One of the first things I did after moving to Chicago was to focus on networking. I was in search of art associations and groups in order to find a niche in the Chicago art scene. The opportunities are limitless as I continue to learn about galleries, exhibitions, and professional art groups.
The first group I connected with was FusedChicago. I had already met several of the encaustic artists in this group from the conference I attended several years ago in Massachussetts. The chair person of Fused Chicago then told me about another local group, the Artist Breakfast Group. The artist breakfast group is a place where I have met art professionals and continue to learn about teaching and exhibit opportunities. The ABG is hosting their annual show next month at the Old Town Art Center and yesterday I had so much fun creating a coffee mug for the exhibit. Each exhibiting artist is required to donate at least 1 mug, proceeds go toward the group's expenses.
I decided to paint the red barn that is also in the painting I am planning on exhibiting.
October happens to be Chicago Artists Month. Caffeine VII opens October 8, and another exhibition I will have several paintings included is at Jenny Learner's Studio 303, Zhou B Art Center opening October 18.
Tonight is my artist reception at the Fine Arts building and it is a very busy art weekend with Chicago Art Expo also opening today. I will be visiting the expo tomorrow and will be going with my sponge-like attitude, take it all in and learn.