Pop-Up at Thriftique

Over the weekend, I brought the majority of my smaller inventory to Thriftique, a nonprofit thrift store in Petaluma, CA. The primary objective of the shop is to raise funds for arts classes at local public schools. Due to budget cuts, many visual art, music and theatre classes are condensed or no longer offered at public schools. As an artist, I believe these classes are just as important as other subjects, especially for the creative souls out there. I was able to take art classes during every semester of high school, and I am not sure what I would have done without that creative outlet. 

My artwork will be on display and for sale in the shop until August 8th. I am very excited about the opportunity to connect with a shop that is giving back to the art community by raising money and providing a venue for local artists to display work. And who doesn't love a good thrift store? Below are a couple images of the work I delivered. Thriftique can be found at 2200 Petaluma Blvd North, Suite 515, Petaluma CA 94952. If you are interested in stopping by, the business hours are: Monday (9am-5pm), Wednesday through Friday (11am-8pm), Saturday (11am-6pm) & Sunday (12pm-6pm). 



Pause Button

When I first decided to add a blog to my website, I had these plans of posting every two weeks.....obviously that hasn't happened. Apologies if you were expecting some reading material on a regular basis. The recent changes in my life have opened my mind up to so many ideas that I've become totally overwhelmed. 

I figured I would jump right back into markets, festivals, and shows to network and sell my art when I started the move to Calfornia. The complete opposite has happened. I've decided to take a step back from the craziness of art market lifestyle so that I can focus on exploring new mediums, taking classes and finding a more substantial voice for my art. I will continue to work with acrylic & wood in an abstract style, and those pieces will be available for sale through my etsy shop (click Shop Now from the Main Menu) for the time being. To put my thoughts about exploration into action, I have signed up for a non-credit extension class this July at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in Oakland. The class I will be taking is 'Adobe Creative Cloud Intensive', a 3 day intensive course in Adobe's InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop. I am nervous but excited to be trying something new, and very excited to explore Oakland while I am there. The class starts on the 22nd of July, so check back here toward the end of Summer for a summary of the projects I worked on.

Also, check back in couple weeks for a post on a Pop-Up event I will be participating in at a thrift boutique in Petaluma, CA.


P.S. If you're interested in learning more about the extension classes offered at CCA, click here.



West Coast Move

On February 7th, I left Rhode Island to move to California...for a variety of reasons. More than anything else, I was in desperate need of a drastic change in my life. I needed to go searching for a sense of direction. I needed space to focus on myself. I needed new inspiration. My mind is quite a restless one, which is wonderful for my artwork, creative inspiration and drive. However, it does make it difficult for me to stay in one place for very long. And It had been a while since I had done something impulsive, so my brain was starting to go crazy with desire to pack up the car and go.

After spending two weeks on the road with my boyfriend, we landed in the north bay area of San Francisco. All those minor details like jobs, a place to live..... are still in the works...but thats okay with me. I feel incredibly grateful to be able to take a chance like this in my life. Everyday is filled with excitement and anxiety, inspiration and doubt---it really has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I would be lying if I said that there weren't moments I thought what I am doing is crazy, or that it won't work out for me, but I am learning to not listen to those voices and to follow my heart instead. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far, I am excited to share my journey with you. I'll be posting updates on projects, festivals, opportunities and other art related things here. Embrace the unknown y'all. 


P.S. Miss you dearly Rhody family and friends