Mixed Media Artist, Debbie Overton is participating in the Glynn Art Association, New Year 2010: Expand Your Horizons exhibit January 4th thru 31st at 319 Mallery Street, Saint Simons Island, Georgia. The Opening Reception is Thursday, January 7th from 5 to 7 PM.
From the shop of Amanda Davie
From the shop of Brenda Wampler
From the shop of Carrie Todd
From the shop of Christine Goldbeck
From the shop of Debbie Overton
From the shop of Elaine Brady Smith
From the shop of Mary Rork-Watson
From the shop of Roxanne Mendoza
From the shop of Stephani Gorman
From the shop of Sue Pieper
For this weeks interview I decided to give each of the Marketplace Shop members the opportunity to share with you "Why am I an Artist"? Four of the members plus myself responded to the question and I hope you find our replies as interesting as I did. If you will click on the artwork above each artists name you will be taken to their individual shop where you will find unique one-of-a-kind works of art.
Sue Pieper ~ The act of taking pencil to paper and watching a face emerge, or to take a coil of wire and a handful of beads and end up with a piece of wearable art in the form of a necklace, or to take assorted papers, pictures paints and glues, apply them onto a canvas and end up with something that tells a story, is all like magic to me! And lets not forget taking sheets of paper, some thread & needle, and make a book-how cool is that?
Carrie Todd ~ I believe I am an artist because God has given me the desire, the creativity and the inspiration to be one. My heart is happiest when I am creating, and that happiness feeds my soul. I know the times in my life that I struggle, the times that make me question who I am and what I feel, these are the times that being an artist is the easiest. I know that I am doing what my soul longs to do. Albert Einstein said "True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist" I believe this to be true in me.
Elaine Brady Smith ~ I stand in my kitchen gazing out the window, wearing my paint jeans and an old tee shirt, pouring a glass of iced tea. My mind is drifting to the sounds of neighbors mowing their lawn and their kids playing kick ball in the back yard. There are times when I look at these people and think of what it might be like to be them. They go to full time jobs Monday through Friday, they collect nice paychecks each week, their homes are clean and tidy, they eat regular meals with family and manicure their yards every Saturday morning. I'm almost sure they have plans for the rest of the weekend that include going to the movies, riding bikes around the neighborhood, or just sitting on the porch to watch the sunset. Life for them seems simple and predictable and mostly routine.
Then in a nano second my mind snaps back to my own reality. I must get to work. Get down to the studio and get some paint splashing on a fresh canvas. If I work on this piece first, then while that dries, I can work out the problems on that one. Then maybe I will heat up the wax and finish the encaustic piece that has been needing attention. Maybe I will make some new papers today. I saw something on the Internet, a technique that I have been wanting to try. My mind is racing with ideas. I must do some sketching later today, work on those drawings that I was thinking about yesterday. And oh my gosh, I also have that picture that I told Mr. Martin I would have framed for him by this week. The little voice in the back of my head reminds me that I have a rapidly approaching show to get ready for by November. Better look at the calendar and see how many days are left for creating. I'm thinking about my trip to the flea market this week, and hoping I will find some new treasures to put into my art. The music is playing in the background, and I am busy, lost in my thoughts, my own personal zen, and I am loving every minute of it.
Being an artist is something that has been hard wired into my DNA. I recognized the creative feeling inside from a very early age and it has never left me, not for a minute. The creative side of me never stops thinking and dreaming and conjuring up ideas...not even in my sleep, which unfortunately causes a good many insomniac nights. There will never be enough time to create all I want to create. Being an artist is such an intrinsic part of my being, that it cannot be separated from who I am. I know I get angry at times when normal life interferes with my creativeness and I have to admit that I do have moments that I get frustrated at not being more normal in my thinking. But that doesn't last long until that creative feeling kicks in and says, "Hey, I have an idea for you right now!!!". I look at my neighbors and think, how boring. That is not the life for me.
Being an artist gives me the freedom to be completely me.
Christine Goldbeck ~ It's the love of being like a kid, I think, that makes me an artist. In the act of creating, I am wondering, experimenting, discovering ... I love to write, to paint, to make photographs, to combine things and find that they work or to find that they don't work and have to start over. It's pure joy to live in the moment and that is what I do when I make art. I don't think about that construct called time or those boundaries that society puts on us or that we place on ourselves. I just am ... it is pure joy.
