December 2018: Tis the Season

Happy Holidays!

It’s hard to believe how quickly 2018 is coming to a close. I find December to be one of the most fast-paced months of the year, so I’m taking a moment to reflect back on all that has happened.

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to be the Interim Program Coordinator with the Art Students League of Denver where I oversaw the summer camp and exhibition programs. In late August, I moved out of that role, and in September, I moved on from ASLD to spread my wings as an artist. I also joined PlatteForum (another local arts nonprofit) as an art instructor teaching at Hallett Elementary; this has been such a challenging learning experience for me, yet has revealed so much about myself and my personal goals. In all honesty, I don’t see working in a school system as a good long-term fit, so I will be continuing in more of an assistant role to see the school year through to the end; like so many kids, my students have had plenty of adults throw in the towel and give up on them, and I refuse to be one more.

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< Once Upon a Red Rose, 9x12 oil on panel; SOLD at Access Gallery’s 2018 99 Pieces of Art of the Wall

With Fall, I jumped full-force back into my painting career. I started this monthly newsletter, did a large-scale, painting installation for a mental health hospital, reopened a book illustration project, attended the occasional figure-drawing session, participated in three exhibits (two of which were juried), started a painting series, and began learning how to build my own frames, a process which I am still fine-tuning.

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< The Paper Bag Project painting series thus far

I am so grateful for the many opportunities that have come my way throughout 2018, and I am looking on toward 2019 with great anticipation and expectations. Come January, I will be working directly with another local artist as my professional development coach, and I am so excited to see what I can learn from her about growing myself as an artist and a business woman. I also have a number of applications in the works for more potential excitement in the new year, and of course I will continue to apply for group and juried exhibitions.

For many of us, the last few months of the year seem to disappear all too quickly into a mess of shopping, traveling, and holiday parties. So don’t forget to pause once or twice to reflect on all the blessings, challenges, growing pains, failures, and successes the past year has brought.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and safety to all who are traveling; see you in the new year!

—Lauren