I am changing these postings to reflect my work of the moment, and to offer some back story on work of the past. In January, the store remains closed except by appointment, and I turn my efforts to creating work for an upcoming show of Flags in February at the Nook.
It has been an up and down year in my life and in my little gallery, one in which I have been assessing the dirction in which to go and renewing my commitment to making the art that means the most to me. I have not put the energy into finding guest artists as much as I have in previous years, hence the lack of postings on my web page in recent months.
This past year, my marriage ended; I found creative explosions with a group of fellow women who are artists, writers and performers as Exploded View; our all-female band, She Said, found a home for performances at the new Underdogs Lounge in Shelburne Falls; my youngest son suddenly changed direction and landed back at home to start his first year of college; opened myself up to working through more shame and doubt musically by joining a bjam band class and playing with a few ukelele folks; I started hosting travellers in my home as an Airbnb; and I have renewed and strengthened the bonds of friendship with a wide variety of people.
I stopped taking Wellbutrin and my hormone supplements a year ago, and wonder if these changes are related, and if such substances which we believe allow us to feel normal, are only allowing us to endure. Which can be a good thing, if chnage is impossible, but I opened my mind to change, painful as it was. I am without doubt, much *older* than I used to be, and am allowing myself to be middle aged as much as I can, in trying to forgive this old body for it;s sagging and wrinkling, etc. Since I rarely appreciated my looks when I was younger, this doesn't feel taht hard to do! haha. As usual, I reveal too much to these Internets.
And here, I reveal almost all in my participation in Anja Shutz's brilliant #grabhimbytheballot project!