Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, May 21, 2017

"I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent." -- Dame Edith Sitwell

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, May 14, 2017

"Only mothers can think of the future, because they gave birth to it in their children." -- Maxim Gorky

Monday, May 8, 2017

You Meet the Nicest People at an Arts and Crafts Show

If you're fed up with the climate of anger and hostility that seems to permeate our world today, and want to retreat from it all, may I suggest you attend an arts and crafts show? It has been said more than once that artsy people are exceptionally nice people...and I couldn't agree more!

Artists tend to be gentle-natured souls who strive in their own ways to make our planet a more beautiful, peaceful, happier place. (Sure, there are some whose temperaments and work are abrasive, but you rarely encounter them in this type of venue.) If surrounding yourself with upbeat people in a fun environment sounds better than watching talking heads duke it out on TV, hang out with artists. You'll come away feeling like there might be hope for humanity after all.

The artists I met this past Saturday at ARTucker exemplified the warmth, caring and generosity that characterizes the creative community. I didn't have a whole lot of time to make the rounds and meet everyone (setting up my display was more time consuming than I had anticipated) but those I did meet were truly delightful. One of these was Louanna Petti, whose booth was across the aisle from mine. We had a nice chat and found we had much in common. 

Just before the show closed, Louanna presented me with this adorable little watercolor painting she had made during the show of my jewelry display:

©2017 Louanna Petti

How sweet is that?!! I was so surpised and touched and appreciative of her thoughtfulness!

Throughout the process of setting up and taking down and everything in between, I couldn't help but notice how everyone went out of their way to help one another, holding doors open for those lugging gridwalls and boxes, and offering to carry stuff for others when they appeared to be struggling.

Paul Bamford, the pastel artist whose booth was adjacent to mine, had brought in a large cloth backdrop the morning of the show to conceal the unattractive wall behind our booths. He was so polite in asking if this was okay with me and of course it was, as the solid color backdrop he'd brought made my display really "pop." I was more than glad for the fine job it did concealing the wall, and gladder still that he didn't break any bones while climbing up to install it. 

I didn't get a chance to thank him before he departed (his display was a much faster take down than mine, and he was out the door in a flash at the show's end) so I offer my thanks here: Paul Bamford, you're a prince!

But it wasn't just artists helping fellow artists. Many visitors to my booth were equally helpful by sharing their opinions and observations about fashion trends and what they did or didn't find useful in choosing wardrobe accessories. One lady gave me a great idea for future necklace designs that I never would have thought of -- a priceless gift I can't wait to act upon. It's interactions like these that make all the trouble, work and effort of doing a show so worthwhile. And they reinforce my belief that artists and people who enjoy art are the very nicest people in the world!

©2017 Lynn Edwards


Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, May 7, 2017

"Art is the fulfillment of things dreamed." -- Gerald Mills

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Thought for Sunday, April 30, 2017

"When we know how to be at peace, we find that art is a wonderful way to share our peacefulness."-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Now Showing....

This month has been a whirlwind of activity, including the honor of having two of my new "Dust Bowl Series" pieces accepted into the Booth Western Art Museum's annual Guild Juried Exhibition!
Both are mixed media works on gallery wrap canvas:

"Dust Bowl Series: Cimarron County" mixed media on 30x24" canvas ©2017 Lynn Edwards

"Dust Bowl Series: Abandoned" mixed media on 36x12" canvas ©2017 Lynn Edwards
The exhibition opens May 16 and runs through August 20, with the opening reception on May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. At 120,000 square feet, the Booth Western Art Museum is the largest museum in the U.S. dedicated to Western art and is also a Smithsonian affiliate. It's located just north of Atlanta at 501 Museum Dr, Cartersville GA 30120. For info call 770-387-1300.

Also, I'll be one of 50 artists participating in next month's ARTucker, a marketplace celebrating local artists and their hand made creations on Saturday, May 6. This twice-yearly event is held indoors at the Tucker (GA) Recreation Center. Hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and admission is free. I'll be showing my hand painted jewelry and original art greeting cards. I'll also be debuting my new line of clip on earrings at ARTucker. (These are NOT your grandma's clip ons! They're fun and funky with a Boho twist. Each pair is one-of-a-kind and just right for pairing with casual wear. I've included a photo of one pair below.) So if you're in the metro Atlanta area, come to ARTucker on May 6 and join in the fun! Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Rd., Tucker GA 30084.

A pair of clip on earrings from my new clip on collection  ©2017 Lynn Edwards  

Text and images ©2017 Lynn Edwards

A Thought for Sunday, April 23, 2017

"The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves." -- Logan Pearsall Smith