October happenings

The past few weeks have been busy and full of art stuff, mostly fulfilling commission work and prepping for upcoming events (more on that in a second). I was able to squeeze in some time away from the studio, like taking my niece to a ceramics class and helping neighbors prepare for this year's First Night Parade. See the purple image below -- an art car and its tentacles getting worked over at Studio Capezutti. So much fun and really great company. Good times.

I was also accepted into the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh -- which is one of the cooler things that has happened recently. After not making art for so long, being able to get back to it and be welcomed by peers feels pretty good. Still, the whole process had me pretty anxious for a couple days. Interested artists were asked to drop off 5 pieces to be reviewed by a panel a few Saturdays back. Folks would be notified by mail on the results. You just never know with these things. Any call for entries/applicants is a gamble. Not everyone is gonna dig what I do, there are "thanks but no thanks" emails all the time, which is cool. Just part of the process. This time it worked out.

And there are two events coming up that I'm pretty stoked about. First, it's "Animal Kingdom," a group show I'm participating in at G Squared Gallery in Ligonier, PA.  The exhibit starts November 19 and runs until late December. The opening is Friday, November 21 from 5-7 pm. Swing by if you're around, it will be a lot of fun. Second, it's Handmade Arcade time, Pittsburgh's first and largest indie craft fair. Last year was my first to attend as a vendor and it was a blast, so I'm super excited to return for round two. The event is Saturday, December 6 from 11 am - 7 pm at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. It's the perfect opportunity to support makers and get some holiday shopping done.

Clockwise from top left: art car action at Studio Capezutti; mail from the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh; Handmade Arcade 2014; detail of a drawing in progress that will be exhibited at G Squared Gallery.