Ready to party?                   Note to self: More beer.

Coming together- Spring at Last (detail- acrylic, spray paint on canvas
with Fork in the Road, one of my net sculptures and dahlias from
my garden.

That’s the sort of aha moments I am having these days as I prepare for my Open House/Studio Party on Saturday, September 20th.  Last year’s event was a preview before I delivered my new work up to NJ for Catching Up Exhibition with photographer Catherine Hartigan. It was a wonderful get together- art, food, conversation and enjoying a beautiful September evening. One of my favorite months.

Come check out one of my favorite places, right in my own backyard
I love when people from one part of my life, connect with another, I feel like they should all know and love each other. Often, they do. And I love lists, well let’s just say I NEED Lists. I am making my lists, checking them twice, remembering that last year I had plenty of wine and not enough beer.
Getting ready to hang
Putting an isolation coat on a new painting:
Waterfall, 30″ x 40″, acrylic on linen.

 These are my lists that I have going:
Get the Word Out– Emails, Social Media, Word of Mouth
Get the Work Ready– Finish any unfinished pieces- sign, frame, hang, etc.
Get the House Ready– Get the outside cleaned up (the pile of leftover mulch that has been sitting in my driveway since May or June is now completely gone-  yes!) Spackle and paint – the Terracotta Wall in my Koi room looks so good, ready to hang. That always feels great.
Menu and paper goods- that’s always fun, and this year some friends have offered to help, thank you thank you.
and then there are things like-
List of Works with descriptions and Prices so I can let my guest also know about something new I am doing this year at the party.

My earlier work (think Pre- Koi) will be offered at special prices (such a deal!) in my downstairs studio so people will have an opportunity to see and buy work from other series like my crows, Shoe Portraits, Body as an Open Book, art prints from our Butterfly Kisses Book and more.

Butterfly Kiss
from Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you lovehas cancer… a hopeful, helpful book for kids
Archival art print
16″ x 20″
And… I have some exciting news that I will be sharing with my guests at the party.
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