There has been one rather big change in my life and I wanted to update everyone on that. After 10 years of being a member of the Naked North Art Gallery & Gifts in Dryden, I have decided to step away. I’ve loved my time there and I’m grateful of all the years I was able to work with the other amazing artists. It’s a pretty impressive accomplishment to have been in business for 10 years. Especially when I look back at how we got started. A group of artists got together, we found out a building was available to rent and we just decided to go for it. I was thrilled to have been one of the founding members and I took great pride in all of our accomplishments. It took a lot of elbow grease and time, but we were up and running in May of 2009.
It’s a great place to work ( as a member we all took turns working in the gallery). I’ve worked with some great artists, I’ve met some amazing people from near and far. We’ve done some incredible transformations to the space over the years. There has been some real blood, sweat and tears poured into this Gallery. We all put our heart and soul into this endeavor and it shows. I appreciate that I was able to display and sell my art in such a great space.
With the demands of my new business and trying to schedule myself, I found it harder and harder to give 100% to the Gallery and be an active participant in the store, in all the meetings and the other activities. For me, if I am a member of a group, I have my own expectations of how I need or want to be involved. I like to think I did a pretty good job for the most part, but in the last couple years I was feeling I was just not giving it my all. I felt if I’m not all in, I need to be all out. It’s partly so I won’t feel guilty for not being there to do my part (or what I perceive as my part).
I sincerely wish the remaining artists and all those who will join in the future, that they prosper and enjoy their time at the Gallery.
So with the tough decision made, I brought my art work home to my Studio. It did take me two days to do some major rearranging, but I’m thrilled with the results. As much as I loved the Gallery, it felt like all my kids (my art work) came home.
With that said though, I also realized how much artwork I actually have and I am quickly running out of room. I have decided to host two Open Studios in April to provide a little more insight on my upcoming classes, plans for the summer and to showcase my art. There will be a SALE to help my art work find new homes.
I do welcome drop ins at any time, if I’m home, I am happy to welcome you in to view my studio and art work. Just follow the signs off Hwy #105.