Some riches aren’t in the cash register

Tonight I had a guest artist come to visit. During this Holiday Boutique, I have invited the various artists to come and share more of their work along with visiting with potential clients. It is a fun business practice. It offers a more quiet opportunity to have a lovely conversation with the artist. 

As a business person, in this situation, you want a line out the door. You want people ready to speak to your guest artist, but also, ready to buy from her and frankly,.. you. Art is one difficult business because most artists create with their hearts. It is difficult not to feel rejected when your art isn’t flying off the walls or shelves. 

I invited Racheal Gootnick of Just Terrific to share the evening. We both did the work. We advertised, we invited friends and followers. We had big hopes!

Rachael brought so many delightful pieces. It was incredible! Journals, pendants, earrings, ornaments and more! I wanted the entire world to see what she created! Rachael’s attention to detail and integrity in not only creation but in using materials that are upcycled was inspiring. Rachael pays attention to not only her workmanship but also each piece has depth and meaning. 

Tonight was not a retailer’s dream. It was much quieter than anticipated. However, as I sit here to write this for you after a fourteen hour day, I feel so much richer for the experience. I am so grateful. 

I have known Rachael for a few years, however, tonight, I really got to know her. I learned about her journey, what motivates her, that she loves restoration, but REALLY loves her miniatures. I learned how deeply she cherishes family, but maybe not every single one of the 20,000 photos that were stored as treasures marking family history. (frankly, some were just blurry!) I learned that like me, Rachael NEEDS to do meaningful work, not just work for the sake of it. She likes the layers, the journey, and the detail. I learned that this young human is a very old soul. Even her table is dressed in her grandmother’s antiques. (If you took a black and white photo of her, she could be from the 1920’s!)

In a life where we

Rachael Gootnick of Just Terrific

are so often running to the next appointment or hustling out the door, I sat, with my friend, and learned about her. There was no hustle or bustle, there was quiet, stories, laughter and sharing. We even discussed the idea of collaboration for an August exhibit (more on that later!)  

 

 

While we both have bills to pay and huge sales would have been lovely, tonight was full of riches for me. I connected to someone on a real level with art as the stage that was set. Regardless of age, art seems to break down walls. It opens up the opportunity for much more than a few sales. 

Rachael is a woman who is on a mission. Who is changing lives, one book at a time. I am honored to share her work and to call her my friend. 

blessings to you on this beautiful night, 

Susan

Gifted- A Curated Holiday Boutique

Gifted- A curated Holiday Boutique

The gallery is alive with the work of over twenty-five artists! It is such an honor to host such a lovely holiday boutique. The weekend was a busy one celebrating Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Now it is time to get to work! 

If you are in the Rochester Area– The gallery is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am until 8 pm. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday it is open from 10 am until 4 pm. 

If you are NOT in the Rochester, NY Area, no worries! You can still shop for the most wonderful and special gifts for those you love. Each day for the next twenty-five days I will post a curated collection from the boutique.
The great part is you won’t even need to leave your house!

Shipping is available for you! I will use USPS shipping and will be the actual shipping cost. You will notice the collection of gifts and then each gift individually. Select the grouping or an individual gift! 

Because these gifts are each very unique, it will be first come, first served! 


How it works: check in every day- this tour of gifts is not to be missed! Look for gifts for your special holidays, birthdays or just because! Each day will be labeled. For instance, Day 1 will be 1. Each part of the gift collective will be labeled 1a, 1b, 1c, etc. As soon as you see what you want- send me an email (Susan@CreateArt4Good.org) and I will invoice you and prepare your package for shipping! Once your invoice has been paid for I will notify you when it has also shipped. This event ends on the 20th! Items are available until they are sold. I will note what has sold as it sells. 

One last detail- your purchase actually support very worthy charities/good works. Please review this page: http://createart4good.org/pay-it-forward/ and let me know which you’d like to support.

I am so excited to share these amazing pieces of art! I hope you are too! Please share with your friends! Let the fun begin!

