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

Thursday, May 10th

The gallery will be closed tonight due to circumstances beyond my control. 

However, I will happily see you this Saturday, May 12th from 10 am to 3 pm!

Nancy Radzik and her amazing sculptures will also be there!

Transitions

Trust your path. 

It isn’t always easy. 

In the middle of a big HUGE transition, I find myself not reacting as most would think I should. This introspection seems steeped with the need to process every miniature decision as a major game changer. I see the world differently, opportunities with fresh eyes and what I currently live daily as the beginning of the past. 

I have believed for decades that everything will always be okay as long as you walk along with your conscience heart. These days I am challenged to live this out loud, as I transition from working comfortably for someone else to being on my own, making dreams and other wild things come true. 

So, live out loud I shall. 

Trust the path. It is yours.

blessings, courage, & love, 

Susan

Hopelessly empty

 

 

Maker’s May Bloom

I love the idea of reaching you exactly where you are. I am passionate about sharing the inspiration to create art. I want you to find that beautiful place inside of you and enjoy a safe and creative space. 

Maker’s May Bloom- walk with me and create during the month of May!

Tickets can be found here: Maker’s May Bloom

with great big love, 

Susan

Take a chance and explore your creativity and bloom in the month of May!

Opening in May

I met Nancy Radzik almost five years ago. She wandered into my studio and introduced herself. Nancy owned a gallery in Fairport at that time. We had the most lovely discussion. Nancy was a fireball of energy and but her demeanor a combination of refinement and completely down to heart. She has a way about her that makes you want to join forces!  I knew it I was collaborating on an exhibit with her.

Nancy is such a complex woman. She has so many layers, so many thoughts, so many ideas swirling around her. Our exhibit was a wonderful one. It was a benefit to each of us, the artists we represented and the charity we supported.What could possibly be better? Since then I am happy to say that Nancy has been an amazing support of Create Art 4 Good as well as me personally. She often steps up to my calls for art and in May, she will have her own one woman show. 

“dwellings…… remnant memories….. ” is an exhibit that will inspire deep thought and perhaps bring a memory to the top. Nancy has this to say about her exhibit:

“my collage/assemblage art pieces are meant as homage

to all the arts – poetry, music and literature – in that

I am dealing with quotes that I feel are significant

and worthy of remembering.

 

as a person who feels strongly about the importance

of recycling, my medium of choice is the found object

and reclaimed wood owning remnants of past lives.

incorporating fragments of wood, natural elements

and photos — blending the sacred, the everyday and

the humorous into imagined environs.

 

to borrow a quote from the artist, Asher Durand,

“the artist….will have seen more than the mere matter

of fact, but no more than is there and that another

may see if it is pointed out to him.”

 

I hope my work will point out something worth

remembering for the viewer.”

                                thanks for observing……. nancy radzik

I hope you join us May the 4th for Nancy’s opening. The exhibit will be up for the entire month of May- please make an appointment if one of the gallery times does not work in your schedule. 

Thanks for listening, 

Susan

Marketing Monday

It is part of my mission to support art and artists. One of the ways I try to support artists is to hold a monthly meeting called,”Marketing Monday. First, let me confess that I am not an expert in Marketing. I do have a passion for it. But I by no means have all the answers. I just want to succeed, I want others to succeed and I think we can do that together. 

 One of the reasons I began this group was because I truly believe that if we each live our fingerprint, the path we are meant to walk, we cannot help but to be successful. I also believe that we each have expertise that is valuable to fellow business person and it seems to make sense to share. 

Marketing Monday has been a well-attended meeting for several years now. We even had a retreat in January. This year, I asked attendees to carefully consider and write down their goals. It seems to me that we cannot work towards goals if we don’t even remember what they are. After doing so, they entrusted their information to me. Toward that success, I just sent an email to those who shared their goals with me. I reminded them of what their goals were in January and asked them to check in on their own success. 

My point is this. Most of us make goals, January should almost be renamed as “goal month” (or resolutions). Take a moment to take stock of your progress this year. How are you doing? What goals have you met? How can you reach a little higher? How can you attain what you really want? Do you need to revisit these goals? Maybe your expectations were too high, too low or not furthering your own personal mission.

remember!

Whatever your progress – I pray I hope you celebrate it. Whatever needs doing still, I hope you find a way to get your path secured, your feet on the ground and ready to take on the world. 

 

Get going on those dreams! 

 

with great big love, 

Susan

The 30 day creative challenge

So they say that anything you do can become a habit if you are consistent for twenty-one days. This thought along with my firm idea that everyone is an artist has brought me to the following idea. 

It’s spring, darn it. It is time for new life and color and wonder! 

My theory on art:

  1. EVERYONE (yes even you) is an artist. You might not paint with oil, you might not create twenty-foot murals, but YOU, my friend, ARE an artist. 
  2. Art is good- FOR EVERYONE- it is, I promise. You just have to let down your walls, forget the idea of what you currently perceive to be as perfect and breathe

SO- that said (of course you believe me, right?) I challenge you. To take some time for you, to be creative, for every single one of the thirty days in April.

