HoHoHoHoHo…Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and all that jazz…
This has been an incredible year for the studio and next year looks to be just as fun…
2017 was simply amazing at Virginia Sperry Studio. First, I had two very successful open studios. I was glad to see new faces and some faces that I have been missing. It seems that my sculpture gardens are starting to really make an impact in the community which makes me super happy. I hosted Winters Mill High School students as well as a church group (sadly, my memory was not so successful and I have forgotten the name of the church.) The open studio in December was great, not just because of all the people who came here, but because of all the people who came out to all the different studios. We artists appreciate when you show up and buy our work more than you can possibly know. It can mean food on the table, shoes for the kiddies, not to mention a HUGE boost to our ego. So THANK YOU for coming out to see me!!!
In February I installed my paper rocks at the Horowitz Center at Howard Community College for a day. It was a great experience, trying out different installations and meeting some awesome people. I hope to do more of this next year. (More on that later.)
From April to June I exhibited at “Buickster Hall” in Taneytown MD. The gallery name is in quotes on purpose because, weirdly, it didn’t really exist. It was physically there but it did not exist on paper. Evidently the guy who started it was a scam artist. So I had a somewhat successful show but the gallery is now closed. It was one of the odder stories in my career.
In October I showed a few of my pieces in Salisbury CT at my dad’s retirement home. It was a nice show but for me it was one more chance to connect with my 96 year old dad who grasp of reality is steadily declining.
In the spring I started the commission for the Great Blue Heron. The Carroll County Arts Council and the Parks and Recreation Department got together and received a grant for a sculpture for Piney Run Park. I have been busy working on it throughout the year and it will be “planted” next spring. Right now, the heron is wishing for a few more wing feathers for Christmas.
As you may know, this is the year that my photography has finally stepped across the line from hobby to serious artistic pursuit. I took two amazing online classes through the International Center for Photography in NYC. I learned so much and I feel like I am ready to start putting my photos out there along with my sculptures. In addition, I applied to take a photography retreat in the south of France next year…and I was accepted! (More on that later). Here’s one of the more recent photos I took.
Soooooo….2018? It’s already filling up with wonderful things.
The heron will be finished and installed on March 22 (more details next month).
I am going to France in July for the photography retreat. I will be with 13 other students and 3 mentors to discuss what I’ve been working on and where I want to go in the future. (I am SUPER excited about this opportunity.)
I will be hosting two open studios again. It is possible I will be moving the date of the spring one but check back with me next month and I will know for sure.
I am planning to do another rock installation at the Eldersburg Library on June 20th…it will be open to the public and I will do a talk at the end of the installation…more on that in future newsletters.
I am planning a photography and personal history tour through Pittsburgh next spring.
And the studio will be filled with new, wonderful sculptures…
See you next year!!!