As I was leaving Gallery 2014, I was accosted by a small army of little girls dressed in lavender and pink...they complimented my accessories...and the fact that my jewelry matched my painting (and I was THRILLED that someone noticed!)...and said they loved the painting. The best part? They described it as 'a lady with blue shoes sitting on a cloud'
And I just loved that, on so many levels!
Next up...the 50/50 Art Auction at the Armory!
My next event was a fundraiser for the Armory in West Palm Beach- the 50/50 Live Art and Art Auction event. The concept...50 local artists...paintings created on the spot in two hours...then the work is auctioned off at the end of the evening. I participated in this event a few years back, (CLICK HERE FOR 2012 EVENT PICS) It was fun to partner up with the Armory again, work alongside local artists, talk with folks that appreciate art...and the proceeds all go to a good cause, so that always feels great to use my art to give back.
It has been 20 years since Amy left this earth. I am a little in my feelings this year more so than other years. Every year, this is a tough day...but this year in particular. Grief does not have a time limit, and I am okay with being a little more aware of how I feel today.
And today...I miss my best friend.
...again...we're backtracking here, folks...so...let's go back to...ummm...
After the beach it was time o meet Miss Sharon at Gallery 2014. Hard to believe exactly one year ago I was going there with my artwork loaded onto a tablet to see about getting representation with the gallery. And now- my work is there and I have sold something every month! My pieces don't go for huge amounts...they are great for folks looking to start collecting...they are small, personal, affordable. Every sale, no matter how big or small means so much to me because I know that someone came in, selected my #heART and liked it enough to purchase it. (Yay...thanks!)
So the goal for this meeting was to deliver some 'new' pieces. Currently the gallery has over 200 pieces of my work from 2012-2014, but I took some of the work I have made this year. We decided on bascially all of my 'Mermaid Series'...a couple of pieces from my 'Many Hats Series' and a couple from my 'Surfaces Series'...*many works are framed and ready to hang, so go snatch'em up!
*There are SO MANY mermaids...seriously... so I framed some of them and the rest are in a nice presentation book...ask to see them! They are all either 8x10 or 5x7 so super easy to mat/frame :)
Another thing that I was focusing on...making sure I also coordinated with my show. I found a great lavendar dress on clearance at Charming Charlie a couple of years ago, which I wore my SIL's bridesmaid luncheon. I thought that pulling out this specific color, lavender, would be a great accent to my artwork so I hand painted portions of the dress with 'fashion' and added that to my 'opening night' secrets.
After the hand painted dress...it was all about accessories! My vision was to create upcycled Tshirt necklaces for my girlfriends to wear at my opening. They came dressed all in black to really make the colors pop, and I just love the idea that my art was on the wall AND walking around the room! I took the 'scraps' from their necklaces and combined it with gray T-shirt necklace to tie in everything together...and of course all the pieces has various embellishments...from hand stitched beading, to re-purposed broken jewelry pieces to small crystals. As for my shoes...I just had to turn that into a DIY project as well! I needed silver shoes but couldn't find any that I liked, so I finally settled on some gold wedges that I spray painted with silver glitter and then hand glue clear crystals on for extra sparkle. (More details about all of this on Instagram, @artinw_damuse )
And...well, here it is...my show!
And...well...that's it. That was my show.
Oh wait...one more thing. Before the opening I walked about the area right around Harold's and left some #AngelDropART in pastic bags tied with purple ribbon in honor of my grandma, 'Flossie', and in honor of all those affected by Alzheimer's. Granny really started my love of fashion and sparkly things...and I won't ever forget it, even if she can't remember.
...I love you, granny!
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