getting setup for a party
getting setup for a party

Plans and Confessions

March 28th, I’m having my first Studio Party at my house.  And I’m just going to confess this: I’m excited but terrified.  If I thought I could get away with it, I wouldn’t do this. But, I know I have to. My husband insisted and he is even more of an introvert than I am.   I can’t say that I want to be an artist and not invite people to enjoy my work.  Well, duh.

In many ways, this will be a coming out.  This is the official event announcing my transformation from teaching faculty to professional artist. It really is something to celebrate!

But on my list of things I’m not so comfortable with: crowds and being the center of attention. Sigh.

I actually like a good party.  And I love to eat. And don’t get me started about wine. 🙂  And I love that art is about people and relationships.  I love the mutual gift that is art-making.

So head down, I persist.  We will have art, gift cards, scarves, some pendants, wine (for my nerves) and appetizers.

So far we expect maybe 40 people. I will see good friends, old colleagues and a good handful will be bringing friends and people I don’t know.

And another plus; I’m going to apply to some art fairs this year.  The jurors want a picture of an art booth.  So in the next few days, I’m transforming the dining room into an art booth for the Studio Party.  Why not?

My vision; navy walls, cream and/or gold tablecloths, classic wood furniture, accents of burgundy and fiery orange.  Flowers and chocolate.  Paintings dripping from the walls and furniture.  Classy, formal and someplace you want to stay and peek around for awhile.

I can hear my husband rolling his eyes.  Me and my visions mean a lot of work for him.

Wish me luck! I can’t wait to see some of you soon!


  1. Mark says:

    I’ll be there in spirit with you. If I were a few thousand miles closer, I’d be there in-person.

  2. I wish you a lot of good luck and joy!!! I can understand your fears, I´m lightyears away from any exibition and am already afraid of it. That´s the tragedy of being an introvert, but maybe that´s why we love to make art. You seem to be a really bright and shining person, so are your pictures! It will be wonderful, and you will be happy and proud you did it!!! I wish I could be there!!!

  3. Ann – I wish you could be there too. Thank you. As far as an exhibit for you…this is the beginning of My business plan for Ann – focus on your awesome portraits. Your voice is there and they set you apart by light years already. If someone wants to buy one, let them buy it. (It took me ten years to figure this one out) and at a good price. If you want it, you’ll get it. 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    Best of luck with the studio party, I am sure your wonderful work will shine through and you will be able to relax and enjoy it in no time.

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