Saturday, February 4, 2012


I opened the blogger site and looked at the top line and it hit me, my last post was a month back! Yes, I dropped the ball on this one. My intend for this year was to be consistent with my blog and share at least once a week, but life got in the way. 
Note to self: explore options of mobile blogging so that I can post on the go.

Me, hanging pieces right before the opening.

So this is what I have been up to this past month.

Hanging the show

Remember, in my last post I was excited about a Art show I was chairing, an Un-Juried/Un-Censored show for all members of Connecticut Women Artists. My intent for this show was accomplished! We had 130+ art pieces in all mediums from 65 participating artists!

Friends and fellow artists Rachel and Amy helping hang the show

The opening and closing receptions both well attended, good media coverage, seamless flow of drop-off, hanging, gallery sitting and pick-up. Some old friends and some very inspiring new friendships helped along the way. The result a true representation of the collective work of this very inspiring and powerful group of artists.

Opening Reception

But like any project an art show involves a feasibility study, careful planning, stating requirements, identifying resources, delegation of work, implementation, deployment and maintenance. And as a chair you are a project manager who has to be in absolute control of all the steps, on top of things and be ready with a viable Plan B. In short a lot of work!! 

On Opening Reception

The show opened on the 14th of January and closed with a closing reception on the 27th. We had sitters who volunteered to keep the gallery open for viewers to come in and see the art in between. Part of the proceeds from this show was donated to the Warm Shelter for women in Hartford, My Sisters Place.
Our donation as an organization encouraged a lot of attendees to donate more. And we were able to raise around $1000 for the cause. 

Live Drummers in the closing reception

And must say we all had a lot of fun in the process, good artwork, good conversations, some drumming, some dancing and a lot of laughter. Can't wait to do it again next year!


  1. Fantastic work and community involvement. Bravo Miss Joy!

  2. Fabulous Joy!! Amazing all the funds you helped raised for the women's shelter!! Your hard work really paid off in more than one way!! Congratulations!!

  3. It's good to see you back on your blog. I never thought about all the skills involved in bringing off an exhibit--and you've described them well--which makes me think you bring a lot of entrepreneurial spirit to the whole venture. Congratulations on your exhibit and on the warmth of body and soul you'll be bringing to so many women.

  4. @ Corina.. I had so much fun doing it! But well the main intent was to give all CWA members a simple platform to show off their work :)

    @ Hannah.. Thank You! I have been told that a few times earlier too! I guess I never really shut-off that side of my thought process.

  5. Hi JOYita

    I agree with I read your inventory of tasks related to bringing an exhibition into being...I was reminded of my gallery owning days and thought to myself 'Spot on!' You covered all the bases.
    Artist/entrepenuer is a powerful and important model in the Art/Life community.

  6. @ Donna.. Thank you! I tried :) It was a successful show and now I am working on the next in May :)


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