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Great news: I’m officially being represented by Fabulon in West Ashley! Better news:  the owner, Susan Irish, has asked me to put on a solo show in January!!!! This is simultaneously the most exciting and terrifying time of my life. Let’s start at the beginning…

Redux hosted a Big Table Art Talk with Art Biz Coach Alyson Stanfield this summer

Redux hosted a Big Table Art Talk with Art Biz Coach Alyson Stanfield this summer

Susan and I met at a lecture given at Redux earlier this summer.  She had just recently opened the doors to her art center and I was still in the beginning stages of creating my first “professional” collection. We were both there to learn and network.  Susan and I exchanged cards, and then later, some emails.  Before you know it, I was showing her some of my pieces and she was offering me representation in her gallery.

The Fabulon tent at the CRAA OPEN Arts Expo 

The Fabulon tent at the CRAA OPEN Arts Expo 

Fabulon is a center for art and education. It affords the larger Charleston community access to beautiful and attainable art, as well as offers educational courses and workshops for artists of all ages and skill levels.  Since I am a self-taught artist and have much to learn about the industry, it is the perfect place to begin my professional career.  I’m excited to not only be represented, but to participate and learn from all that Fabulon has to offer.

A Fabulon painting class in action

A Fabulon painting class in action

Almost as exciting as local representation is my (impending) solo show. The fact that my first solo show also happens to be my first professional exhibition ever is… crazy?  Yes, crazy and amazing and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase my work.  January of 2016 will mark the first time I hang my paintings collectively for the public’s scrutiny/reflection…  If it weren’t for Susan’s sincere enthusiasm for my work and the encouragement from my friends and family, there’s no way I could get through these next three months. 

Susan & I at the opening of Fabulon's "Souveniers of Summer" show, photo courtesy of Morgan Seth Photography

Susan & I at the opening of Fabulon's "Souveniers of Summer" show, photo courtesy of Morgan Seth Photography

Fabulon’s generosity and passion for teaching and encouraging other artists has been invaluable to me.  Approaching galleries for representation can be an intimidating endeavor, but Susan has made this experience a true delight.  Thank you, Fabulon, for welcoming me with open arms, I hope I don’t disappoint.

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