So excited to share Collection #1– If you’d like the collection it is $153 plus tax & shipping! First Come, first served. These are unique items unless otherwise noted – Do you have a special someone you’d like to purchase this for? Or perhaps you’d like one or two of the pieces, simple Email Susan@CreateArt4Good.org to make that happen!

Item 1a:  Book Necklace – Just Terrific $38

 

Artist Rachael Gootnick of Just Terrific

Item 1b: Handmade Journal with special papers- Belinda Brasley. 5.5″ x 8″$45

Hand bound Journal by Belinda Brasley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1c: Hand-turned pen- James Duffy $26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1d: A candle to light while writing! Peace & Joy Candles $12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1e: A calendar to keep your deadlines organized! Artist Susan Carmen-Duffy- Each month has a different piece of art that relates to trees. (Multiple available) $15

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1f: Jackie Baker of Artistic Threads hand printed this canvas bag. It is approximately 15″ x 14″ and is $12

Jackie Baker- Artistic Threads- hand printed canvas bag

 

 

 

checking in

When I began the process to form Create Art 4 Good over eight years ago, I had no idea where I would be standing today. As I write this, the snow is falling gently outside, the hum of the heat is clanking in the building I rent, and yet it is otherwise quiet. Most of the other humans who create in this building have yet to arrive. This moment feels so peaceful and so intoxicating I wanted to take a moment to notice it. 

When I quit my job in June to give all of my energy to this gallery, the artists I am honored to represent and the vision I have had in some form since I was seven years old, I had no clue how magnificent this would all be. For me, this is not about selling art. While that is a lovely byproduct of what I do here and also a rather necessary one, it is about the energy, the encouragement, and the beauty.

It is about a new artist thrilled that she got into a juried exhibition. It is about the look on her face that suggests dreams DO come true. 

It is about First Friday when the public makes their way through our studios, walking through doorways, appreciating art, enjoying conversations with the artists, and supporting their endeavors. 

It is about moments of creative facilitation, possibility, and joy. Watercolor on tables (and maybe hands), scraps of collage paper here and there and messy hands. It sounds silly, but it evokes such joy for me. 

It is about pushing through the dark moments of doubt to stay true to the path, the mission, and my heart. 

At this moment, I don’t think I could be more grateful. I am so incredibly excited about the next steps, the infinite possibilities and even the unknown. (this, by the way, is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I ALWAYS want to know what comes next, but I have learned that this process is not linear and that is okay- sometimes even great!)

This month has been all about gratitude for me, and for a few others who have decided to tag along. I wanted to thank you for your love, your support, every piece of art you have purchased here, every card, every encouraging word. 

I am off to begin the flip of the studio. In the next week, we shall go from a lovely small gallery to WOW, glittery and beautiful holiday boutique! 

See you soon?

Big huge love and gratitude, 

Susan

 

Mandala Musing

Textures and color create the whole

Long ago (about twenty-something years ago) I discovered quite by accident the art of Mandala. I was creating them before I had any clue what I was doing. The wonder of it all was incredible. I remember just drawing in a circle because it FELT good. It healed me, It inspired me, it was peaceful.

Then, at an art show, a fellow artist asked me how long I had been creating mandalas. I had literally no clue what she was speaking about. She laughed at me (rightfully so) and expressed in awe that I was creating in an intuitive rather informal way.  She then explained to me what I was doing. It was incredible and the passion I feel for Mandalas was then identified and nurtured. I haven’t walked away since. 

A few months ago, I put out a call for artists. You never know who might be willing to share their work. I decided I needed to be completely open to what came my way. I have not been disappointed!  I find everyone’s interpretation of the art of mandala to be inspiring personally. I am happy to say that several artists answered the call and as a result, I have hung a beautiful exhibit. There are experienced artists and novices. There is color and texture and wonder. There is joy, and work, and process. These brave artists have shared their souls with you. 