FIRST, promise me you will do this, (for a minimum of 15 minutes every single day), please?!  If the theory of practice makes perfect rings true for you, I want you to understand that this isn’t just a doodle challenge. This is an invitation to bloom just a little bit this spring. This is an invitation to take a break from electronics, business, busyness and breathe. It is self-care, it is soul care and it is beautiful. That said, it is not going to be anything more than what YOU are willing to put into it. 

If you agree to this- I promise this will be fun, inspiring and make a mark on your spring. If you do this,  you will see that taking a moment (or at least 15) aligns your day in a totally new way. IF YOU DO THIS, you will have something new to discuss with friends, family, and coworkers and maybe inspire THEM to be creative!

See? it could be like a revolution! A Creative revolution! See the difference you have already made? We haven’t even started yet! 

So why am I doing this?

I honestly believe art makes a difference in (EVERYONE’s) life. This world can be filled with such negativity, with such incredible pain. I want to inspire beauty, light, hope. I, too want to concentrate on new life, creativity and centering my spirit. I have chosen the month of April because there are many new challenges in my life and I can think of nothing more wonderful than to celebrate with art. 

Why should you do it? 

  1. Because it’s FUN, darn it!
  2. Because taking a break from all those screens actually has health benefits
  3. Because, speaking of health benefits, the creation of art actually has some too!
  4. Because, as risks go, this isn’t too scary. Come on…. you know you want to!

SO, Join me! Let’s journey together and create something wonderful, grow a little and BLOOM! 

sign up here: The Thirty Day Creative Challenge

I hope you take some time to grow and bloom. This promises to be wonderful!

blessings & great big love to you, 

Susan

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International Women’s day

So when I think about the women who have inspired me throughout my life there have been countless women. I began this blog thinking about how many people have influenced me and inspirited me. I wanted to share a grocery list, naming each and how they have been so instrumental. Some I have a personal relationship with, some are historical or public figures who I have never had the honor of meeting. ALL have played a role in who I have become today.

Panic set in when I thought about this process of naming names and influences. I agonized a bit about who I might leave out, would they be hurt or not even notice? As I strolled through the list in my head I recognized quickly I would be blogging until July to name these names and describe their personal fingerprint on my life. This blog is not actually about naming names. Hopefully, it is about sharing that I have been touched by countless women. Clearly, you can look at any life and recognize that because we do not live in a vacuum, there are people responsible for inspiration and encouragement. 

So to you- who have walked this journey with me. To you have inspired my heart, my art, my life, my journey. To you who have shown me a different way, encouraged me to be better, to see clearer, to be kinder and love deeper. To you who have left me speechless, inspired my voice, given me fortification and courage, thoughtfulness or sweetness, laughter and peace. To you who have given me shelter from the storm, inspired the celebration, held my hand, shared a stone, given me color, taught me to serve, love and be bold. To you who have patiently encouraged the bloom, empowered my words, deeds, art and wholeness. To you who have taken the time to know, breathe with me and adventure with me. To you- who have left their fingerprint on my very heart. I AM SO GRATEFUL.

As women, we can be the very source of strength, courage, and life. We have the opportunity to raise up those around us and sing to the accomplishment of that. 

Today, I celebrate all the women who have given me the opportunity to be more than I ever thought I could be. Thank you from the deepest part of my heart for you- you have inspired me, encouraged me and given me more than any one soul could ever hope to receive

with deepest love and gratitude.

Susan

In celebration of those who have encouraged my bloom as a human

the celebration of art

For the last few years, I have invited the students at West Irondequoit Central School District to share their work in my gallery. This not only is one of my favorite exhibits each year, it is also in keeping with my mission statement. My goal in doing this is to encourage creativity among all people. The gallery shines with the hearts and creativity of these students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. 

This year is just as magical as previous years with one notable exception. Several of the most inspiring teachers you could ever have the honor to work with hung the exhibit on January 22nd. It was wonderful to witness. Each teacher working diligently to show each student’s masterpiece in just the right place. There was cooperation, collaboration, and wonder. I sat behind my desk, occasionally obtaining something necessary or working through a problem with those brilliant teachers. I couldn’t help but smile as I watched them work. They spoke with each other about different projects, techniques, and pride in their students. It was a unique and wonderful view of people who give so much. 

The show will open soon, artists who barely can hold a pair of scissors to those who apply to college for the sake of art will filter into the gallery. Soon the walls of my gallery will echo with the sounds of their excitement and pride. Soon their families will ooo and ahh over the work accomplished. They along with total strangers will react to the sweet little pieces of a kindergartener and be inspired by the ideas of others. 

ART should be celebrated! In a world filled with electronics and other distractions, these students worked to create something to inspire, intrigue or perhaps just to express their own ideas. I hope you find the time to visit. To celebrate! To show these students some love. 

In peace and gratitude, 

Susan