I’ve enjoyed a year more or less outside the public view but want to say a long overdue hello! It’s been a year of simple pleasures, travel, and self-definition. Since leaving CCA, I’ve been fortunate to consider what makes me happiest, who I want for my community, and what makes me heart pound the hardest. The answers to so many of my questions involves art and specifically artists. I feel grateful to be forging a new path in support of artists, even as I find that I might be one too!
Some highlights of the last year included a residency at Libre, an artist-built commune in Southern Colorado with incredible views and so much magic; joining CU Boulder’s Rural Environments Field School as visiting faculty for a trip through northern Arizona; and the continued evolution (and funding!) of a 2-year project in Miami that will finally go public in October.
The biggest news is the launch of Gibbous Creative, a consulting business that supports committed artists at pivotal moments in their careers. Building a business has been a surprisingly creative act with an intense learning curve, but after 10 months I'm figuring it out and making an impact. Gibbous offers one-on-one coaching as well as professional development workshops. In March, I led a 5-week workshop on proposal writing at Santa Fe Art Institute and over the summer teamed up with 516 ARTS to do a couple of mini-workshops geared towards their new regional grant program. My clients have scored residencies and exhibition opportunities, applied to major awards and gained confidence with their unique career paths. It’s been tremendously satisfying and yet there is so much more work to be done to adequately support artists. In 2017 I’ll be offering more workshops (around New Mexico and beyond), so stay tuned!
As if the universe were offering me a karmic trip to the other side, I’ve been gifted with a few opportunities to be the artist. The drawings that I’ve been slowly and quietly producing over the last several years will be shared in two simultaneous exhibitions in Santa Fe and Colorado Springs this month!
At the end of September, I’ll move to Albuquerque where my sister, Nina, is buying a house. I’m excited to help out with the new property and to return to such a vibrant, friendly, and beautiful city!
Wishing you all a bountiful harvest season, brimming with joy and love! I hope to connect with you in New Mexico, Miami, or over the internet this fall. Keep in touch.
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