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So Much to Share!

Oh, hi! Somehow its February already. So many new things are happening, and it's been a bit of a whirlwind to keep my head wrapped around it all. Good news is that it's all WONDERFUL stuff, I'll tell you all about it...

First of all, I am showing my Sill Series in Gallery 1056 at Redux this month! Opening night is Friday, February 23rd from 6-8pm, I couldn't be more excited. My talented friend BJ of Haegur, the mobile plant shop, will be doing a special installation alongside my pieces. He'll also be be parking "Fern" the plant truck in Redux for opening night! Art and plants in one place, what could be better??

Fern the Plant Truck is the CUTEST

I still have so much to do in these next two weeks, but I luckily have the help of my sweet friend Paige Feigley.  Paige is a fellow Redux artist and is curating this show (thank goodness, cuz I need her calming direction and expertise). We have so many fun ideas, I cant wait to see them all come together. I hope you'll join us for opening night, it is free and open to the public.

So while we're working away at the Sills Show, I have also started teaching courses! My high school students have totally blown me away with their talent, and my "Florals in Oils" course has been so much fun. I have a new appreciation for teachers of ALL subjects. It's tough stuff, but truly rewarding. I am excited to plan out some more courses and really get in my teaching groove. Sign up for my newsletter and check out my new events page to keep up-to-date with all course and workshop opportunities! 

Charleston Elopement

Oh yea, I also got married! Dylan and I eloped to the Charleston courthouse this January and it was perfection. We brought the fur babes with us (we wanted to celebrate as a happy family ASAP) and we had the uber talented Lizzy Ervin with us to capture the day. All of her photos are breathtaking, I will be following up with another post so I can share more of her amazing work. 

So 2018 has been pretty epic so far! Hope everyone else is off to a great start too :)

 

 

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Year in Review

2017 has been one hell of a year! So much to reflect on and be thankful for, and even more to look forward to in 2018. This past year was politically infuriating, professionally encouraging, and personally wonderful. I was able to stay true to the goals I set for myself and remain active in my community. The women's march in DC was a huge inspiration for me, and as a result I have kept up with the issues that I have avoided in the past. Becoming more engaged and socially conscious was, and remains, important to me. Our country has a long way to go, but I am glad to be a part of it.

Being in DC for the women's march this past January was the best decision I made all year. I am so glad to have witnessed and heard with my own eyes and ears. 

Being in DC for the women's march this past January was the best decision I made all year. I am so glad to have witnessed and heard with my own eyes and ears. 

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Professionally, I settled into my studio in the new and improved Redux Contemporary Art Center, sign on with the wonderful team behind Straight to Art, began teaching workshops, served on the 2017 Redux auction committee (the most successful auction to date!), secured a solo show for next year (stay tuned!), ANNNNND I've put in my notice to be a full-time creative! Woohoo! I can't tell you how excited I am to begin teaching courses at Redux next month. My students have started to sign up, and I've been subjecting friends and family to practice class sessions. In addition to teaching, I will get to spend MUCH more time in the studio. Being able to wake up every day and be creative is a dream come true; I am on the cusp of officially living my dream, I just can't get over it. 

My first painting workshop at Candlefish was so much fun!

My first painting workshop at Candlefish was so much fun!

The 15th annual Redux auction was a wonderful night

The 15th annual Redux auction was a wonderful night

Personally, it has been a wonderful year of settling into the home we own. Our furry family has reached capacity (for now), and I have loved making memories in a home I can call my very own. We starting getting our hands dirty, upgrading the back yard, and painting our walls with the colors of our choice. We have also had so much fun curating the art we have been collecting over the past few years. What a difference some well loved art can make! 

Dylan inherited a new toy this year, the kiddos enjoy it as well

Dylan inherited a new toy this year, the kiddos enjoy it as well

Mr. Montagu approves of the fresh paint

Mr. Montagu approves of the fresh paint

Of course I have doubts and insecurities about taking the scary leap into the unknown, but I'm totally confident that it is the right decision for me and my career. I need to take this risk in order to grow my business, and I have a solid foundation to work from. These past 4 years of hard work and sacrifice have taught me so much and prepared me for the uncertainty of what lays ahead, I am READY. Bring it on, 2018!  

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The 15th Annual Redux Auction

On Wednesday, November 15th, Redux is hosting our 15th Annual Benefit Auction! The Annual Auction is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and as a non-profit, this event is very important to us. It is our chance to ensure a productive year for our resident artists and the greater Charleston community we aim to serve. Our goal is to be able to help foster our resident creatives and accomplish more educational outreach. This year's auction will play a huge part in reaching these goals.

We are now less than two weeks away from the big day, and the committee is working overtime to ensure the night is one to remember for everyone who attends. We will be servings food from local purveyors Goat Sheep Cow, Home Team BBQ, Moe's Crosstown, Harold's Cabin, Ice Bing Cafe, and more! We also have the Cocktail Bandits serving up a signature Cathead Vodka cocktail for happy hour, and Sugar Bakeshop supplying us with tons of sweet treats. Our Silent and Live Auctions are brimming with AMAZING art, as well as goodies donated from local businesses such as 167 Raw, Harbinger Cafe, Striped Pig Distillery, and Artist and Craftsman Supply.  Local musician Leah Suarez will be singing live, and The Faculty Lounge is hosting the official after party! 

Leah Suarez

The Cocktail Bandits

I have been lucky enough to serve on the auction committee this year, so I have had a chance to get a sneak peek at everything. If you are an art lover, you DON'T want to miss this event. We put out a call for art/business donations/sponsorship's, and the response has been overwhelming and humbling. We count ourselves very lucky to be a part of such a supportive community, thank you to everyone who has contributed to this year's event.  I have included a few pics of some of my favorite art donations (and I am planning my bidding strategy!)

Tickets are selling out fast! Snag yours before they're gone by clicking here. Hope to see you there!

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Just call me Ms. Jules...

BIG news people! Starting in January, I will begin a new, exciting, and slightly terrifying chapter as an art teacher! I will be leaving my full-time office job so that I can work with young, creative minds and hopefully help them develop their own artistic journeys. It has been my dream to be a full-time creative, and these after-school courses and my future students will be making that dream a reality.

I am starting with beginner oil painting courses for middle and high school students. I remember being in middle and high school; I can recall my emotions, my struggles and my interests. I have the hindsight to know that an art course could have made a huge difference in my teenage life. All it takes is one moment of inspiration or awareness to realize a passion, and I hope to meet several passionate, aspiring painters next year. Whatever I may be able to teach, I know I will learn twice as much from them. 

January marks 3 years since my decision to pursue my art career, and it's amazing how different my life looks. I've shared my journey before (and here too), so I won't bore with details, but just know that I couldn't be more grateful and appreciative of everyone who has supported me along the way. Accomplishing my goals and pursuing new opportunities wouldn't be possible without the amazing community of friends and creatives I have around me, especially my family at Redux. 

My courses are offered through Redux, and I am also available for private oil painting lessons for students ages 12 and up. You can also contact our educational director at megan@reduxstudios.org or by calling 843-722-0697

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