Thank you 2017!

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” -Frederick Kooning

2017 has been amazing! I took a 3 month long online class with over 200 students taught by Nicholas Wilton.  We have all become close through a (closed) FB group. It’s great place to share art-talk with like minds. I’ve gotten ‘deeper’ into my painting and it’s brought some interesting & exciting news.

My year starts (January 29 – February 3) with a group show in Atlanta, Spotlight On Art.  It’s by invitation and my second year for doing it. It started as a small fundraiser in 1982 and has grown to include over 350 artists with exhibitions that showcase new, original works by well-known and emerging artists.

I entered a juried show Artfields and out of over 900 entries, I was one of the 400 who was selected! WOOT! It’s an interesting concept – once you are juried in, your work is voted on by the residents of the town (Lake City, SC) with winners receiving cash prizes. The show gets the entire town involved and takes place April 20 -28, 2018.

The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association and Art Center in Blue Ridge GA invited me to showcase my work during an exhibit of Contemporary Folk Art with nine other folk artists. The dates for this show are July 28-August 25, 2018.

These are wonderful opportunities to get my work out in to the world, meet other artists and see their work too. Inspiration at it’s best!

It’s so difficult for me to work in my studio at the same level during the holidays, because my thoughts are so scattered. When there’s too much activity around me, I go in to ‘multi-task-mode’ and just spin madly from one thing to another. I wish I could just shut my studio door and know that I will be back in January. But I need my hours in the studio. It’s where I find balance for moving through the rest of my life, so I’ve sketched quite a bit and done ‘busy-work.’ I did find the time to put together my annual slide show of my work created in 2017. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

Here’s the link – Artwork 2017

“Art is not just ornamental, an enhancement of life. It is a path in itself – a way out of the predictable and conventional – a map to self discovery.” -Gabrielle Roth

About Judy Shreve

Blogging for me is like keeping a journal which I have done in various forms since I can remember. But what's great about this format is it offers an opportunity to explore all the things that interest me as an artist with others. Blogging seems to strengthen that sense of being part of both something personal and something universal. It takes the journaling idea and expands it through visitor's comments creating a valuable dialog that connects us to each other no matter where we live. I enjoy responding to each comment and warmly welcome your visits. email: judyshreve at mac dot com
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