I’m having a hard time believing the year is almost half over, but here we are well into June. I also realize I haven’t been doing a great job at stopping to enjoy the little moments this year, its just very easy to get caught up in “whats next?”. So, I thought I would try and take a moment here to reflect on what has been accomplished so far in 2019.

After kicking off the year with “Two Top” at The Miller Gallery, and completing a short residency at The Vendue, I was worried it might be difficult to keep the momentum going. However, back in March I was notified I received the Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year grant, and I’ve been on cloud nine ever since. I am just overwhelmingly honored to have received such a generous grant that is truly supportive of artists. I have begun work on my piece and will write a post dedicated to this opportunity, but I wanted to share the news of what is certainly one of the most exciting achievements in my art career to date.

pictured on the left are “TWO!” pieces, on the right is my submission for “Fortunate”

Exhibition wise, being represented by The Miller Gallery is a dream come true. In addition to having most of my inventory available for purchase through the gallery, I currently have a piece on display for their birthday show “TWO!” and another on display for “Fortunate” at The Vendue. Rachael Nerney and I will also be participating in a collaborative Pop-Up event at the gallery in August with S.N.O.B., stay tuned!

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For the past two years, I have been serving on the board of Redux as the artists representative. I bring my perspective as a creative and studio renter to the table when discussing how to connect with our Charleston community, serve the artists who rent studio spaces, and keep our non-profit organization thriving. Being a part of Redux has changed my life and I am passionate about the organization as well as my fellow artists who run their businesses within our studio spaces. We are constantly working to improve our events and programming, and planning for this year’s auction has officially begun! The annual auction is the organization’s primary fundraising event which provides essential support for our comprehensive exhibition program, our robust education and outreach programs, and allows us to directly support emerging visual artists’ ideas and work. Save the date for this year’s auction on Saturday, November 16th!

Now that I am (almost) a full-time creative, I have more opportunities to connect and collaborate with other artists and institutions. For example, I was able to attend the “Together SC Summit” in Greenville and visit the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. GCCA is basically the Redux of Greenville, and it was so inspiring to meet fellow artists and administrators working to enrich their community with creative programming. I enjoyed my time in Greenville so much I decided to go back in July and teach a Pet Painting workshop at GCCA! My class is on Sunday July 21st, and you can sign up here. If you’re in the Charleston area, I am also teaching a Paint Your Pet workshop at Redux on Tuesday, July 9th.

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Yep, 2019 has been a busy one. Stay tuned for more to come!

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