New new newness and getting back to the old

Saying that I have been busy over the past few months is an understatement. Since June I have been gathering, transforming, creating, and organizing a new space for my art life — Pinky’s Boutique. I look at it as a cabinet of curiosities and most importantly, a work in progress. The concept behind the space is first of all, an art studio for my personal work.

But I’m a hoarder, and I love to go thrifting and collect a bunch of cool, random, old stuff — so there is a bunch of that there too. For sale, of course, so I can keep collecting! I have a lot of vintage linens and clothing and sewing notions and things like that, surprise surprise.

So then another part of the space is the gallery. Curating is an important aspect of my professional life, and I have to keep that fire lit. The gallery portion of the space is similar to Eclipse, except that instead of curating group shows I am going to have a featured artist area and rotate that every month or two. The rest of the gallery space will have a variety of art and handmade goods — ceramics, blown glass, handmade accessories, jewelry, quilts, cards, wall art, housewares, etc.

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So I just opened last Friday and it has been really fun so far. I’ve been slowly meeting like-minded people in Janesville and have been getting a good response to the new shop so far. I’m planning on having a lot of events and activities to keep it rolling. Our first event is an artist reception for our first featured artist, Kim Geiser. So if you are in or near Janesville, join us on Saturday, November 16, from 4pm – 8pm for a fun night of art & refreshments. We also have an Artist Trading Card making station and a Wish Tree.

free to be meFree to be Me by Kim Geiser

We also have a free kid’s art area, our Imagination Station, which is open when the shop is open — and then every Friday night from 4-6 we are going to do a more involved project, like get out the paint, beads, paper mache, etc. or plan a special activity.

So this is all the new new newness…but I have to be honest and say that I am most excited about getting back to the old.

It has been such a long time since I have been able to just sit and stitch –I am looking forward to a long winter filled with ART MAKING and cozy talk with old and new friends alike. Oh yeah and snuggling my new nephew who should be arriving shortly! yay!

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