good things…

February 4, 2009

Everybody likes to harp on the negative…the economy…the slower sales…the yata yata yata, and I’m not going to lie, I’ve experienced a little lull just like the rest of you folks out there.  I’ve had to work a lot harder to rope in commissions and reach a broader market, but in the midst of all this negativity, there is something happening in the arts that really gives me hope.

I’ve seen artists across the board working very hard to support and promote each others work.  I’ve seen locals pulling together markets, art shows, and festivals, on shoestring budgets just to get the word out…I’ve seen galleries on the verge of closing shop, stay afloat by artists willing to volunteer their time.  I’ve seen more artists sharing their blog forums to promote other artists work.  It’s so wonderful to ride out the storm with such a great support system of like-minded people.  I can’t thank you all enough!

Oh and speaking of sharing the love…PaperMichelle was kind enough to feature me on her bloggity blog…CLICK! As did  AJ all the way in Canada! ..CLICK! I’ve added both these gals to the blog list, so be sure to see what they’re up to from time to time.

In other happy news…I received my Glass Diamonds Print from the ever so talented Victoria Bennett Beyer today!!!  It’s even more gorgeous in real life, I’ll be sure to post more on this little gem when I get her all framed and happy.  AND…(saving the best for last you know…)  My new printer is here, and fired up!  New prints and a new Etsy store are in the works…It’s like Christmas!

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Sadly, I won’t be selling my wares at today’s market…but there are plenty of other stellar artists that will be…including verijeri,  and Robin Lynne, and many many more!  Be sure to step out and support your local artists!

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9 a.m. – 2p.m.

Top floor of the Robinson Parking Garage
(133 Montgomery Street @ York/ across from the Courthouse)

I think we’ll all be watching our pennies a little closer this holiday season.  There will be some great deals to be had, and for those of us on a tighter budget, it will mean really looking hard to find that perfect gift.  So this year, I’ve taken The Handmade Pledge. I’d rather my dollars support an independent artist, artisan, or craftsman, than a corporate machine.  The best part about it?…I end up with a truly unique, one-of-a-kind, thoughtful gift, and help an indie artist continue to do what they love.  Of course Etsy.com is a great place to start shopping for all things handmade, and they’ve got some really fun ways to navigate the site.  Check it out!

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In other handmade news…special thanks to Maunakeamoonlight for including my Celery Stalk print in your Thanksgiving themed Treasury!  Want to learn more about the handmade goodies in this treasury?  CLICK!

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special thanks…

April 27, 2008

to all of you who stopped by my booth at the Gordontston Art Fair yesterday!  It was a great day all around despite the rain.  I had the opportunity to meet some really stellar artists, and it’s always inspiring to be around diverse and creative minds.  The event was well organized, the coordinators beyond friendly, and I was so grateful to the staff of volunteers that helped us get set up.  Of course I can’t forget to thank this lady for coming to my rescue yesterday…

Granny you’re a true gem…thanks for all your help, love and support!

It was so nice to get feedback on my new line of prints…thanks for the warm reception Savannah!

oh and I promise to get them for sale on my website shortly after returning from vacation…until then, feel free to email me at heather@flyoungstudio.com to place an order.

Cima, Athena, and Jack (not pictured) managed to stop by just before the rain came down.  Cima, a dear friend, lives in Gordonston and planted the bug for me to get involved with this event.

But the real icing on the cake was when a little girl by the name of Madeline, stopped by my booth.  She flipped through my mural book and discovered that I created this in her school.  The look on her face was priceless, and it made me feel great to know that project is still inspiring the little ones.

Well…before I bore you to death with all the details…I’ll put this event to rest.  Only 5 days til vacation, and now that the fair is over, I can start making a list of things to pack!