As the Year Closes...
I haven’t wrote in a while, so I thought I would sum up my year and let you know my future plans. 2017 has been a busy year for me, working full time and trying to get my art career off the ground. It’s my second full year of creating driftwood projects and thought I would give you a few statistics. I’ve created 54 sculptures, won 3 first Place People’s choice awards, one top prize of Thriving Artist, one second place award, and a 3rd place innovation award, awarded one grant and one scholarship, I’ve sold 26 sculptures, been in Square Canada’s blog, and many many other smaller accomplishments.
Last month ARABELLA magazine showed some interest in my work and had me answer an intense interview, I was so excited to be considered for such a prestigious magazine, but now I’m a little down, I haven’t heard a word from them since! But i will still stay positive!
I will wrap up my year by submitting my applications for the next years art shows. I plan to apply for Pelham art festival, Toronto’s outdoor art fair, and Carmel art and music festival. Each application is a gruelling long process of essay questions and finicky photo guidelines. I plan to start this next week.
Lastly, I would like to hint to you about an exciting new style that I plan to unveil next year! I am so excited to do my first proto type, which is next on my list of projects. So far I have scoured the internet and I am almost sure that not one person has done this with their driftwood sculptures. It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s clean, and I hope to get it out there and be known for it, before anyone steals my idea! I’ve had a few people copy some of my sculptures and state that it was their “original idea”. Makes me so angry! I’ve even had people repost my stuff on Instagram making it look like they created the sculptures! I’m at a loss on how to stop these people. I guess it’s the ultimate compliment, but it’s so hard for me to look at it that way.
I’m hoping that next year will prove to be just as successful as my first two years. As forge forward, know that I appreciate everyone’s support and help of sharing my work with the world!
Hoping I see everyone's smiling face!
Last year I was invited to join the team at the Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival! It's been a year of planning for this exciting event! The event will take place from Friday September 15th to the Sunday the 17th at Firemen's park in Niagara Falls. Hope that everyone can take an hour out of their busy schedule to have some fun with us! Entrance fee for Saturday and Sunday is 5 dollars! Just 5 dollars! And children under 12 are Free!
I will be building a driftwood sculpture in the Kid's Zone, on the Saturday and Sunday. Children of all ages can paint a piece of driftwood with any design and sign their name!!! This unique piece will be added into the sculpture right in front of your eyes! Your name may live on to be famous or firewood! Lol
This finished sculpture will then be transported to the Niagara Falls Museum and auctioned off at a "Night Of Art" the following Thursday. All the proceeds from this auctioned off sculpture will be redonated back to the Niagara Arts Showcase!
So many exciting artists will perform and have their work on display. Come visit or even donate your time to a very meaningful event. Help keep the culture alive in the area!
The three day Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival kicks off with an Artist’s Soiree on Friday September 15th, 2017 at 7pm to 11pm. It provides the public the first viewing of the festival’s talent. You uthor and award-winning broadcaster who was a popular VJ on MuchMusic and special assignment reporter for The NewMusic. He will be MC’ing and promoting his new book throughout the festival.
The festival rolls out Saturday September 16th, 2017 at 9am to 6pm and Sunday September 17th, 2017 at 9am to 4pm, with indoor and outdoor exhibitions of fine art in a variety of mediums and sain or shine.
June 4th to June 9th SEAWAY MALL
Rose Festival Art Fair kicks off on Sunday the 4th. I'll be at Seaway Mall in Welland with a couple of my bigger pieces to wow the crowd. I would love if everyone could try to come out to the mall and vote for your favorite artist...ME lol.
For those of my followers that don't know, I work full time at Fallsview casino resort. I've been juggling both careers for 2 years now and have been the busiest bee imaginable. I work Swing Shift 615pm to 245am. I've pretty much been on this shift for 20 years! I've just recently had the opportunity to go to a day shift, and took it! What a life changing event. My new shift starts June 11th. I'm a little worried about getting up in the morning, I've been sleeping in for 20 years! I'm hoping that my art will increasingly subsidize my wages at the casino, and I will no longer need to work full time. Since things are starting to progress with my art, I feel day shift will be a lighter work load for me and I'll have more time for my drfitwood passion!
And speaking of work... a few of you may have noticed I was recognized on the COOL SIGNS. I had a small interview at work, due to one of my supervisors letting the 'cat out of the bag' to HR about my People's Choice Award at the One of a Kind Show. I'm also on the casino's Instagram, Facebook, and NCLinked. Great People of Niagara Casinos is a program at the Niagara Casinos to try and get to know your work mates. It's really not a big deal. Anyone can get on the COOL SIGNS just for being nice to a customer.
So come out next week and help me land the title of People's Choice at the Seaway Mall in Welland!
The Mermaid it to her Destination!
I received awesome news today... the mermaid arrived safe and sound, not a loose piece of wood to be found! I pondered for weeks on how I was going to ship the super fragile sculpture half way across the USA, and decided to plastic wrap the entire sculpture tightly. Used bubble wrap between her Medusa hair. Then used ratchet tie downs to hold her firmly to the crate. SUCCESS!
Today I also finished MONTY, the driftwood lion. He's already to go see his new mommy and daddy!
I also sold my wall mounted driftwood horse bust to a western style restaurant. I need to do a few details like waterproofing him before he's delivered.
I started my next sculpture MOROCCO, And yes, another lion! He's to go to the same destination as the mermaid. So I'm super glad that my method of shipping is good, I want MOROCCO to make the trip with the same luck!
This week I'll will also be filling out my application for the Welland rose festival art show. Come out and support me at Seaway Mall. Last year I won first place, People's Choice. I'm hoping, praying and wishing to nab that title again!
