Made a trip up to Santa Fe today. Aaron and I rode the train up from Albuquerque, got there right around lunch so we ate some yummyness at Tomasita’s and then headed right up to Canyon Road. The purpose of the trip was to scout out galleries to submit my art to. I have been without a gallery in Santa Fe for around 15 years now. It’s time to dive back in! This has been a goal of mine for at least 10 years, but it wasn’t until the past couple of years that I have felt confident enough with my body of work to actually do something about it. This is seriously stepping out of my comfort zone, I have always been intimidated by Santa Fe and Canyon Rd. specifically. The galleries I sold my work in previously were not “Fine” art galleries, they were more of the tourist trap variety (just off the Plaza). I will only say they are no longer there. Plus, my art is completely different now!
This was probably my 4th or 5th trip up to “scout” galleries on Canyon Rd. Every time I do it, I find a couple I like. I even submitted to one or two the first time I tried, and was quickly rejected. I was painting landscapes back then. I feel confident that my work now is completely original and much better executed. I KNOW I can find a gallery in Santa Fe to show my work! This is where the hard part comes in. Walking up and down Canyon Rd. looking at art/galleries is easy, it’s fun in fact, one of my favorite things to do! Coming home, going through the business cards I picked up, checking out their websites for submission guidelines, also fairly easy. Putting together my submissions, re writing my bio, statement and updating my resume…. a bit more difficult. Sending the submissions…nerve wracking! Waiting for replies? Absolute torture! Knowing this, I also know it’s time. I must step out of my comfort zone and go for it. I know I’m ready and I know there is a gallery for my work in Santa Fe. The trick is to not chicken out this time! 🙂
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Wow! Time has flown since my last post! I have been super busy with everything going on, but it’s all good stuff, so I’m happy. We are still showing the new studio space to prospective renters. We were down to only 2 spaces left but unfortunately, a couple people had to back out on us so now there are 4 spaces available again. If you are interested you’d better jump on it soon though, we are making the rounds at First Friday this week so I don’t expect there to be any spaces available after the weekend!
Lots of other exciting things happening as well! My husband will be appearing on television tonight on two different shows. They are both local cable access channel shows so unfortunately you have to be local to catch them. However, he does get a dvd of his appearance so I know he will be posting some video on his blog and youtube as soon as he can.
Also, it looks like a may have a position as curator for a local arts and entertainment venue. I don’t want to mention any names until I know for sure. I should be meeting with the current curators soon. I will keep you posted.
I am close to finishing the second of two large canvases I’ve been working on over the past few weeks. They are reserved for a gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. Again, I don’t want to mention any names until I know for sure. I have taken some video of the first one and I’m waiting for my camera batteries to charge so I can upload and post it.
And in other news, I have several new needlepoint designs that will be released to the public at a trade show in Dallas next month. I have promised to save them for the show, so until then I can’t post photos here.
The best news for me is that I’m finally feeling better after suffering through a bout with the flu for the past 3 weeks! It was the strangest sickness I’ve ever had. There is definitely a new strain going around this year! It seems just about everyone I know has had it and some of them have suffered for over 3 months! So, I count myself lucky to be feeling better after only 3 weeks! I just pray I don’t relapse!
So much going on right now, I barely have time to breathe! Figured I’d write a quick post to let you all know what’s up. Several deals in the works, can’t really say much until I know more, but stay tuned and I will keep you posted.
I’m working on my largest canvas to date, a 48 x 48″ oil painting, a new spiral abstract flower.
I have a couple of Canyon Road galleries in Santa Fe interested in seeing more of my larger work which is why I’m busy painting more!
Preparing to move in to my new studio (again, I know, I’ve only been in this studio for 1 1/2 months!) at the beginning of March. Much nicer place(heat and air conditioning!) with a gallery too!
Spring is coming! I love this time of year! I’ll post more news soon, I promise!