Random Color: "There’s something funny about hanging your heart out there and seeing what people think." –Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
I'm a very shy person.
No, really! Despite having a website and blog, an artist page on Facebook, and an Instagram account, all of which I post to regularly and frequently, I really am a very shy person. Timid. Bashful about expressing myself in public.
Nevertheless, as I have become more and more consumed with making art of one sort or another, the logical progression is to show that work in public. I've been doing that for a while now online, and I've gotten pretty comfortable sharing my work and my thoughts this way. But doing it in person, or in the flesh so to speak, is a bit different. Yes, for the last few years I've been doing the odd craft show or fair, and I've had a couple of exhibits at my local library, but it's been relatively small scale.
Last winter, however, I was contacted out of the blue by the Hartness Library at Vermont Technical College--a place where I have no personal ties or connections--and asked if I would like to display my work there this summer! And so yesterday, my husband and I packed up the car, headed down the highway to Randolph, and hung the exhibit.
The East Gallery is a perfect venue for the two Cloths of Resistance and the Made on Monday series. The gallery features a large, unobstructed white wall, perfect for the Cloths of Resistance to hang side by side--no small feat, as each Cloth is over 5' wide and about 4.5' high!
And there are two bricked corner areas that work well to display the Made on Monday pieces.
Most of the time, the Made on Mondays live in a carton in my office/studio, so it's always a thrill when I get to see them on the wall all together!
By the library desk, "Meandering" invites people to see the rest of the work in the East Gallery.
In three weeks, I'll return to install three more embroideries and a clutch of temari balls in a large display case. The exhibit runs through early October; if you're in the area, I hope you'll stop in and take a look!