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Busy, busy, busy!

Every year I challenge myself to get my artwork into new venues, and this year, I'm so excited that I will meet that goal early!

First, I have to thank my good friend Tracy Wilkerson, who is always looking for new places to show art. One of these places is the intriguing New District Brewing Company, an independent brewer in the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington, VA. (Located at 2709 S Oakland St, Arlington, VA 22206; see At first, I didn't even think about applying to this show because she had a massive wall to fill and was asking that pieces be no smaller than 3 feet by 3 feet! Those of you who have seen my art in person know that I tend to keep things small, and 18x24 is a big piece for me, so there was no way that I was going to submit anything. Then she decided to drop the restriction to no smaller than 2 feet by 2 feet and I just had to say, "Challenge accepted!" I created a mixed media piece called New Hope and while I am very proud of it, I am also in awe of the other artists displaying their work there! Hope you can join us for a reception there on Wednesday, February 13th from 6 to 8pm!

Second, another good friend, Nancy Ramsey, suggested I take her place as the next artist in residence at this scrumptious wine bar and restaurant in Old Town Alexandria called Sonoma Cellar. (Located at 207 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314; see I had been wanting to do a show with my fellow artists Donna Lee Gallo and Linda Goetz Mierke for awhile and asked the owner if the three of us could put on a show. She agreed and so The Power of Three art exhibit was born! We are still figuring out which pieces will be in the show and plan on hanging our work on February 7th; there will be reception and wine dinner but I'll have to get back to you with the details. Hope you can stop by there as well.

And last, but not least, I also have several pieces in the upcoming New Beginnings show at Del Ray Artisans. Although this is not a new venue for me, I had taken a break from this super-supportive arts organization, and was drawn back to the place by the afore-mentioned Tracy Wilkerson and her brainchild of having a show that features art that is at least 50 percent recycled materials! The show opens this Friday February 1st, and I'll be at the opening reception from 7 to 9pm, and also be gallery hosting on Saturday February 2nd, from 12 to 3pm, so please join me. (Located at 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria VA 22301; see I'd be happy to tell you about the recycled pieces there, and I'm sharing a photo of one (Don't Call Me Rover) that features broken plates I collected while on one of my shifts at the fabulous Palette 22!

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