|Myself standing next to "After Storm Glow" at the reception|
|"Foxy Foxglove" (Japanese beads)|
Last Tuesday turned out to be a super auspicious day for me. Not only did I vote for the first time since I became a US citizen in the spring, I also got two honorable mentions in the concurrent shows at The Art League in Alexandria, VA!
It was a picture perfect, gorgeous autumn day. I am usually edgy, anxious on receiving days at The Art League's monthly shows, as they are very competitive and hard to get into. Not that day. I was calm and cheerful. I felt invincible. After entering several pieces in the shows, I went over to River Farm to enjoy the weather and take some pictures. Then I visited with a dear friend fighting breast cancer. When I called the gallery later to see whether I had any luck this month (I haven't gotten into the shows since June!), I wasn't nervous at all. I was ecstatic after I learned that one painting made the Small Works Show and two jewelry pieces the What Art to Wear Show.
On the following day, the gallery called me twice to say that I received two honorable mentions! The funny thing is that I don't make jewelries to sell; it's just one of my many creative hobbies. The reason why I entered two necklaces is that I was desperate. I feel like I have been barking at the wrong tree. Perhaps I should become a jewelry artist, then I will have more luck!