I have to admit I do enjoy organizing events, even though it puts a stress on my brain. Right now, though, I am juggling three major events at once, and my fear of forgetting something is causing me to lose sleep!
Tonight is the first public event organized by the Julio Cepeda Exhibition 2018 Committee. This is a group my husband and I started after seeing the art of Julio Cepeda in Cuba when we visited there last year. I could instantly visualize an exhibition of his art at GoggleWorks Art Center in Reading, PA, and also visualize how making that happen could build bridges between Cuba and Reading, and within Reading itself.
We left our contact info with the gallery, and Julio contacted us. After I explained our idea, he was very enthusiastic about doing an exhibition. We talked with the art director of GoggleWorks, and started recruiting our friends, and friends of friends to the effort. Within a few months Julio had a contract for a show (Sept 8 to Oct 12 2018), we had a bank account, a Facebook Page and a website. Our committee now consists of about 10 or so active people who meet every month, and tonight will be a fundraising mixer. I’m excited and, yes, nervous!
Then the next night is an opening at Art Plus Gallery. Nothing new there — happens every second Friday of every month. But this time I’m the Featured Member artist. My art quilts are paired with a fabulous ceramic artist named Angela Shope. Even when I look at our work together, I concentrate on hers! I’m pretty sure everyone else will too, though, to be honest, they do go well together. So — I have butterflies about that event as well.
Then on Sunday we are hosting a fundraising event for the Reading Symphony Orchestra, “Art in the Garden.” We’ve been weeding like crazy, but we can’t keep up. We’ll just have our garden and studio looking the best we can, and try to relax.
Thank goodness, the next week we are going on vacation.
But of course that means more things to remember! My method is, and has always been, to make lists and check things off.
Feels so good to make that check mark!
Event card for fundraising mixer tonight
Michele Bryne Hot Cars on a Cool Cuban Day, giclee print in silent auction tonight
Our patio waiting for visitors!
Angela Shope and art quilts by Martha Ressler
Ceramics by Angela Shope
Angela and me
Julio Cepeda, The Aviator, found object assemblage, approx 16 x 20″