Art by Jamie Williams

The exhibit opens on Friday, November 2 and will be up until November 16. I hope you find some time to come and see this exhibit! It is spiritual, personal and delightful. It is an exhibit that helps you pause to think, take a breath and enjoy the moment. 

Join us… to share this beautiful exhibit. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Blessings and love, 

Susan

Art by Stephanie Yoo

October- Enlightenment

 

 

Life. The twists and turns that have inspired and kept me on the path have been nothing shy of incredible. I have taken chances I would have never believed, felt joys and successes that I only dreamt of. 

The path to the creation of my dream in Create Art 4 Good has been and continues to be a path of self-realization for me. You learn about yourself with the stresses and strains of a small business owner. You grow, you struggle, you blossom a bit. It is a journey I could have never anticipated but one I am incredibly grateful for. 

October 4th is the 5th anniversary of my first opening at the Hungerford. I am sure you have heard the story of how I got keys to my studio just about a week before, and even though I was working full time, I pulled off an opening (with buckets of help from my family) with seventeen artists represented. It was a proud and scary moment. The opening was wonderful, well received and feels like a million years ago. 

Now five years later, about sixty openings later so much has changed. In June I left my position of thirteen years to fully commit to this dream. I have changed studios, I have grown my business plan. I even have an official Create Art 4 Good checking account!  (hey,… it’s the little things) I want this opening to be a celebration. I want it to be a yes, it might have been more difficult at first, but I DO see the forest AND the trees. 

And I continue. 

To seek wisdom, beauty, and wonder. 

I continue 

To pay it forward, and to support my fellow human. 

I continue 

To hold creative opportunities and support art in the world. 

I continue 

to live this incredible dream.

Thank you for walking with me. 

with love and gratitude, 

Susan

 

Maia Horvath

This week opens the exhibit created by the wonderfully talented mixed media artist, Maia Horvath. I met Maia one evening during an artisan social. The social actually happened to be at her house.

When I entered her studio I was overwhelmed by amazing art that seemed to be seen from every possible corner of the room. (this is not to mention her intense art supply organizational system.) It was clear to me from the moment I met her that Maia has a plan. She sees things that no one could ever fathom until they witness her work. She organized her studio to be able to facilitate that vision, helping her to create amazing work. 

Maia is an incredible artist who has a heart as big as the ocean. Her sense of style and color is uniquely hers. She doesn’t follow anyone’s lead, she burns her own path. Maia is almost shy about her talents. She is certainly unassuming about her bushel basket full of talents and takes only enough credit to note that she is frugally creative. 

Another strength in Maia’s work is her sense of the feminine. Her woman all have a very particular sense of who they are. Each piece from a pendant to a painting has a unique look, a story, a dream. 

You owe it to yourself to take some time to see this exhibit! Don’t wait too long, the ladies go home with Maia by the 21st. They will then be shown at Maia’s booth at the Purple Painted Lady exhibit. 

I hope you are living your dream, I sure am! With love and peace – 

Susan

 

No Superwoman here….

So. It’s time. 

It’s time to admit that I am no superwoman. That life has gotten in the way and well, admit defeat. In a month I hoped to release my book, “Be Still and Listen”. I have set up social media for it, I have worked countless hours on it and still… I am not ready. 

It might be my fear of imperfection. It might be the rude and terrorizing inner editor, it might be…. goodness so many reasons! But the bottom line is still that I know it’s not right to push out a piece of work that is not where I want it to be. 

WELL! Doesn’t that just put me in a pickle! This feels like a failure to me. This feels like I have not kept my word. This feels sad. But like a pickle, sometimes they taste better if they have been in the brine for a bit, maybe my book needs a bit more stewing as well. 

There was a group at my studio a week or two ago. I shared with them my concerns about the book release. The calendar was ticking away the days and while I think the book is SO DARN CLOSE, it is not where I really want it to be. They were very supportive and suggested that the craziness in my personal life was a perfect excuse to not release the book as yet. While I appreciate their support, I believe the real reason is that it just not ready.

