Friday was a very special day for Artfully Awear.
I was invited by the Ridgewood Arts Council in Ridgewood, NJ, to give a talk about my work and exhibit my handmade dresses in the Stable Gallery. An old stable which has been converted into a lovely art gallery, The Stable is a cozy, split level space in town. Upstairs, I displayed my dresses, and downstairs was set up for my presentation.
When guests arrived, they were met with food and drink provided by local businesses, and a member of the community playing classical guitar. There were between 50-60 attendees, which made for a warm and engaging crowd.
I told the story of Artfully Awear, from its inception to current projects, accompanied by lots of photos. I answered questions about my process and future goals, and even discussed some of my artistic struggles. At the end, Susan Knudsen, the Mayor of Ridgewood, presented me with a Certificate of Participation and a beautiful Dale Chihuly book - what could be more perfect?
Afterward, everyone mingled and I was able to meet so many members of Ridgewood's burgeoning art community. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by so many art appreciators and it was an extra special treat to have everyone see (and touch!) my art dresses.
Many thanks to the town of Ridgewood for the warm welcome! And extra special thanks to Drew Martin and Audrey Fink for organizing, and to Sherry Frank for hosting me.
Photos by Drew Martin and Dana Glazer.