Timeout for Art: A New Venue


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When Livingstone Studio, the little island gallery that carries my work, closes for the season, I usually pack up my work and bring it home. Changes in temperature, dampness and small critters could cause problems if artwork over-wintered there. This year, several large works-in-progress are taking up most of the space in my small studio room. Overflow from that dratted 32 drawer cabinet is still  occupying precious other storage. I don’t have room for anything else!

On a whim, I called our Community Center, to see if they’d be interested in keeping my framed work for a few months. They loved the idea! We worked out details, and squeezed out time to hang the work.

It looks wonderful!

Sometimes I walk into one of my sisters houses, and see one of my pieces newly matted and framed, and hardly recognize it. That’s how I feel when I see my work arranged at Livingstone each Spring, and how I feel seeing it now in this new venue. It is elevated, somehow, by the surroundings. It’s hard to imagine that it came out of my tiny studio! I can hardly believe I am the one who made it!

It’s a good feeling.

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About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

10 responses »

  1. Fascinating post, Cindy. I hadn’t thought about what it feels like to see my work in another context, but I realize now HOW it INDEED has a huge effect. Your work is lovely and even more so in its new home!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. that’s truly a win-win option! when the paintings are not on display, it’s as if they’re wondering, ‘what did we do wrong?’ how great that they’re able to smile at anyone who takes the time to slow down and smell the lovely exposition!

    • Oh, thanks, Lisa, it is certainly a winning situation for me! I couldn’t possibly fit another thing in my tiny studio, and still work there. I am hearing good comments from folks who never made it down to the gallery to see them, too. Thanks for reading, and for your comments!

  3. Isn’t it wonderful when your artwork finds a new home, even if it’s a temporary one? I’m glad you found a place for your beautiful work, and also glad you can still be surprised at the talent you have. It’s good once in a while to see your work as others see it.

    • Thanks, Sara, yes it is a nice feeling to see my work with “fresh eyes.” And so nice to hear good comments about it, rather than have it here with me shoving it in corners to make room! Thanks for reading, and for your comments!

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