Twelve of my Talisman series paintings are hanging in the Community Room of the Sullivan Free Library in Chittenango, NY. I installed the show yesterday and the work will be there until I go back to school in September (2016).
I love my connection to the Chittenango community and with Karen Fauls-Traynor, who pops me into the calendar every July! The Community Room can be rented out for events and so, there are always people in there. It is part of the library but is accessed through a separate door at the entrance. I heard there will be a graduation party in there today! They also have afternoon movies (free) every Wednesday at 1:00pm.
The paintings are $200 each. They are 18″ x 24″ mixed media pieces comprised of oil & collage and chalkboard paint. I created them in the summer of 2008 in a studio space on my front porch while the television in the living room played Harry Potter videos 24/7.
It is pretty fascinating how positive energy and the idea of magic can create magnificent outcomes in our lives. One of my friends told me I need to immerse myself in painting again, but I don’t feel ready to go back to that type of isolation. I would need to sell quite a bit of art to fuel that inner motivation again. That seems to go against the grain of how other artists see themselves – as though art making is a desire that surpasses all consequences of the act.
Oh well. It is what it is. The idea of someone else valuing what you do, what I do, is what I crave. My friends in Florida have several of my paintings in every room of their house. I visited them last month – I hadn’t been there in thirteen years, so seeing my presence in their home filled me with so much gratitude and love. The idea that I matter to people. I don’t know how else to explain it. I just don’t want to make a bunch of art that sits in a pile in a closet somewhere, unable to breathe or see the light of day until I am gone or something. That just seems yucky to me.
If you are interested in purchasing one of these paintings, contact me. I can sell it off the wall and replace it with another. There are twenty-four pieces in this series. And they all need homes…. <3
The Sullivan Free Library is located at 101 Falls Blvd., right off Route 5 in the village of Chittenango, NY. It was the former State Bank of Chittenango. Click the link at the top of this post for hours of operation.