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Still Here

It has already been a very busy autumn for me.  In September alone, I participated in three juried outdoor art fairs. At the last one of that month, the highly regarded Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City, I was startled when a previous customer of mine entered my booth and said "Well, I hadn't seen you for a while so I thought you retired."  When I laughed, loudly, at the statement, the woman felt that she had to explain that since she had not found me at shows where I had become sort of a regular exhibitor, she figured I'd gone on to another line of work. 

I assured her that I was still in the thick of art-making, exhibiting and selling.  We had a nice visit and she left.  I, however, thought about what she said, for days.  I have returned year after year to several of the same shows as it is an opportunity to share new work with prior collectors.  It is also an ambition to break into a show where I have not exhibited and find new audiences.  I have done both of those things this year, multiple times.  The truth is, a too-busy road schedule means that important tasks like communicating with my loyal visitors and collectors may stay on the to-do list, for too long.  Relying heavily on the Facebook post or Tweet, to announce my presence somewhere runs the risk of being missed by those who have made a point of signing up for an email newsletter or (gasp!) an actual, handwritten postcard invitation.

I have pledged to be better about doing that!  If you haven't reached out, please go right over to my contact page and let me know you'd like to hear from me via email with invitations to events.  For details of where you can find me and/or my paintings during the last quarter of this year, please read on:

Centric Projects is hosting my work at their offices through the end of this year.  If you stop in during the week (1814 Main, KCMO) between 8 AM and 5 PM they are happy to let you view my paintings.  25% of the art sales from this show are benefiting Gilda's Club KC.  I'm pleased to meet you down there in person for a tour.

I'm thrilled to report that Roan and Black Contemporary in Saugatuck, MI is representing my work on an ongoing basis. Their lush grounds near the shores of Lake Michigan include two gallery spaces and sculpture garden.  They are well-worth an in-person visit. Preview their website and see the work you'll find there.

To promote the Kansas City Artists Coalition, where I serve as a member of the Board of Directors, I'll be present with a small collection of my work at the Wine Walk on Delaware in Kansas City's River Market, on Saturday, October 15th from 5 PM - 8 PM.  It should be a fun, fall evening so please come by.  I will also be included in the One Night Stand members exhibition at KCAC on Friday, November 18th.  All are invited to this free event and I urge you to come and buy a piece of original art directly from any of the artists exhibiting that night.

My last outdoor show of the year is River Arts Fest in Memphis, TN.  Please spread the word to your mid-south friends to visit me and many of my art fair peers, October 21st-23rd.

Festive holiday events where you'll find me selling work: 

Bizarre Bazaar at the Lawrence Arts Center, November 25 & 26th.

Open Studio & Holiday Sale, hosted by Amy Meya, 3345 Baltimore, KCMO, December 1st - 4th.

Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up, Alexander Graham Bell School, 3730 N. Oakley Ave. Chicago, IL December 10th & 11th.

If none of these happenings work on your calendar, let's schedule a studio visit.  Give me 48 hours notice and I will gladly open my workspace to you.  I'll serve the beverage of your choice and we can talk painting, process, life, art history and a custom piece for your space.

I am grateful to say that I'm "still here," and not retired.  The thought seems impossible, but I know that without you who have supported me in my endeavor to become and remain a full time, self-employed artist, it would be an inescapable reality.  So, THANK YOU!  And let's keep in touch.

Best wishes,

Laura

My reception at Centric Projects with Gilda's Club KC.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Schultz (@scoobyinkc on Instagram)