Something that I have been looking forward to for several months is this Friday! No, it is not a holiday or even my birthday, but it is the opening of several art exhibits that I have been looking forward to, four total, three of which happen to be some artist friends of mine! Yes, it's true, this Friday I am planning a field trip to see four art exhibitions in a row! I have not done anything like this in a while and I am looking forward to it, as a few of my friends and I caravan around our town to check out what is happening in our visual art community and to support some fellow hard-working creatives. Yes, it's true, adults can go on field trips.
First stop: MAHEC Education Building to see Jon Graham's paintings of contemporary urban landscapes, check out his work here where you can also find directions and information about the exhibit.
Second stop: Castell Photography, 2C Wilson Alley Asheville, NC 28801 MAPQUEST,
where the marvelous Molly Rose Freeman will be unveiling a new mural! Molly is a good friend who I have worked with on several occasions and I am excited to see how her mural work is developing as it continues to grace the walls in various cities throughout the Southeast!
Third stop: smART Space, downstairs in the Pioneer Building, 190 Broadway St. Sean Pace, Jeremy Russell and Melissa Terrezza are the three artists selected for Asheville's first Artist in Residency Program smArt Space! Check out more about their collaborative project here.
Fourth & final stop: My next door neighbor at The Hatchery (our studio doors are right next to each other), Kirsten Stolle's exhibit Genetically Commodified opens this Friday night at the Asheville Area Arts Council space known as The Artery in the River Arts District. The work will prove to be thoughtfully created as well as conceptually relevant. Come check it out and have some Organic Wines poured by The Wine Studio!
If you are local, maybe make an artist date with yourself to check these shows out! If not, maybe find some things in your community to stimulate your creativity and enjoy yourself this weekend. Making time for creative stimulation and enjoyment is one of the top ways to nurture your creativity and even if being creative is your "profession" it is still important to carve out that time to see what others are doing whether in or outside of your field; seeing and experiencing new things is vital to remaining creatively nourished.
I know this post was full of links, but maybe you'll see something you liked, something that encourages you or something that gets those wheels turning. When I am feeling a little dry or blocked creatively, looking at other artist's work or listening to some new music or trying something new is the one of my favorite "go-to's". Especially with that winter hibernation period coming to a close and warming up, it's time for some getting outside and exploring and I am looking forward to my Friday Field Trip!
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