“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent van Gogh
Have you seen “Takes My Breath Away”, “Gentle Landing”, “Urban Textures”, “Golden Whispers” “Dream”, “Picnic Spot” or “Blooms in the Moonlight”? This is just a few of the pieces that you can see at the Solon Arts Center show.
Yesterday with the help of a friend we hung over 40 paintings at the Solon Center for the Arts on SOM Center Rd in Solon Ohio. This is a solo show and I am excited for this opportunity to be here with original artwork, prints, and boxed note cards. As always, 50% of my profit from the sale of my artwork is sent to Help Save the Kids, an organization my daughter works with that helps at-risk children on the Thailand/Burma Border. Although I opted not to have an official reception this time, I will be “hanging out” in the gallery a few days this month and I’ll post those times on my Facebook Page. Come and see me, or just stop in and come and view the pieces I chose for “Painted Expressions by Julie”.
The show is up through February 4th and they are open Monday-Saturday (M-Th 9-9, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-3) but check their website if you want more information. http://www.solonohio.org/257/Solon-Center-for-the-Arts
In late December, I entered the juried art show at Valley Art Center called “It’s Elemental: Fire and Water”. I had a piece accepted into the “It’s Elemental: Earth and Air” show last year and I was happy to find out that one of the entries I sent in caught the eye of the juror and will be in the show! The piece is called “Heatwave”. The opening reception is January 20th and runs until March 1st. For more info see their website at http://www.valleyartcenter.org/
Challenges, Changes, and Choices
As many of you know after the diagnosis of breast cancer this past July I have been on a three-week rotation of chemotherapy. I had my last round just before Christmas and am looking forward to feeling like “me” again. Like many who face cancer or another illness I also had many changes to deal with, some due to the chemotherapy side effects and some because I chose to make changes in my diet to help my body fight off this invader. I found though that one of the most important changes you can make or experience is a change in how you view what is going on with you and around you. I might not have control of what is happening but I do have control, at least for the most part on how I deal with it. It takes work and effort and but I found that it helped me out quite a bit. I learned that taking one step or one day at a time really helps on days you don’t feel well. Expressing your gratitude and finding things to be thankful for is not hard. I found out that it really is true that exercise helps beat “Chemo fatigue”. I was reminded that people praying or encouraging you in other way is a blessing and that gave me strength. I found out that when I smile at others and have a good attitude it helps put them at ease…..because sometimes people just don’t know how to respond. I have gained a new respect for medical staff. My medical team that has and will continue to care for me as I have more treatment has exceeded my expectation. I truly appreciate their kindness and ability.
I am excited about creating more art soon-what things are you looking forward to?
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”—Earl Nightingale