After 5 months of very little marketing or production of new pieces, I am back with a bang! I suffered the horror of the shingles virus for the entire month of May (I advise all to discuss with your doctor the feasibility of getting the shingles vaccine as it is truly a horrible illness that can cause excruciating nerve pain (and when I say excruciating, I mean I'd rather go through childbirth again over this illness!)).
I travelled to Great Barrington, MA in the beautiful Berkshire mountains this past weekend to sell at the Berkshires Arts Festival July 1-3. This was a high end juried art show featuring 200 vendors. I must say I felt truly honored to be amongst these great artists who sold jewelry, textiles, paintings, photographs, pottery, hand-painted wood bowls, and furniture. I made so many new artist friends from all over the Northeast and spoke to hundreds of interesting customers. I always enjoy people's reactions to my quirky characters. Most people say they have never seen anything like my creations and many laugh or smile while perusing my booth, which truly delights me. As a psychologist, I like to joke that my art is therapy, not only for me as I create, but also for those who feel happy as they look at my whimsical and quirky characters. Here are some pieces that I sold at the fair:
Aside from enjoying a good show, I am very excited to say that I got into two new galleries! I dropped these 12 pieces off at Evergreen Gallery in Great Barrington, MA yesterday. Right after the gallery owner put some of my pieces in the window, I saw the actor Chris Noth, formerly of Law & Order and Sex in the City, emerge from the café next door and as he walked down the street, he stopped and looked at my window display! How exciting!
Here are the 9 pieces that Carlene from Lenox Print & Mercantile bought wholesale from me for her delightful store:
In addition to these wonderful developments, I returned home to find out that The Eclectic Collector Gallery in Katonah, NY had sold yet 3 more of my pieces (for a grand total of 22 since November!). I am so thankful to be supported by gallery owners, other artists and, most of all, my customers! Here are the 3 that just sold at The Eclectic Collector:
I'd better go into production mode now that I've been depleted of my inventory! Yay, what fun.
I am 58 years old, a wife of 27 years, a mother of a wonderful and independent 20-year-old daughter, a clinical psychologist who treats adults in private practice, and last, but definitely not least, an artist. Whew! That was a mouth full. My passion is creating one-of-a-kind whimsical sculptural animals, dolls, and cake toppers (with a little multi-media collage thrown in for good measure). I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them!