I've got commissions up to the end of June. So if your thinking you might want a sculpture for summer, put your order in now!!
Back in Town, Safe and Sound!
My five days at the ONE OF A KIND SHOW was a success!! Started right out of the gates with the sale of my MERMAID (Tina Leah) and a LION commision. Saturday was booming! Another great day, selling 3 more sculptures!
Not only did I break my financial goal, I also made so many promising connections. I feel that I have made some serious ground, and am well on my way to making some humongous advances in my career. Seems surreal!
I really have to take a minute to thank some very special people! Without their help this all wouldn't be possible! My husband Dave and son, Darius, Hannah, Dan, PJ, Andrea, and last but not least, Nicole! Everyone donated their time without question, and I am truly greatful for them! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Also I would like to thank everyone that came out to support me! It truly touched my heart!
I feel I am well on my way! Watch out ART WORLD!
Do or Die, Smile or Cry!
This is it, no turning back now!
So I'm finally ready. Months of sculpture building, booth preparing, and spinning ideas within my brain! Booking rooms, hydro, parking, sewing drapes, planning meals. Recruiting help, ordering prints and signs. And that isn't even the half of it.
I was late on booking a uhaul truck because I wasn't given a 'move in' date for the show until early March. Called for a uhaul and they had Nothing! PANIC MODE! Everyone that had boughten a house in the Niagara region was moving that same week! I wanted to rent the biggest truck, 26 feet, for one week. I had to settle for a 17 foot (only 14 feet inside) for two days! I've had to stream line my booth tremendously with last minute down sizing on everything! No hard walls in my booth now, only curtains. Can't bring some of my larger sculptures. But who knows, once I get the truck in the driveway, I might have to eliminate more bulk! Everyone cross their fingers for me that I have enough space for everything I have planned on bringing.
So just a last reminder that you can buy discounted tickets on my website here:
Hope to see everyone there!
Count down till show time!
You are looking at one of my first sculptures made in 2015. Gonzo is one of my favourites. This week counting down to the ONE OF A KIND SHOW... I gave Gonzo a 15 hour upgrade. If you have been following me, Gonzo had visible screws over his entire body. I have evolved the process into a unique method of screw concealment. It was a bit tricky to revise Gonzo since I was unable to use my method properly. But after the pain stakingly make shift process, he's a new stream lined version of the old!
So Gonzo will be representing my outdoor sculpture category. Since my booth is only 10x20 I have to limit the amount of large sculptures going to the show. TINA LEAH, the driftwood mermaid will be my giant WOW FACTOR, at my booth. With her exotic ostrich plumage and her intense intricate shell work, she will WOW and bring in the customers!
My booth will be located at M4. If you make it to the show, stop by and have a look. Maybe even lend a hand! Or keep us company. During the 11 hour days we will welcome a new friendly face!!
My helpers for the event are as follows:
Set up: Dave, Darius
March 29: Dan, PJ
March 30: Dan
March 31: Dan
April 1: Andrea, Nicole
April 2: Nicole
Tear Down: Dave, Darius
I am so thankful for these people for stepping up and helping during this long stay in Toronto!
We will be staying at the posh Hilton Garden Inn! High style living for this dream event!
Hope to see you all at the Show!
Get promo codes and a discount from my events page:
I'm still here, buried in wood!
Sorry I haven't written a blog in a while. I know it's no excuse, but I've been extremely busy building and preparing for the ONE OF A KIND SHOW. For those of you that don't know...it's a Toronto artisan show, taking place from March 29th to April 2nd, at the Exhibition Place, Enercare Center. You can find promo codes on my EVENTS PAGE for tickets to come!
This show is a pretty prestigious thing! My art application went through a jury to be able to show at this special event. I also won the NEW ARTISAN SCHOLARSHIP that was just over 2 Grand! So I'm pretty excited, to say the least!
I've been building a lot of new stuff that hasn't been posted on either my website or Facebook. So a lot of you probably think that I have dropped off the map. I wanted this show to have a huge impact, so all the new items will be posted on my website after the show!
I hope to see you all there!
So people have been contacting me, wondering which booth number I am at the Christmas ONE OF A KIND SHOW. Answer: Wrong show. I'm scheduled to be at the SPRING One of a Kind Show. March 29th to April 2nd.
I went on Tuesday for a booth building orientation at the Enercare centre building, and got to see the Christmas Show in mid construction. The building where the show is hosted is a monster! Holding over 800 One of a Kind Artisans! It was a bit intimidating! The booths were amazing! Unbelieveable creative work! Nervous to think that will be me in March!!!
I got some great ideas for my booth. And some of my ideas weren't even used, So my booth and my art will be original and One of a Kind!
Hoping everyone will have a chance to come out and see me, maybe even lend a hand while your there!
After booth building me and my husband wandered down to the Ripley's aquarium. Here's my favourite photo of the day:
This must be my week!! ONE OF A KIND HERE I COME!
I just received a phone call from Toronto... I've been selected, by a jury, to exhibit in the ONE OF A KIND SHOW, featuring one of a kind items in CANADA!!! Sooooo excited!!!
Not only that, I've qualified for the NEW ARTISAN SCHOLARSHIP, alleviating 50 percent of my booth cost. This is HUGE!!! When my booth was going to cost around $5,000!!!
The ONE OF A KIND SHOW will be in March 2017. Please mark a day on the calendar to come see me in TORONTO!!!
"Art is a personal thing. When you invest in a piece of art, you buy a piece of that artist. The artist knows every curve, every stroke, every tiny detail in the creation of each piece. Each creation puts a personal intimate part of that artist on display for the whole world to see"