The extreme highs and lows of 2020 needed to be shared in a blog. I know we are only into March, and since my opening reception on March 12 it feels like we a further into 2020 than we actually are!
3 years after launching my art (see blog), I decided to re-connect with artists Angela Teeter for another show. It was a great way to celebrate 3 years into the art world and March was also Women’s History month. A perfect time for a small works exhibition in Downtown Rogers, AR at Studio 300.
The start to my year had been busy with lots of behind the scenes work going for various events. The week of our show, we had lots of great press and social media groups step up and help us to promote our event. Tuesday morning we met with KNWA / FOX News did a live interview on Tuesday morning to help us promote our event. Here is the tv footage –
The very next day we were invited to FOX News studio and asked to do an interview with Goodday NWA. Here is the aired footage –
Other press includes 5 news online, social media groups such as NWA Girlgang, HappeningNWA, Rogers Art on the Bricks, Go Downtown Rogers, Art on the Creeks.
The whole week leading up to our Opening reception on March 12, the weather was predicted rain, which we were dreading. Looking back on it, that worry was nothing compared to what was ahead of us all! On the day of the opening reception, all of a sudden it was sunny. The news reports on the spread of COVID-19 had also increased, and people were practicing social distancing and elbow bumps, hence the photo’s shown below (taken at our opening reception). There were a handful of friends that did not attend the opening reception as they had recently traveled elsewhere, due to their health concerns and were being cautious. I appreciate them for having this in mind and planning on coming! The evening went by very quickly and the attendance was great.
Saturday March 14 onward, more news reports broke out about schools temporarily closing, many office workers set up from home. Many none essential businesses temporarily closed. As I type this blog, people around the world are quarantined off and practicing social distancing for when they do need to leave the house for food or exercise. Studio 300 where the Small Works Exhibition for Angela Teeter was scheduled until May 1 2020. Due to government guidelines, Studio 300 is temporarily closed until further notice.
So what’s happening during quarantine for me? I have been supporting my husband who is part owner of a small local business. My art temporarily took a back seat like many creative friends I Know. I have been fighting to get back in my studio, which is looking likely this week! I am remaining hopeful as we move forward. I’ll be posting on my social media pages soon!