Studio News: Debut Times Two!
To an outsider, artist studios are mysterious places. They are the place where the magic happens, the inspiration strikes, and art is created from nothing. Although for the artist, it’s probably their favorite place to be. It’s like our little (or big) cave where we can retreat and simply be our true selves. I haven’t shared much about what’s been going on in my studio because it’s been a bit of a secret. But now I am happy to share some exciting news with you, my dear reader.
My black and white project that I call the Absence Series has developed over the past eight months into something I am truly proud of. If you haven’t yet read my previous post where I describe the concept of the series, please feel free to check it out here. I have been quietly working away on this project because it will soon be exhibited in my first professional solo show. In fact, it will be exhibited twice. My professional debut is times two!
A debut it truly is. This is my professional debut since leaving my teaching career, as well as my first introduction to the art world here in Atlantic Canada. I have previously been involved in many smaller group exhibitions both in galleries and less traditional settings. I am pleased that I am now going to have my work exhibited in a solo format, where my series will be shown as a series.
The Absence Series will be shown at the Harbour View Gallery at Sunbury Shores Art and Nature Centre in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. If you haven’t heard of Saint Andrews, think very beautiful and quaint summer destination full of small town charm. My exhibition is in July, which means peak tourist season and lots of sunshine. In August, the show moves to the Charlotte Street Arts Centre in Fredericton (the town I live in), where it will be up until October. One body of work, two exhibitions… which means two opening nights in two beautiful towns. What an amazing opportunity for a newcomer like me!
I am so grateful to have these opportunities to share my work in public, especially because I am an outsider to the art community here. I started from scratch when I moved to Atlantic Canada last summer. I am grateful that these two institutions are taking a chance on an “outlander” like me by hosting my exhibitions. I am grateful that I am even able to create this work because my husband believed in my dream to be an artist, which involved agreeing to change our careers and country, essentially transforming our lives forever. I am grateful for my “journey” which sounds quite cliche, but it’s the truth. I wouldn’t be able to do what I am doing now without having gone through all of the ups and downs of the past. Suffice it to say, I am grateful for a lot. Especially the fact that you are reading this right now, which is a wonderful way to show support. Thank you!
If you are in New Brunswick, I invite you to see my shows! My first opening is at Sunbury Shores in Saint Andrews on July 5th from 5-7pm. This will be on display until July 27th. My second show is at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre in Fredericton and opens on August 1st. It will be up until sometime in October. I will be sharing more information about these exhibitions as the dates get closer.
I am so excited to photograph this work and get it up on my site to share with all of you who cannot make it to the shows. I’m keeping it hidden away until my shows debut, but after that I can share online.
Thanks again for being here and reading about my work. I genuinely appreciate your interest and couldn’t do this without the support of my community, both locally and globally!