I’m fond of the saying “go big or go home”. While I’m not always brave enough to “go big”, sometimes I find it necessary to take a risk and do something that’s scary to me. Personal and professional growth often happens when I’m willing to take that risk.
From the beginning I’ve believed there is an audience for my work in the city of Atlanta (vs. the suburbs only), but haven’t felt ready to show it there. If you asked me why, I would have given you a big list of reasons why the time wasn’t right. And many of them were valid. But, recently I felt a gentle nudge to make a stronger effort in letting my work be seen. And as I’ve learned in the past, it’s always best to act on that prompting, even though I don’t know the outcome. So, I applied for my first art show in Atlanta.
It is a juried show, meaning a panel of artist jurors looked at the applications and determined who would be accepted; applying didn’t mean automatic acceptance. After sending my application I second-guessed everything: did I submit the right jewelry pieces? Were the photos good enough? Would my work stand out from the other jewelry artists who applied?
Well, I’m glad to announce the jurors saw something special in my work, because I’ve been accepted as an exhibiting artist. 🙂 I can’t tell you how happy (and surprised) I was to receive the news. Showing my work in Atlanta has been a little dream in the corner of my mind. It’s amazing to know it will finally happen.
The show is the Piedmont Park Summer Arts & Crafts Festival held August 17-18, where I’ll be in the good company of other fellow artists. Details can be found here: http://www.piedmontparkartsfestival.com/