I recently attended a FUSEDChicago meeting where Janet BlochÂ shared tips about proposing exhibits to gallery spaces, writing artists statements and applying for grants. I met the wonderful encaustic artists whose work I had admired and scrutinized before, and was admitted into their circle as a member, yippee!
Pink Skys and Teardrops for Raoul by Jenny Learner
The meeting was held at Zhou B Art Center, whereÂ Jenny Learner,Â Dawn KormanÂ andÂ Barbette LoevyÂ share a studio space.
Jenny Learnerâ€™s textural work is so inspiring (Iâ€™m keeping tabs on her spring workshops to learn more).
Pink Trees by Jenny LearnerÂ
Details of Dawn Korman and Jenny Learner works
A vibrant heart by Dawn Korman.
Â All Better by Dawn Korman
The third floor hallway is filled with inspiration.
Installation by Martin BernsteinÂ
I used to roll my eyes when my mom would â€˜dragâ€™ us to galleries when we were kids. Now I still may not always â€˜get itâ€™, but I do have a much greater appreciation for the process of art-making, how pieces were constructed, and the message artists are trying to convey.
Zhou B Galleryâ€™s main floor has some intriguing art work.
Blue by Injung Oh Zhoushiz
withÂ Diamond Sale Study and The Rain
This wall is full of small music-box mechanisms that are wired to play a lovely tune. It is mesmerizing.
Movements Installation by Ethan Rose
After the very candid discussion on how difficult making a living in the art world is, I left (armed with Janetâ€™s book) wondering whether to pursue the career of a fine artist and get into galleries, or whether to becomeÂ licensed like Kelly Rae Roberts and Curly Girl Design. Is it possible to have both?
I like having money. It feels good to earn money and it feels fabulous to have money. I also know that the pursuit of a six-figure salary cost me chronological time, a social life, and almost robbed me of my (mental and physical) health. Either path (or both) will require hard work, dedication and be filled with steep learning curves for me.
Snow Queen by Jenny Learner
(colors better in real life)
Sassy Aphroditeâ€™s message of being extraordinary means I donâ€™t have to decide on one particular avenue just yet. My life has never conformed to standards, so I should not expect it to do so now.
The future will come when it is here. For now, it is enough to savor the moment, and enjoy the bliss of being in a vibrant creative community full of inspiration, aspiration, and support.
Gardening Angel by Dawn Korman