After running The Eclipse Gallery for the last couple years, we are closing our doors due to a variety of reasons, which mostly come down to the fact that Algoma just isn’t the right location for us. So, we are moving back to the Madison area (where my husband and I are both from). This feels like home to us, and also is a better market for the work that we do.
As a curator, I felt the need to curate independently — sticking to a set schedule in the same space was already starting to feel forced. I want to take more time to conceptualize exhibitions and find unique venues for them. In other words, I crave flexibility.
As an artist, I felt the need to create and market my own work — something I had hardly any time for, with all the other pressures of running a gallery and shop.
It seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life — this process of building up and tearing down. I have been doing this for the last ten years, and it has been a hell of a learning process. Even though it feels like I am once again starting over, I have discovered more about who I am as an artist and where I want to go with my career. And that is invaluable. If I wouldn’t have done the gallery, I would always be wondering if that was what I wanted. Now I know that it isn’t, and I can move forward.
It comes down to priorities. I just had another baby and I have two older kids as well. Being able to make their childhood magical is number one for me. Art isn’t the only thing I live for. For the last few years, I have been one-dimensional. It is time to embrace all aspects of what makes me who I am, and that is why I am concentrating on Hemm Handmade.
Hemm Handmade is about living an artful, sustainable, kid-friendly life. I started this blog where I post my art and craftwork, kid’s activities, great recipes, tips on green living, and about other things that interest me as an artist, mom, and earth-lover.
So I will still be blogging here about art and curating, blogging on Hemm Handmade, I will be listing on our Etsy, and doing art shows. We will be also be working on finding the perfect location for our new studio. And I may be taking on independent curating projects.