I can't tell you how many times I've opened my blog and watched the cursor blinking impatiently, head empty, intending to type something...anything. I wish I had of sooner. About two weeks ago, since returning to Atlantic Newsstand as a second job, I spoke with a customer who asked if I had bought a towing vehicle yet. He checks out my blog every now and again and I hadn't made an update in over a month he said. I told him I had finally purchased a Ford Escape after months and months of searching. His reply, "Ok good, well I have the same vehicle and I was going to offer to trade you for some of your artwork". Whaaaat?!! What an amazing and incredibly flattering offer!! I missed out on this opportunity but as one door closes more open, as they say.
Around the same time the owner of Argyle Fine Art, where I am represented, introduced me to Timeraiser and suggested I enter some work to the jury. If you aren't familiar with Timeraiser, as I wasn't, it is a "volunteer matching fair, a silent art auction, and a
night out on the town. The big Timeraiser twist is rather than bidding money
on artwork, participants bid volunteer hours". My work was accepted and I am extremely excited to be part of this. I have been thinking for a long time about how I can give back while still pursuing my art. This is an interesting event because their goal is to raise volunteer hours while supporting artists by purchasing the pieces directly from them. Take a minute to watch their video explaining how it all works.... then go buy a ticket for $10 and attend the event at 1055 Marginal Road on the evening of October 10th.
I am also excited to be part of another Halifax event, East Coast Living's Dine by Design. This is what East Coast Living has to say about it; ” a
dazzling event showcasing design luminaries and culinary giants from
Halifax in a spectacular feast for the senses." Each designer is given a 10x10 foot space to create a dining room and the chef they are paired with will create a menu inspired by the room. Where do I fit in this? Argyle Fine Art has a space in the upstairs of the Olympic Centre where they can showcase some work. Once again, I was asked if I would like to take part and display my Roadside America images, created for an exhibition this past April. Of course I jumped at the chance to reach a new audience. As it happens, three out of the four pieces left from that show sold in the last week so I got down to work and finished three new pieces I had been slowly working on. Here's a sneak peak at one.