OK, it's starting!
I have my studio back and reorganized. The frames and canvases are sorted into a better location and my paints and tools are ready to use. There were even some great hidden finds - a dozen black 8x10 frames for a long forgotten project, ready-to-use Ampersand boards for oil and even for watercolour. These will give me a head start as they need no prep days. I stocked up on full sheets of watercolour paper in case I need a little practice painting large before committing to big oil paintings.
2020 A new year, with new opportunities:
- The Nicola Valley Community Arts Council has a great new Board of Directors and I am now "Past President" with a 'consultant' role so I can use my experience to help them with the rough spots.
- I now have time for the NVCAC projects that have been on the back burner - like a revival of the Valley Visual Artists as a way to develop local art talent and support the existence of the community art gallery.
- I can use the NVCAC resources to help new artists get started with workshops, hopefully building the clientele for other instructors and future programs beyond the beginner levels in many media.
- I can get my own art going again - reclaiming the spare room for my studio and reclaiming my time for painting.
- I can connect again with the artists who got me started and those who keep me going, find some advanced workshops and other sources of inspiration.
I am soooo looking forward to jumping back in to ART!
Valley Visual Artists
Merritt once had a local art group called "Valley Visual Artists." They painted together regularly, organized annual art shows and hosted art workshops. It faded away, but never really disappeared. Maybe the VVA will rise again...