Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014

As I pondered 2014, it occurred to me that the best way to describe it is as a year of opportunities.

  

















While my little urchins were taking ski lessons on Saturdays last January and February, I ventured into New York to see exhibitions. 
(Left - Richard Serra Intervals, 2013, weatherproof steel, 24 plates. Right - Li Hongbo's Tools of Study at Klein Sun Gallery on right)


March brought about the first Stitching Summit which was a gathering of Christine Mauersberger, Erin Endicott Daniels, Kelly McKaig, Lotta Helleberg and myself. What a joyful and exquisite time we had together in a old farmhouse full of charm and creaks in southern New Jersey.


Mother Nature even gifted us with a snow day which cancelled flights and extended our stay just one more day.


April found me doing art math equations where 1 = 2 = 9 + 1


May brought the 5th Annual Artist Retreat at Pam's house. Wanting to play and experiment, we chose paper as our medium and mark making as our technique for the week. At the end, we'd collaborated on 10 or 12 journals.


In June, I continued the mark making began at Pam's.


July brought about a trip to Cleveland where Lotta, Christine and I gathered





 


















to take Velma's and Aimee's paper making class at the Morgan.


August was a time for family, the winding down of summer and preparing for the new school year.


September had Pam and I meeting in Charlotte, NC for the opening of Alchemy of Tea, an exhibition of tea inspired art that I was lucky to be included in. The photo on the right is a shot that Pam took of yours truly during the artist talk.


A whirlwind trip to Santa Fe and caring for my Grace with her broken arm were October's offerings. 


Since returning from Santa Fe, studio time has been hit or miss. More miss than hit it feels, especially with the holiday season following on October's heels as it always does.

It was fun to look back over 2014 and realize that it really was a blessed year even with the little bumps that life threw our way there near the end. 2015 promises to offer even more opportunities for gathering with friends and expanding my art. More about those in another post...

22 comments:

  1. What a lovely year and one I was glad to be part of twice in person. May 2015 bring continued success in art, love, and life. xo C

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    1. The same to you my dear! We've got to schedule another stitching summit. Perhaps a return to New Jersey this March?

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  2. As a new visitor to your blog, I very much appreciated the overview of your year ... and will follow you through 2015

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    1. Welcome Liz! I'm glad you found your way here and that you are looking forward to sharing 2015 with me. Enjoy!

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  3. Enjoyed the review, always amazing to pull events together like that! I look forward to another year of sharing adventures and art with you. :)

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    1. It's always amazing to look back and see what was experienced and accomplished. I'm so happy that you are part of my life and were there to share it.

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  4. your year was something rich and varied...i know i thoroughly enjoyed my bit of hanging out with you. may the riches continue!

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    1. Thank you Velma! It was so wonderful to meet you and get to visit. Perhaps one day we'll meet in the middle somewhere to visit again... Enjoy!

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  5. when you put it all together like that its really quite something to look back over isn't it.... the years just whiz by.... its nice to take stock and see what's happened

    here's to a wonderful 2015 for everyone xx

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    1. It is, indeed, something to look back over. I'd started to not do a "the year in review" post, but once I started looking through the months, 2014 turned into a very good year.

      Wishing you and yours a fantastic 2015!

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  6. What a lovely way to review a fascinating year - and so much beautiful work ... Here's to more in 2015!

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    1. Thank you! Wishing the same for you!

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  7. thank you so much for doing this review J - I just loved being reminded of the places and the people you shared art-time with this year and the gorgeous things you made (and oh my Richard Serra whisked me straight back to NYC and sighing over and over again). There were some beautiful highlights and tantalising glimpses - love the shot of you at Alchemy - but all the possibilities and beautiful moments - a grand year indeed. hoping 2015 offers opportunities +++!!!

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    1. Thank you for being there to share it all with Fiona...even from such a distance. 2014 was a wonderful year of opportunities offered and accepted. 2015 promises to be the same. Here's to a wonderful year of saying yes to what life offers!

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  8. A lovely review and so much gorgeous work.

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  9. Hi J - isn't not fun to look back over the year and to discover just how much you created and saw - a lovely reminder of the art life we live - how fortunate. May 2015 be a rewarding art year. Peace and creativity. B

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    1. It is, indeed, fun to look back over the year and realize all the good fortune that I had. Between trips and visits and creating, it was an exquisite year. May 2015 be an exquisite year for you and Fiona.

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  10. I also love to review one year before moving on to the next. You clearly had many incredible experiences in 2014. I wish many more for you in 2015!

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    1. What is it about making a list of a year's events that makes them seem more real or special? Simply seeing them listed? 2014 was a wonderful year and 2015 holds the same promise. Wishing you an incredible year!

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  11. What a wonderful look at your year past... so much success and wonder and beautiful works... wishing you more of the same in 2015.

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    1. Thank you so much Donna! It's always fun to take a look back and see what was accomplished...and what's still on the wish list. Wishing you continued success and a very creative and peace filled year!

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