So, here is the irony- I FEEL so much urgency about this. But you know.. it’s not yet done pickling I suppose. I have issues with the fact that this book has been in the works for far too long. However, if I am following what I suggest YOU do in my book- the whole premise of the book is to, “be still and listen”.

So, dear patient and wonderful friends, that is what I am going to do. I suppose things will blossom on their own time, not when we wish to force it to. I am frustrated with this decision (again, that whole failure thing) but I do have peace with the fact that this is the correct decision. That said I shall end this missive now, as I have an anniversary exhibit to plan! Stay tuned, this book WILL be out soon. 

Thanks for your love, and your patience. 

My love and gratitude to you!

Susan

 

 

Celebrating seven years

It doesn’t seem possible that I began Create Art 4 Good seven years ago. I know it didn’t happen over night, It was a lifetime of gathering tools and clarification before making the big jump. Little did I understand at the time that what I craved ultimately was the key to my success. I just wanted to be me- all of me, and move through the world with that. I was frustrated that I felt like I had so much to share but had no venue in which to do so. 

Create Art 4 Good was a path to authenticity. I think that embracing all of who we are ultimately serves us and others perfectly. 

So here we are. Seven years later! I suppose I not only am excited about all that has been accomplished, but I suppose I am embracing my “seven year itch” with leaving my full-time day position to dedicate all of my time to Create Art 4 Good. This is such a huge dream come true, I cannot even believe my life!

Below find a little video, celebrating the last seven years. I am grateful to you for your love and support. On to the next 7 years! 

big love and bigger blessings, 

Susan

Opportunities @ Create Art 4 Good

So many good things happening at Create Art 4 Good- 

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This is an exhibit based on the art and creation of mandala. All media will be considered entry does not mean acceptance. There will be people’s choice award given at the closing reception to enter- find details here: Mandala Musing.

Holiday Boutique @ Create Art 4 Good: 

Looking for beautiful, upscale items for a holiday boutique that will begin on Friday, November 23 and end on December 22, 2018. This is a highly curated event and a limited number of artists will be accepted. I am still looking for:

  • ornaments
  • pottery
  • gift items
  • bath and body care

If you would like to take part, please contact Susan: Susan@CreateArt4Good.org

Submit the following:

  • Media you work in
  • website/social media pages
  • up to ten images of what you would like to offer at this exhibit. 

Irondequoit Pop up Art market– as of this writing the decision to move forward with this is HOURS old. If you would like to participate please see the details here: Irondequoit Pop-Up Art Market

Questions? Contact Susan

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June Exhibition

I can hardly believe that it is almost June. The new gallery is thriving with the most wonderful art. I feel really blessed to be a part of facilitating the most incredible exhibits for your viewing and collecting pleasures! 

In June we will welcome a talented gentleman that makes me want to write a children’s book so we can collaborate! Jonathan Schnapp’s work is incredible! His characters are charming and delightfully unconventional. 

Please save the date- come meet Jon and his cast of characters! 

Not convinced yet? Here is what Jon has to say:

Artist Statement
by Jonathan Schnapp

“My work in painting is a celebration of everything I love, including bright colors and quirky characters. Appealing to children and grown-ups alike, each picture is a page from a storybook. With the context gone, it is up to the viewer to decipher the rest of the tale.
But what the viewer may not guess is the personal story behind the paint. Having struggled with mental health issues for much of my life, the issue of who I am and my place in the world is always at the forefront. These paintings, as silly and child-like as they are, are often representations of frustration, confusion, and anxiety. The characters each take on an aspect of my experience.
Chickens represent cowardice, crocodiles bring deception, cows are apathetic. Seeing the characters interact with fantastical environments shows their limits and contradictions, but also their strengths. The result is a work that tells a fun story and teaches me something about myself.”

What’s not to love? Jon’s use of color and movement are positively expiring to me as an artist I LOVE the texture in this piece. I cannot wait to show you in person! 

I AM SO EXCITED!

See you soon! June is almost here!

blessings – 

Susan