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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Anniversary Celebration Continues--Featuring The Artist Alley

The 1 year anniversary on Etsy continues....remember to leave a comment for a chance to win one of my new prints coming out this week. Contest ends on Friday, August 8th!!

(((new work in progress--one of my largest yet. 24 x 30))
I don't have a title for it yet. I'm sure though, something will come to me in my
One of the best things that I have done this year is to join the Carolina Mixed Media Artist Guild which although membership is open throughout the Carolina's, the most active members are from Central Carolina and meet monthly in Raleigh or a nearby area for play dates. I can't tell you how much inspiration I've acquired through this group and the new friends I've made.
(Amy, Olivia, and Jean in the background)
I stumbled upon this group when I happened to visit a local shop called Artist Alley which is located in downtown Southern Pines. Artist Alley displays a variety of art in just about every genre you could imagine, from jewelry, to painting, fabric art, mixed media, metal, and pottery to name just a few. I believe it was Penny that I met first that invited me to join the group, and if anyone has ever met Penny before, her personality is as lingering and delightful as her soaps and candles she creates. Jean, the owner of Artist Alley is warm and friendly. I've never seen her without a smile on her face. She also extended the welcome to join the group and I started to feel like, yes maybe I could do this even though it was moving far and away from my comfort zone. I'm glad I joined though as the meetings have evolved from a once a month visit to a complete network of not just peers, but inspiring woman I also consider friends.

I visited Jean's shop again on Friday of this week to take part in the First Friday Celebration. I think First Friday is a fantastic idea. Not sure who thought of it but what better way to advertise your shop and rub elbows with those that create the beautiful works of art. Normally at least one artisan is featured on the First Friday opening and is on site to discuss what it is that they do up close and personal. In a store like this, you must go back, and back, and back again because it is forever changing.

I'd be remiss not to mention one of my favorite artists featured at Artist Alley, the wonderfully talented Amy Smith. Amy has an entire wall of her artwork displayed as you can see from the snapshot above. She is fearless with color and creates work that has many layers incorporated into her whimsical pieces. I just adore what she does and am finally a proud owner of one her lovely pieces! Amy has been extremely supportive of my development as a mixed media artist, even going so far as to introducing me to many different mediums such as tar gel, molding paste, and golden fluid acrylics when she graciously allowed me to purchase some of her overstock and duplicate supplies.

Doesn't this flower just sing happiness?

Some more of Amy's mini's on the right.

I wish I would have wrote down the name of the last several artists I took photos of but I didn't. I just love the vibrant colors of these flowers and animals which are created on wood.

Talk about inventive and imaginative, bet you didn't know that shovels and cast iron pans could be so funky!

I'm not sure what this sculpture is made out of, I think some sort of blade or farm equipment? I have no idea and it really doesn't matter because it's now a person strumming the guitar and dancing to the beat of their own drum. Amazing.
After the First Friday celebration all the ladies mentioned as well another dear friend who is a mixed media fiber artist, Nanette, went out for some snacks and a drink. We couldn't hear each other to save our lives, but it was fun. Being in the company of such wonderfully talented individuals motivates me to forge ahead and continue on this journey. Nanette has been instrumental in guiding me on the writing portion of my next phase of my own personal journey which is to achieve being published in art magazine(s). She's taught me several things about writing and the process of how to submit work and so one. If I do achieve this next goal, I know it won't be because of what I have done by myself. The goal will be achieved because many had their hands outstretched, guiding me along the way.

Thank you all for joining me on my little tour today. Hope you have someone(s) in your life that have been instrumental in help you achieve your dreams and goals. If not, open yourself up to the opportunity. You'll never know when walking through a strange door will open yourself up to a whole new world!

Update--after posting this, I saw that I was featured in a post from my online mixed media team from Etsy-'Metsy'. The blog author, Yin, asked for feature ideas and after writing to her about my anniversary giveaway, she suggested doing a post about my first year on the site. Thank you Yin for the feature!

Don't forget--contest ends Friday, August 8th!!!


Jeanne Rhea said...

Love the report and so nice of you to report on many of your inspirations. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

Penny A said...

Aww... you are vey sweet to mention me :-o First Fridays are uch a TREAT (for ALL of the reasons you mention, and then some)! Congratulations on your Etsy anniversary!

Onward and upward, girlie!
- penny

Lyn said...

Hello Lucy. Loving your blog! The artwork in the shop is so beautiful. Thanks for posting pictures!
Loving your artwork too! "City Life" is gorgeous.
Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the blog.
Ta! =)

Amy said...

So glad we stumbled across each other. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for showing my work on your blog! It was a good time, wasn't it? My ears are still ringing thoug.

NanetteSayz said...

You too are an inspiration to the rest of us. It's fun watching us all grow. I, too, stumbled on the group and have been so grateful. I love being around intelligent creative women. I, also, am honored to process a piece of your work. Seeing it reminds me of the importance of supporting your friends and remembering to utilize the talents that you have.

Patti said...

Oh, to win one of your prints! Maybe, if I don't win, I'll just buy one. My 'happiness' magnet is on the lamp beside my bed and I like the reminder.
have a great week!

Leah said...

what a cool group!! i wish i had something like that close to me!!!

Kathy said...

Thanks for the peek inside the wonderful group you have mentioned to us. All the art work is fantastic. You have a way with words, my friend...and I am sure all those great people you speak so highly of, love you to pieces to. How could you not? Congrat's on the Metsy feature to.

Alisa Nordholt-Dean said...

What a lovely shop...and a fabulous group of artists! It sounds like a wonderfully inspiring and supportive group. Your Metsy article is amazing as Kathy said, you definitely have a way with words. Thanks for letting me be a part of your artistic journey!