Moving Beyond Adrift
An Update on Open Studios and Adrift Gallery
For those of you who follow me, you know last week-end was Open Studios for Sedona Visual Arts. It sounded like the number of visitors all over the area were fewer than usual. For me, it meant I had several periods of three or four hours with nobody coming in at all.
Those who did come visit, however, were quite impressed with the level of my art. More than one visitor remarked, “Wow! This is art in here!” At the same time nobody was coming to view my art, I had four people stop in to see if the wood in front of my studio was for sale. It dawned on me! Adrift and desert woods is the old Ann, the one who began awkwardly attaching lovely woods to Alabaster with paper mache about four years ago.
Just before Open Studios I made the difficult decision to give up with keeping cats in my studio. Now I am going to drag the wood which decorates my storefront to the back yard. I am searching for a new name to reflect the fact that my gallery is a true art gallery. I am installing more light so people can see my art from the outside. I am placing some of my favorite pieces in my front window so passers-by will be enticed to enter my studio.
My art will be in two libraries this summer. Beginning next week my pieces “To Restore Their Dreams” and some of my wall hangings will be in the Camp Verde Library. Within a month or so I will have pieces in the Clark Memorial Library. And I am looking for more locations in the local area as well.
I began my Adrift phase with the promise of a poem for each piece. that did not work out. I had a hard time trying to figure out what to say about each piece of wood, and it became easier to skip the spontaneous gesture of writing a poem for each customer at the time my pieces were purchased. Now, as I move onto more serious art, and there is a story/poem in each large piece I make, I will be attaching poems to many of them. And anyone who purchases one without a poem can, by merely asking, get an original, one-time, short poem.
I appreciate each of you, and your support. Keep watching and supporting me. Changes are coming! At the moment I am working on my Hebrew word wall hangings and on larger stand-alone pieces. Each Hebrew word hanging does not hang on my wall until I have a poem for it. As I move on with my “re-branding” I am looking for a name, or for second line with my name, that will reflect my word-art with my visual art!
"With all the beauty surrounding me here above the Verde Valley, how could I not create more beauty?"