think this show gets better every year!" We were also able to spend some time chatting with other artists in the show, including Hati Modr, Mandy Russell, Sarah Brayman, Catherine Worthington (who sold both of her pieces as soon as the doors opened!), Mary Becker Weiss, and Debbie Casterlin (who cracked me up by saying, "I've been reading your blog! Is that okay?"), among others! We ended the evening with a quick trip to El Camino so I could have a celebratory mojito (and a microbrew for Terry), and then we grabbed some takeout from Shere Punjab so we could enjoy a laid-back dinner on the couch in our pjs. What a fun night...I'm already looking forward to next year's 10x10

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