ArtPrize 2010: We’re Off To A Fun Start

"A Full Taste of Happiness" by Laurie LeBreton

I’m backtracking here, but I want to note that Wednesday’s ArtPrize opening reception at the David D. Hunting YMCA was very nice. I would have posted about it sooner, but my Internet service was knocked out by Mother Nature for a couple days. I’ve also been busy soaking up inspiration at ArtPrize with out-of-town guests. So fun!

The curator at the YMCA did a great job setting up the venue and made all the artists look good. (Thank you, Molly!) It was strange to stand around looking at people looking at my quilts, but I’m a firm believer in stepping out of one’s comfort zone as often as possible. Fortunately, the people who came to the reception were very kind and many even indulged me when I launched into my high-speed spiel about the joys of English paper piecing. I was thrilled to see people picking up the sample packs I’m giving away at the venue courtesy of my favorite supplier. (Thanks again!)

I’ve never had my art displayed in a show this big, so this is a new experience. And it meant a lot to see some familiar faces in the crowd.

"Cow" by Kaitlyn Peil

I was blown away by the other artists showing work at the venue. From ornate beaded necklaces to paper cranes, paintings, a tea bag mosaic, pastels, sewn paper, an abstract wood installation and even a cow made out of plastic cows, I was impressed by the diversity and talent showcased at the venue and humbled by the creative company I’m in. Read more about the YMCA venue offerings here.

"Tranquilitea" by Peggy Kerwan

Wednesday’s reception was educational in many regards. While I have a lot to learn about showing art, I’m already looking forward to starting some new completely independent work. That’s the inspiring beauty of ArtPrize. Seeing all the art makes you want to go make more of your own. You really need to check out this event if you haven’t yet. You won’t be disappointed. Where else can you see the work of more 1,700 artists within 3 square miles for free?

A very special thanks to WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five” team for doing a piece about my ArtPrize entry. While it was strange to be on TV without the security of my craft table, I appreciate the opportunity they gave me to tell the story behind the quilts that were created to raise money for Safe Haven Ministries, a domestic violence agency based in West Michigan. Below is the TV clip if  you want to check it out.

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