But then nothing has really gone forward...yet...
So lets see.. where to begin.
The Museum Project is a tentative go. They are definitely interested in me, and having some of my work in their gift shop. I am waiting on some copywrite permission before I can move forward however. This opportunity is something that an artist waits for their entire life. I will do anything to see it come to fruition. Including be patient! :-)
In July, My husband and I headed up to upstate New York to visit with his wonderful family! I had a lovely time. One of the highlights was visiting the Baseball Hall of Famee in Cooperstown, Ny. Cooperstown is the most wonderful little town!
I understand that it is kinda kept that way by one woman so that it never loses it's charm. So if you go, eat before you go. There are no Mc Donalds or Grocery Store chains so take what you want to eat and drink with you.
Also wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to drink in
everything "Baseball" you could ever possibly want to see. It was
With all of the history in the museum, I still have to contend that their art galleries are the best. REAL Norman Rockwell paintings. REAL. Not prints or copies. The real deal. Also I discovered a new artist named Civility who was obviously inspired by Rockwell. (Or at the very least their styles are similar which I loved.) There was also a wonderful exhibit of African American Artists on the subject of African Americans in baseball. I enjoyed that exhibit the most. It was very, very moving.
We also ended up at the Local Utica, NY Brewery, theSaranac brewery. I loved the tour because they have several art pieces at the beginning. They have TWO count em TWO Tiffany lamps. One Desk Lamp and the other is an UBER Rare Hanging lamp complete with original beads! It was inspiring to see such gorgeous pieces in person! They also have one of PT Barnum's Travelling desks that was entirely hand carved. They also have a German Grandfather clock that unfortunately I don't know much about...
Then the next week I went to "Model Horse Mecca" also known as the
North American Model Horse Nationals and At the end of that same week
In the Miniature Model Horse world, the Nationals are the "world series" for all of the winners of the local shows within the last two years. The fact that I had people who use my tack in the National show is
wonderful enough. However I was the maker of the tack on the Saddleseat champion
this year. It was doublely wonderful because one of my closest friends,
Robin P. is the one that won!
My tack also garnered several top tens for some close friends! Although I am not sure that people in the art world would consider this prestigious or a "real" award, It is "real" and prestigious to me.
I donated a piece to the local art fundraiser "Art for the animals". The art sold at this event will go to the Shamrock Society which is a Local no kill animal shelter. Although my halter didn't sell for as much as I had hoped (I don't think a lot of people "Got" it) the money still went to a good cause. The event was wonderful with fantastic food and drink from local restaurants! I am definitely going to donate again next year.
People were looking for Practical Art there like Vases and Bowls or paintings. Abstract little halters didn't catch the imagination or fit the bill of what folks wanted. Ah well, there is always next year!
Last weekend I dropped off one of my saddles at the Kentucky State Fair Leatherworking Competition. I'm anxiously awaiting the results! Last year a lot of people apparently entered their work in the wrong classes so I'm hoping that I entered mine in the right one. (crossing fingers)
As you can imagine, I'm tired. I've also put on some weight that I am now desperately trying to take off. I've discovered that I am probably hypoglycemic. (not diabetic) I have been attempting to stick to a low sugar, low carb diet. I am really really motivated because I'm tired of being so sick all of the dang time!