Thursday, September 24, 2009
Dishy Divas, a group figurative show, opens tonight in Lexington at New Editions Gallery. The show is co-hosted by Skirt Magazine, publisher of my favorite book, Life is a Verb - 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful and Live Intentionally, written by Patti Digh. She and David Robinson are helping me do just that; I'm halfway through the Life is a Verb Coaching Class, on my journey to living my wild and precious life.
Two of my mixed media pieces will hang in the show along with four journals to increase my presence in the gallery. I am looking forward to the opening. I think. This is my first 'real' exhibit and part of me wants to throw up. So far, for the past few years anyway, I've been engaged in the creative process for the sake of process. I know this doesn't change my focus, but there's something about putting my work out there that is... well, scary. What if I happen to overhear someone say, "ewwww, what's that," as they view one of my collages. I could spin around too quickly, accidentally spill a glass of wine on his or her shoe, smoosh a stuffed mushroom into a silk blouse, before issuing an apology in a mortified tone. That is so grown up.
I think I'll pay attention to Patti and David, who would probably be horrified by that thought, and have confidence. Sure, my pieces of art are my babies but any judgment is certainly more a reflection of the viewer than my talent. This is the first of many shows to come... only the beginning. So, with my chin up, I think I'll remember that and stay home, park on the sofa, laugh at the goofy acts on America's Got Talent!