Art Show History
I was going through my files recently, old files...older than when I moved to Gloucester twelve years ago. It's almost like we live a few different lifetimes in our lives, as we move around, isn't it?
When I first moved to Boston, I lived in an apartment twenty feet from the railroad tracks of the commuter rail in Somerville, just outside of Davis Square and had a drafting table set up for my painting. I painted there every night after work, alone, not showing it to anyone other than a dial up email list I had, where I could email a photo to the thirty three friends who were semi-interested. When I moved to my first house in Arlington, I was involved in the art community and had a lot more courage to walk in a place and say "hey, wanna have an art show?"
It's been a few years since I've done something like this, maybe because I became as single mum in 2005, maybe because I opened a restaurant and bar in 2010, and maybe because since closing it five years later, the life change that came with it kept me at my desk, painting quietly, in my living room studio space.
The photos I found are just from a few shows over time, sadly, I have limited recordings of past shows...so few photos, I suppose because it was before the digital age and when the internet was really a tool for sharing and saving memories.
But I remember that in a few of these photos I found, I was pregnant with my girls, or about to step on a plane to Hawaii, or commuting the next day to Boston for work - wearing a suit and heels - or I was planning for and looking forward to the next art show.
The last few years of the art world for me has remained in-house and online - dropping work off at retail shops that carry my work, and then heading home to paint again. Maybe I don't want my picture taken again, like the ones you see here (boy, I was young!), or maybe it's just not the right time. Soon it will be. Stay tuned.