Happy Lunar New Year! Today by accident I learned that it is LUNAR Year not LUNATIC year! How funny. At least I began with a big laugh! I had an eventful weekend, a popup show reception at Slo Curio in the Rino district here in Denver. G, the owner of this lovely boutique gallery, , opened just the Fall of 2018, orchestrated the show so beautifully with her precise aesthetics. The First Friday Art Walk crowd filled the lively space and the conversation and laughter continued through the late evening. My sincere gratitude to G and Ryan. Oh one more, I have one more announcement to share. Yes, I FINAlLY got accepted by Cherry Creek Art Festival! Wohoo! It seems to be that the most positively "lunatic" New Year has just began after all and I am so ready for the occupied studio time! Keep on printing!
Happy New Year and happy 2019! Whew, what a eventful holiday season it was! Gatherings with all kind faces over tasteful meals are always how I remember my holidays and as usual I am glad to be over too. I am heading back to the studio tomorrow for the first day this year and continue to create my colorful world to bring hopefully to multiple shows this year again. Getting into a show is a costly process and needs a grade size good luck but once you are accepted to the show, it is all your show, do your best to create your own universe under a 10' x 10' "mobile gallery." A kind invitation from a new boutique gallery in the Rino district, Slo Curio, for a pop up show in February is a certainly exciting event to fulfill early this year. My sincere commitment to this printmaking world is just as same as the one I had four years ago, believing in what I do with my hands, senses, and visions. Keep on printing!
First of the 2018's last month. I receive countless holiday show &sale invitations everyday through e-mail, instagram, and "analog" mail. This social media society certainly has helped the small arts/crafts markets to be much more recognizable entities in a larger market and so many people here in Colorado are so conscious about supporting these small entities with a pride. While I am not quite in the loop of this show/sale market right now, I have been creating new prints steadily in the printing studio since the end of the last summer show. Rebuilding my good work inventory for the shows in 2019 is the sole focus of my everyday now. I sincerely thank you everyone for your genuine support this year. I feel so comfortable with where I am now and I will be continuously printing as long as I am feeling this way. Life is good, keep on printing. And happy holidays!
Just returned from a trip to Paris and readjusting my mind set. Aesthetically pleasing elements are abundant in Paris and saw many common threads to the Japanese culture, especially the ones in Kyoto. Believing in the tradition yet delicately evolving while preserving quality and pride seems to be a key ingredient in the both culture and I profoundly appreciate that. I only wish I had more time to roam around the city, alone (No. offense to my husband but taking the time in my own pace is so important sometimes). Back to Denver and remembering a fun event at DAM in October. The demo went successfully and I am so grateful for many kind and enthusiastic audience. As Thanksgiving weekend is coming up in next week, I must accelerate my production, with careful and playful prospects. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and I thank you for your continuous support. Keep on printing!
Fall falls. October arrived in the speed of Japanese Shinkansen! I am faithfully back to the studio working my bottom off to rebuild my print inventory, for 2019. The studio is surprisingly quiet, despite of many new classes have started in ASLD.
I am loving the tranquility though, no fighting for space or press, really. Well I have one exciting event news to share. Starting October 6-7, Denver Art Museum will be inviting a good number of local printmakers for demo and I AM one these printmakers! Wohoo! I am scheduled to do my demo on October 27-28, 12noon-3pm. It will be a small printmaking demo due to the limited availability for the press at the museum.
Please come say hello, I will be smiling.
Life is good. Keep on printing!
It's the Labor Day weekend. A hint of the fall has landed. Here is a quick image of my latest show announcement via MailChimp, a fabulous free marketing mailing site. I will be showing at Stanley Arts Festival, organized by Cherry Arts. This one too is my first time and frankly I do not know what to expect. I visited "the site" for the first time a few weeks ago and sensed a good vibe with the patrons at Marketplace during a weekday lunch hours. The show, as far as I understand, is relatively a cozy art show, a charming way of saying "small", but hopefully the show quality beats the size. It has been a good summer and I am grateful for all these opportunities. I hope you have a chance to stop by my tent (#33) during this two days and three hour event. I have many new, fun, and happy prints to show you!
Hello July. The real heat kicked in and I began to melt...Summer is not my kind of season and I long for the season already.
Speaking of summer, so obviously, my annual Summer Art Market show was truly a success. Despite of the hottest weekend we welcomed, the attendance was phenomenal and I truly thank all of you who showed a genuine support for my work. It is always the most humble, grateful and delightful moment of my new carrier. As I had wished for three shows for this summer, my wish came true. Wohoo! The next show is in Crested Butte in the first weekend of August and I will have another one in September for Cherry Art in Stanley. So naturally July is my back to studio time, being productive to refresh my inventory and "show off" my prints to the world again! Life is good! Thank you, everyone!
Eight more days to Summer Art Market. I am so ready. Last year I stocked up many frame moldings, cut into the sizes I needed so this year cutting mat boards, foam boards and glasses was probably the most time consuming part, besides placing all my prints on mat board and assembling all together at the end.. Each year I feel more comfortable for this process, sensing no more panic and anxiety. My framed prints are mainly two sizes now, which makes all the above work a lot simpler. Square images are also great for less dimensions to work with. Yes, less is more, right? Here are a snap photo of my new works, anxiously waiting for going to the public! The date is June 9th & 10th. I will be at booth#91, almost the same location as the last year. I hope you can come to the show and see all my new works, and hopefully smile. Life is good.
Back to Denver, back to "LIFE. As soon as our airplane touched down at DIA, the reality kicked in. Our annual trip to Japan was full but for this trip, I spent a lot of time with my elderly mother (and father) who became age 85 while my husband and I were visiting. A tasteful most round birthday cake with fresh strawberries certainly put a bright smile on her face (and me who enjoyed a generous piece!!). My mother is doing super despite of the circumstances she had to go through in the early this year and I always feel amazed and proud how her will to stride for her life ensures her being. Our timing for the cherry blossoms was also nearly perfect. A day hiking trip to Mt. Yoshino in Nara was surely worthwhile and we celebrated the beauty of the season one step at a time toward the peak. The side trip to Matsuyama of Ehime on Shikoku island was joyful with so many unexpected encounters such as a charming and humble most printmaking gallery who has represented the works of Umetaro Azechi, "the one." Tokyo visit was productive as usual but the city is SO packed with its residents and tourists and I could not imagine how it will be when the city hosts the 2020 Olympic! My prep for the Summer Art Market is on going. I have just sent out a campaign mail yesterday and it made me feel that my summer art show/sale season has officially begun. Life is good.
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