Or not so much.
Akron Art Prize '15 Finale was Saturday night, at a funtastic party inside the Akron Art Museum.
In the Midnight Garden did not win or place. But it did show.
And that is a Win.
The Official Winning works are all phenomenal pieces created by amazing people. No, that's not pinched congratulatory bullshit. The High Craft works are amazing with breathtaking creativity and craftsmanship. The artists, from my interactions with them, are great people. It is a privilege to know and exhibit with them. They are pushing me to new, higher levels in my own art. Win.
Bonus? Five of the winning entires were displayed at the same Craft Gallery, as me:
Zeber-Martell/ ArtWalls. A WIN for Craft! Maybe some of the magic will rub off?
And it's National American Craft Week! Double Win!!!
Some of the coolest bits from the last two months.
- Meeting, mingling, talking craft with the Starr's, some of the most fascinating folks I've been privileged to acquaint.
- Watching a Master of Social Media at work.
- Downtown Akron Partnership and all they do. Whoa!
- Claudia Zeber and Michael Martell and their extraordinary staff.
- Artists of Rubber City: incredibly welcoming and gracious with a wealth of talent.
- SAQA meet and greet.
- Urban Eats.
- Quilt stories with the patrons.
- French Macaroons. And wine.
- Muslim girls in hijab's taking selfies with my quilt. " Your work is clean," they said, smiling. "Thank you, " I smiled back. On reflection, the quilt in question is reminiscent of Islamic art. No human imagery or nudity. Geometric. Sinuous calligraphic floral fabrics. Very cool new perspective.
- " The best parts [of the quilt] aren't visible in the app photo." Patrons referring to the hand quilting, heavily pieced back, and the flowing drape.
- Learning that quilts show best when interactive. "Please, let me show you...." "Feel this drape..." "Touch the hand quilting....." Folding it back to view the awesome backside. That is Craft.
- Sharing my WIP images garnered more interest and enthusiasm than the exhibited piece!
- Celebrating the Finale with family and friends, old and new.
Will I enter next year? Of course! No idea what, but it will be a interesting process, as my current work is aesthetically very different from " Garden". Integral bits remain: quilts with heavy thread hand quilting for texture and dimension. Venturing into series and surface work.