Opportunities, Growth, and Smiles

Opportunities, Growth, and Smiles

Wow…. May came and went and we are into June already! It’s been interesting and at times, a bit overwhelming but it’s been a learning experience and with each of those I think I’m growing not only in my art but as a person.

I was called early in May and asked if I would share “art and my story” and some of what I do with middle school students in Chardon, Ohio. I knew this was a door that opened and I knew that although I’ve never done anything like this before-this was something I needed to say “yes” too. I spoke to classes from 7:30-2:30 and yes, I was tired when I was done. But, I was glad I went and shared. I prepared my first power-point presentation, and I tried to make the “class” interactive.  I hope that I encouraged the students to enjoy being creative-and not to try and fit into another person’s idea of what a creativity is. I spoke to them about how all of us have creativity in us-we just need to enjoy the process of finding out what type we might have-as it’s all very different from someone else’s.  And I showed them many photos of my work and even did a couple short demos. I spoke from my Heart-I paint from my heart. I was able to share the reason I paint and how the sale of my work helps at-risk children in Thailand. (Through Help Save the Kids)

      Chardon Middle school 1 - Copy      Chardon Middle school 11 - Copy


I entered a couple juried shows and was so happy to get into Fairmount Art Center with 2 pieces. One in the painting category and one in the 3D category. That show runs through June 9th.  Lesson learned: Keep trying…keep making art…

The other exciting event is still going on in the Little Italy neighborhood of Cleveland. Each year they have an art walk on the first weekend in June. I was honored to be part of this as the featured artist in the shop/gallery Moonstruck CLE. The owner and I had met a couple years ago when we both showed our art in a local coffee shop in South Euclid. We have kept in contact and she invited me to be in her store for the month of June.  The reception was this past weekend and the art walk drew many people into the gallery!  My art will be at Moonstruck CLE until the end of June-there are originals there as well as prints and boxed note cards. If you’d like to check out the store, visit the website and check their hours. http://moonstruckcle.com/  The owner is a photographer and has her own work there as well as many unique items that are memories from the past and just fun to look at.  At the end of the night, Elisa took out her camera and here is a little peak of that evening.


               little italy moonstruck photo 2    Little Italy postcard (2)

 Little Italy Moonstruck  Little Italy moonstruck front window



“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

“Creativity takes courage” Henri Matisse




8 thoughts on “Opportunities, Growth, and Smiles”

  1. Awesome art and LOVE the school story!
    Enjoying your pieces on show here at Fairmount Center for the Arts.

  2. So exciting! Thanks for sharing your story! So inspiring to see what God’s doing in and through you as you open your heart! xxxxxx

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