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Blowing my Horn

One of the hardest things for me as an artist is talking about myself. (I know some folks who don’t believe this and think I talk about myself all the time… but, that’s another issue). But when something big really happens, it is somehow difficult to actually do that self-promotion thing that needs to be done.

So, that said, I’m absolutely chuffed to announce that on Friday I was honored twice for my pastel work.

The first was being awarded an Honorable Mention at the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society Exhibition at the Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen. Our judge was none other than the esteemed President of the International Association of Pastel Societies, Liz Haywood-Sullivan. She was in town at the behest of MAPS to teach a four day pastel workshop on Skies and Water. I took the workshop and it is a whole other blog post or two, so stay tuned on that.

The caliber of the work at the MAPS show is outstanding. Virginia (all of the Mid-Atlantic for that matter) has a depth of talent in pastel that is just amazing to me. When I learned I had won Honorable Mention I was literally tingling.

If you can, please go by and see this show. It will be up until March 26, 2017.

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Pizza Sauce Futures

But my day did not end there. Betsy Kellum came into the show and I was hovering because she is one my favorite pastel artists… I guess I was sort of being a groupie and I just need to admit it and beg for her autograph next time I see her… and I heard her tell someone that she had a painting accepted into the 30th IAPS Juried Exhibition to be displayed in Alburquque, NM this summer during the 2017 IAPS Convention. This is a huge deal and she was congratulated by all who were within earshot.

 

I sort of sighed a little because I had also entered a piece (the same painting that had won the Honorable Mention) and I knew I was probably going to find I had another rejection letter. There was no way I could have been accepted against the likes of Betsy.

Then, later that evening, I figured out how to fiddle with my phone and go look up where the announcements for acceptance/rejection were posted and my mind was blown!

I got in!

Yep, Pizza Sauce Futures has been accepted into the 30th IAPS Juried Exhibition!

Thankfully, the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center folks are wonderful people and put a little red dot on my painting so it would not be inadvertently sold before the end of the show.

 

 

 

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