Well, the big day I have been working towards for the better part of a year has finally come and gone. It was the opening, artist talk, and book release for "Cut It Out: Cut Paper Art by Heather Clements" at the Bay County Public Library. Now I can relax.... NOT. I have put off many things in order to concentrate on my solo exhibit at the library, and now I have a million things to do, including two big commissions. Those commissions are both going to be really awesome to create, though!
But I digress, back to talking about the opening.
The artist talk:
This was what I was most nervous about. My artist talks before have been more autobiographical and surface level in relation to the concepts in my art. But with the opportunity to talk to a large group of people about my art, this time I decided it was time to dive a little deeper. Sometimes I am afraid to talk too in-depth about the meaning behind my art, because I'm afraid of scaring people off. They may be turned off by my message, and I still have to sell art and make a living. But how can I passionately make art with so much meaning and not talk about that openly? So I spent a lot of time preparing for this talk, complete with images of art dating as far back as high school. I shared researched facts, quotes, and raw emotions on some of the things I think about when creating my art. And to my surprise, everyone seemed to really like it! I got a lot of compliments on the talk!
My first published book release:
I sold out! People even had me sign their books like I was some sort of writer or book-publisher or celebrity or something.
Did you want a book? Okay! You can buy one at lulu.com!
Some photos from the opening:
|The beginning of my artist talk at the Bay County Public Library!|
|Selling my books!|
And thanks to Tony Simmons for writing such a great article for the News Herald! To read the full article online, click here.
Have I mentioned how much I love being an artist? Well I do. A lot. Yay!
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