Friday, February 7, 2014

Puzzle Prints about to get a SOLO

Quiet = Busy!

Usually when I'm away from my web updating for a while it means that I'm too busy to sit. This has been the case this year already!
I have been a busy bee applying for grants, venues, residencies and other wonderful things.

I think the busy work behind the scenes is something that isn't very well liked by artists but this "hat" is so necessary to complete the circle of creating art. Indeed "sharing" art is the one concept that is not taught in schools, not emphasized by many artists and sometimes looked down upon. But when an artist decides to make art "for a living", sharing that art becomes paramount. Whether through sales, exhibits, festivals, workshops or many other venues, in my opinion sharing art truly completes the artist.

But it is a whole lot of busy work!

Puzzle Print #1

Puzzle Prints get a SOLO!

The Great Cairn!
This is indeed very exciting. I have been publishing venues where our beloved puzzles have been shown around the globe and have been seeking a venue where our creations can shine. Persistence pays off and this year, I am proud to announce:

 
 
The Las Vegas - Clark County Library District will show our exhibit entitled In Perfect Harmony, at the Sahara West Library Art Gallery from March 13th to May 4th 2014.
The Sahara West Library used to be the Las Vegas Art Museum and the venue, in the heart of West Las Vegas, could not be better for showing art! Address is
9600 West Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada
I am planning to frame all 14 panels from the original Puzzle Web, the Great Cairn, the City of the World and our latest Fantastic Garden. All together, with blocks by the side.

I have already ordered and received the frames and am in the process of dressing up our prints. Blocks will come next and some blogging and tooting along the way.

Grant Thank Yous

To help with expenses of framing and the opening bash, I received a Jackpot Grant from the Nevada Arts Council. Although many artists shy away from applying for grants and other available resources, I highly encourage the practice. Exhibits are expensive and often the venues don't yield a bunch of money for the artist, although the recognition gained is priceless.
Non-profit agencies channel available money from the National Endowment of the Arts and are thus able to help local artists with expenses and generally, encourage and aid artists in their professional development and career pursuits.
Thank you!

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.