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Inspirational Pathways

Charleston Promise Neighborhood has created Inspirational Pathways, an arts-based enrichment program at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School. Fifth graders participating in Inspirational Pathways visit Redux Contemporary Arts Center to learn about the artistic process and to become inspired to express themselves creatively through various art media.

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This year, students met and interviewed four Redux artists: Paige Feigley, Mark Stetler, Kerry Steele, and myself. The young scholars familiarized themselves with our work and process in order to decide and vote on who should create a piece of art to represent their graduating class, which will remain at Sanders Clyde for future classes to enjoy. I was THRILLED to be chosen as the 2018 Inspirational Pathways artist.

 These young scholars and their passion were my source of inspiration for the piece "Gator Pride"

These young scholars and their passion were my source of inspiration for the piece "Gator Pride"

I'm so thankful to have been a part of this program. I can remember being a 5th grader, and I know what a difference creative programs can make in a young student's life. I firmly believe that creative outlets are invaluable to any curriculum, and I found the efforts by Charleston Promise Neighborhood and Sanders Clyde to be exceptional. The students and staff I met are very special people and being chosen to represent the 2018 class and Inspirational Pathways program is humbling and wonderful. Congrats to the class of 2018, I cant wait to see what you create!

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Best. Tuesday. Ever.

Earlier this year, Dylan and I tied the knot on the most perfect Tuesday there ever was. We eloped in the Charleston courthouse, and spent the rest of the day enjoying this amazing city we are fortunate enough to call home. 

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The day truly felt like magic: we got a parking spot right out front on Broad, we were cheered on by throngs of elementary students who stumbled upon our photo session, we were gifted a bottle of champs by our friends at Chez Nous (and drank the whole thing on the spot), and temperatures rose to above 70. I am so PUMPED we had local photographer, Lizzy Ervin, with us to capture several of these memories (I also sprinkled in some personal photos, please don't confuse my iPhone pics with her perfect photography). 

 our "first look" outside our home in Riverland Terrance before driving to the courthouse (photo by sister Tracy)

our "first look" outside our home in Riverland Terrance before driving to the courthouse (photo by sister Tracy)

 celebratory champs at Chez Nous (photo by husband Dylan)

celebratory champs at Chez Nous (photo by husband Dylan)

 oyster love from our last stop of the day at 167 raw

oyster love from our last stop of the day at 167 raw

We are crazy animal parents, so it was very important to both of us to celebrate with the babes immediately after our vows. They waited patiently in our car while we made things official, and afterwards we spent time walking around the French Quarter neighborhood as a very happy family. 

 Love that there is still ice lingering on the church's roof from the Charleston snow day

Love that there is still ice lingering on the church's roof from the Charleston snow day

 Dylan recently enherited this beautiful Jeep from his late grandfather. It made the perfect "getaway" car

Dylan recently enherited this beautiful Jeep from his late grandfather. It made the perfect "getaway" car

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The following weekend, our closest friends threw us an incredible dinner party and celebration. Dylan and I had NOTHING to do with any planning, we just showed up where and when we were told... and it was perfection.

 too  much fun at the Gardner's

too  much fun at the Gardner's

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We started the night in a ridiculously fun party bus that took us to our friends' downtown home where we celebrated with champagne, "Dylan" & "Julia" cocktails, and the most beautiful wedding cake. We then made our way to Restaurant Tu and had an amazing meal in the Disco Room. We were blown away by all the thoughtful and special touches throughout the evening, we are truly lucky to have such generous friends. 

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 LOVE these amazing women (and the selfie bathroom at Tu)

LOVE these amazing women (and the selfie bathroom at Tu)

Getting married and celebrating in this way was perfect for us. We were able to appreciate the love we have for each other, the home and family we have created here in Charleston. No distractions, just pure joy, love and appreciation. The icing on the cake is having mini celebrations every time we get together with family and friends we havent seen yet. The moral of the story: elope so you can celebrate all year round. 

 and we live happily, messily, crazily, ever after 

and we live happily, messily, crazily, ever after 

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Two is Better Than One

I'm so thankful to share that I currently have two shows open to the public. My "Sill Series" is being shown in Gallery 1056 in Redux until March 31st. I also have my "Feeling Floral" show installed in The Schoolhouse in West Ashley for the remainder of the month. 

 "Feeling Floral", installed in The Schoolhouse

"Feeling Floral", installed in The Schoolhouse

Thank goodness for my studio management team, Straight to Art. I wouldn't have had the opportunity to show at The Schoolhouse, or would have even been able to install this show, without them. It is so nice to know that my inventory with S2A is in wonderful hands. I'm very happy with how my floral pieces are installed in the beautiful Schoolhouse Gallery. "Feeling Floral" is still available for viewing until the end of the month.

My Sill Series also found a home for the month. I am so honored to be the first Redux Resident Artist to show in our Gallery 1056. Moving forward, this gallery will be dedicated to showing the work of resident artists, curated by Redux artists. Paige Faigley curated my Sills Show, and I was so thankful for her calming assistance.

"The Sills Show", installed in Gallery 1056

You can come and view the Sills Show anytime during Redux's gallery hours for the remainder of the month.

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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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