AUGUST 11, 2015
Today I am beginning my first blog post by sharing some fun news. I am honored that my encaustic sculpture, "Quiet Emergence", was chosen to be included in the not BIG 3 Exhibit at the Mary Rezny Gallery. I am really looking forward to seeing all of the work and to meeting the artists. Below is more information on this exciting exhibit...
Regional, National, and International Artists Chosen as Finalists
M S Rezny Studio/Gallery is pleased to announce the finals in the national/international small arts juried competition notBIG(3) The Exhibit. There was no intended theme for this art competition; the only requirement was that the artwork had to be 12”x12” or smaller, including the frame. 128 artists from 28 states and 6 countries submitted 380 artworks for consideration. This year’s juror Nathan Zamarron, LexArts, Community Arts Manager, Lexington, selected 45 artworks to be in the exhibit. “While looking through the works I saw a vast array of aesthetic and approach to art making. The variety of media and subject matter made the selection process fun and engaging as well as challenging.” Although the work may be small in size, it is big in content.
Another thing for which I am grateful is that St. Joseph East of Lexington chose my 24" x 36" photograph/powdered pigment work, "Morning in the Garden" (below), to be part of their Healing Arts Initiative, in which they purchase work from artists in KY to be in the hospitals to promote a healing and calming environment for patients and their families. During my years as a social worker in hospice, I experienced firsthand the need for imagery and symbolism that radiates positive energy for all who need care and work in that environment. I applaud St. Joseph for providing the funding and commitment of time to make this a priority, and am thankful to have a small part in making the hospital a more healing environment.
I would also like to thank Berea Arts Council and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen for showing my work. You can find my photography at both galleries, and encaustic sculpture will be arriving there soon!
I am so happy to announce that my website (michellehaydenfineart.com) is up and running, thanks to hours of assistance and support from Greg Schloemer and Billy Lakes. These guys were awesome in their patience and knowledge, and really helped me bring my art website to fruition. I would highly recommend their services to anyone in need of help with computer issues or building their own site. You can find them here, at Sentinel Solutions. Big thanks to both of these guys!
I look forward to sharing updates about my art and process of making on this blog. Thanks for coming along for the ride! I love hearing from you, so please drop me a line if you feel so inclined...