1. My one-woman gallery show: Elemental Spirit Rhythms will have its opening reception at Raleigh Parks and Recreation's Sertoma Arts Center in Raleigh on Sunday. Stan and I installed the show on Monday, and it looks great (if I say so myself, which I guess I just did!). The room is a very large rectangle, and we've hung 24 of my 18-inch bamboo bowl wall hangings around it, on simple brass rods. Seeing all of them together this way made me proud of the work I've done in this medium over the last three years, and I'm happy to exhibit them (and maybe sell one or two?).
2. I will be teaching preschool art at the same Sertoma Arts Center, and at the Brier Creek Community Center beginning next week. I'll be presenting art lessons to children, with and without their parents in both one-time and multi-class programs. I've combined my love of art with my love of books for children and created classes which begin with a book, and end with artistic creations...gotta love that!
3. My new, improved Etsy shop is now complete. I did an overhaul at the end of the year, and I've stocked some newly created cut paper collage mini magnets there. I'm going to try to be more active on Etsy, since I know you have to promote to get sales. So, in that spirit, go see my shop, and tell your friends, please!
4. My search for the perfect engagement calendar for 2011 has finally ended in success. This is a major issue for me at the start of the year. I'm admittedly old-school when it comes to keeping my life organized--no Blackberry or iPhone for me! I must have an art-filled, week-at-a-glance calendar facing me in the studio. I must. I spent far too long, both online and in physical searching for just the right one this year. The choices were slim, but I did finally find one online I know I will love, and it was delivered last night: the 2011 Henri Matisse Cut-Outs calendar by Taschen. It has 52 images of his fabulous cut-out works; many of which I've never seen. Since Matisse's work has long been an inspiration for me, I'm so glad I've found it, and will truly enjoy the year looking at this datebook. The title translates to 'heart smitten with love,' which is an over-the-top, but somewhat accurate description of how I feel about this calendar.
5. Because of #4 above, I've gotten the idea for another blog post about my conscious and unconscious relationship with the inspiration of Matisse...more on that later, but here's a tease:
40.5 x 86 cm.
gouache and cut out paper
Danske Kunst industrimuseet, Copenhagen
Michelle Davis Petelinz
3.5 x 2.5 in.
acrylic and cut out paper
I can't wait to see what the rest of the year will bring. Stay tuned!