If there has been a “slower” week since this ride began in early September of 2019, this past week was it. The opening reception at Artlink in Fort Wayne went well, pieces arrived, and another piece began to formulate in my mind.
After working an eight hour day, I enthusiastically left work eager to see how the evening would play out. My daughters were meeting me to make the drive to the gallery and my husband was coming over right from work. Was this really happening? When we arrived, the gallery doors were not open and the parking lot was full.
After about a half-hour, our teenagers were ready to go. I wasn’t. I wanted to stay and talk with people. I wanted to see who might stop in for support. The texts had already been coming in of friends who couldn’t make it. I had the pleasure of meeting with one juror of the exhibition, Sayaka Ganz. “I really enjoyed your pieces. How long have you been creating art? I hope to see more of your work in the future.” Thank you, Sayaka, thank you so much. After expressing my gratitude for her encouragement and giving her a goodbye upper arm rub (awkward I know) I continued to enjoy the other pieces.
Most were abstract, many were landscape, and some were peculiar. Scarlet She Rose were the only two pieces, besides one other, which incorporated portraits. As I stood in the vicinity of the pieces, looking for those who might have made it out to see the installation, I gal walked up to me. “Do you have work here?” I had seen her in the restroom earlier. She was very artistic looking, we smiled and I was on my way. Bathroom chit chat has always been a bit difficult for me. I shared the pieces on display, she shared she too had pieces in the exhibit. She stood amazed at the piece, as I had her works of art, and then she asked, “Who are these women?” As I began to share their stories I shared on the special episode of the Shanon Roberts podcast, Behind the Piece: Scarlet She Rose, she took a deep breath and even appeared misty-eyed.
I have the pleasure of delivering prints this weekend and I am excited to place another work in the hands of a client I connected with before Christmas, early next week. Remember “Islands in the Stream”? His birthday is February 1st and I pray the piece blesses him richly. Finally, another piece involving grapes, olives and wheat has been dancing around in my mind as of late – my spirit senses it is a piece with a rich message – one where many will be blessed.
Thank you for having a read! I pray health and wholeness over your life, and a stirring of your own unique creative passions to be shared with your world.
Six years after laying down the dream of being a full-time artist, God is handing it back. Spirit shined and polished, the artistic gift will be a conduit to creating a variety of works intended to usher in God's glory-presence in any atmosphere, encourage through personalized works, and provide peace in the market place.