Debbie Overton ~ I remember the first time I was called an “artist”….it was 2nd grade, Ms Denison’s room. It was snowing and we were all lined up along the window wall with our papers and crayons. There was a red bird perched on a tree limb and the snow was building up on the limbs. I started drawing that little bird with all the snow falling around it. Over the years I have tried my hand at many art related projects….some good, some not so good….but I was trying and learning new things. As I got older, I found other activities that took over, but I still did what I called “doodling” in my little locked journals!
Debbie is celebrating and you are invited.....
It's time for a giveaway to celebrate my Birthday, May 4th and Mother's Day, May 10th! If you would like to have your name included in a random drawing for a fine art print of my original artwork "Mixed Feelings" visit my MMCA Marketplace Shop, then go to my blog and leave a comment telling me which piece in my shop is your favorite. The print is 8"x8", gallery matted, titled and signed, ready to frame in a standard 11"x14" frame.
Winner will be announced on May 11th!
Posted by Debbie Overton.
MMCA Marketplace founder, Debbie Overton is this weeks featured Woman in Business on One Woman Marketing. One Woman Marketing is an online community run by marketing consultant, Kelly Watson. Whether you’re running your own business, working for ‘the man’ or searching for a job, you can experience success today using talents and strengths you already have.....this and more on Kelly's Blog.
Middletown PA local paper, "Press And Journal" spotlights MMCA Marketplace with front page promo, as well as press release and color picture.
For more photos of the exhibit please view the Marketplace Exhibition Album in the upper right sidebar.
The above photo provided courtesy of Christine Goldbeck, who was also kind enough to host this first time exhibit featuring artists from the MMCA Marketplace, an online marketing venue owned by Debbie Overton.
Thanks ArtBeet for the article on our exhibit!
Although, we are a diverse group of women who meet often - on the World Wide Web - and most of us chat daily - via email, forum or cell phone - we have not exhibited together in a single location.
Arts on Union in Middletown, PA will open its doors to host us as a group during the month of February. If you are in the Middletown area please stop by and visit our exhibition.
Charter member, Christine Goldbeck is the owner of Arts on Union, a gallery & studio located at 203 N. Union Street.
Members participating include Christine, Aileen Roberts, Amanda Davie, Elaine Brady Smith, Patsy Reeves, Roxanne Mendoza, Sue Minier, Sue Pieper and Debbie Overton.
The following Marketplace members have ongoing and upcoming exhibits. Please feel free to contact each artist listed with any questions regarding their exhibits. They can be reached via email through their Marketplace shops.
October 23 - 26 - Learning & Product Expo: Art! Pasadena, CA
Ongoing exhibit - Arts on Union, 203 N. Union St, Middletown, Dauphin County, PA
September - Juried Members Exhibit, GlynnArt Gallery, 319 Mallery St, St. Simons Island, GA
October - Juried Members Exhibit, Okefenokee Heritage Center, Waycross, GA
December - Juried Members Exhibit, GlynnArt Gallery, 319 Mallery St, St. Simons Island, GA
December - Advanced Juried Members Exhibit, Jekyll Island Arts Association, Goodyear Cottage, Jekyll Island, GA
Elaine Brady Smith
Ongoing exhibit, changes every two months - Art and Soul Gallery, #13 - Upstairs, 900 Market St, Lemoyne, PA
Ongoing exhibit, featured artist Jan 2009 - Middletown Arts Collective, 3 S Union St, Middletown, PA
Ongoing exhibit - High Country Art and Antiques, Blue Ridge, GA
Ongoing - Fall landscapes now showing, Flat Iron Gallery, 105 S Division St, Peekskill, NY
October 4 - 12 - Garrison Art Center, 23 Garrison's Landing, Garrison, NY
December - Holiday Show, Garrison Art Center, 23 Garrison's Landing, Garrison, NY
December - "Small Gems" show, Town Hall, Cornwall, NY
December - "Jewels on the Walls" show, Art Society of Kingston, Kingston, NY
Ongoing - The Flying Pig, N6975 State Highway 42, Algoma WI
October 3 - 5 - 11th Annual Country Heritage Color Tour, 4265 Kidder, Almont, MI
Tags: Art and Soul Gallery, Art Society of Kingston, Arts on Union, Carrie Todd, Christine Goldbeck, Debbie Overton, Elaine Brady Smith, Flat Iron Gallery, Garrison Art Center, GlynnArt, High Country Art & Gallery, Jekyll Island Arts Association, Learning & Product Expo: Art!, Middletown Arts Collective, Okefenokee Heritage Center, Patsy Reeves, Sue Minier, Sue Pieper, Teemie Eschenburg, The Flying Pig
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