Zack and Jenny in front of "She Can't See the Forest Through the Trees"
I first have to thank my husband Zack. Last week was very trying and I am so thankful that he's there for me. I don't do well under pressure, and I put a lot of pressure on myself with my work. The week of pulling pieces together and doing hemming and steaming and hanging is not as fun as creating and developing the work. I wouldn't be working on these large pieces without him backing me. From sitting down all day on a Sunday last January helping me finalize my grant application to the Art Council, to Sunday's opening where he talked about my work to tons of people because I couldn't get around to everyone.
Thank you to my family who made it out for this reception and my mom who took all the photos for this blog post (I'm horrible at taking photos of anything but my work). Also to my parents for making dinner post-show and leaving us yummy leftovers. (Mom just figured out there was a smudge on her camera lens, hence the smudge in the photos!)
Thank you to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing for awarding me the 2012 Individual Artist's Grant. I have been talking about making pieces on this scale for 2 or more years. This grant gave me the kick in the pants to actually work with these ideas and start to develop where they're going.
Thank you so much to Deb and Gretel. They were key parts in helping me hang this show on Friday. I could not have done it without them. I was dog tired and my wits hanging by a thread. I'm glad they both were there because so often I want to do things on my own. It would not look so well if I had insisted on doing it alone!
Jenny Schu and the last finished piece "In Progress" double weave
Seriously, thank you Zack. I finished "In Progress" the week of the show going up, but it got crazy at our place in the final stretch. More to come on the individual pieces from this show. I plan on taking the next week or two to relax some and also bulk up my jewelry stock since I have not been making jewelry lately.
Family Photo Left to right: Zack, me, Ron, Julie, Brittin, Nova, Adam, Kim, Carl
If you missed the opening reception, you still have plenty of time to come by Grove Gallery in the next two months to see the show. Hours are 12-6 Tuesday-Friday and 12-4 Sat/Sun (closed Mondays). I'm there most Tuesdays if you have any questions about the show. Also, the First Sunday Gallery Walk for April we will have some snacks and refreshments and I will be demoing my beadweaving.
And no, I'm not tired of making leaves yet...
This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the
Arts Council of Greater Lansing