Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 - Time To Reconnect!

Hello blog world!  How I missed you so. It has been too long...I took the time off with the intention of exploring other avenues.  One of the avenue I explored was Facebook, and it became my venue for social media interaction.  While I enjoyed exploring Facebook, it is not the same as blogging and I have come to the realization that they are both valid in their own right! This break is a sort of unplanned sabbatical from blogging. What have I done this past year?  I have learned a lot and participated in many wonderful events. Here is a recap of my journey to get the year on a roll.

overview of the exhibit wall
Started 2013 with the closing reception of my "A Visual Rythm" spotlight artist exhibit at Riverside Community Arts Association. It was a great show and several pieces found new homes.  A special thank you to Mark Schooley, RCAA director for his support.
hanging with my biggest supporters, my family
Charles Bibbs and Maurice Howard showing support
"Site to Studio" was a great group show of Plein Air Artist of Riverside members taking a painting done ala plein air and then create a bigger version in studio, I was honored to be included and had great reception at Jacobs Gallery of Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation.
the small piece "plein aire" the large painted in studio
just love the use of citrus as part of the bouquet during the reception
January  also saw my participation in the "Let it Snow " exhibit at SCA Gallery.

February, the month of love started with participation in Corona Arts Colony "You Got To Have Heart"  Then onward to the celebrated black history month with "The Eight" exhibit at Baldwin Hill Crenshaw Plaza.  This exhibit is part of the Pan African Film and Arts Festival
"The 8th" at the end of the show with our organizer, Charles Bibbs
Honored to be exhibiting with Manuelta Brown, Larry Poncho Brown, Viveca Mays, Demar Douglas, Antionette Hanson, Maurice Howard and Delgreta Brown. Organized by Charles Bibbs far left.
Featured artist, my fellow African J'abril Ndoye and his lovely wife Mary

Talk about giving back. I have always enjoyed this event and happy to participate because it is my way of giving back to the community!  The Friends of RCCD Forensics benefited from the sale of the pieces donated by artists!
Greg Adamson live performance to auction off at the forensics!
we were trilled to belly dancing at "Art on Victoria"
After years of watching my friend Jan Harvey become a master in solar printing, I took one of her workshop and finaly had a chance to utilized some of the photographs I have been taken over the years!

Oak Glen is a town known for its famous Apple pies and in April we set up booths with the Yucaipa Vision Quest in Arts in the Wildlands and even made it into the local newspaper.

Fallbrook biggest annual event is the Avocado Festival. This year, I invited my friend Veronica  to share a booth with me and we had so much fun. She always light up the space with her conversations!

April brings may flowers as they say, first Olive market  event of the year was  April flower 

friends and supporters Karen and Gwen showcasing their new acquisitions!

and then May was loaded with my work being juried into the National Orange Show.  Participation in "Treasures in Another Garden" and "Art In The Park".

my non-themed entry at the national orange show
my citrus themed entry for the national orange show exhibit
display at Redlands Art Association's "Art In The Park"
Early summer was the second Olive market show, a trip up to Big Bear lake and big reception at  yearly exhibit at Rejuvenate Chiropractic Spa. I will be remiss if I did not mention RCAA "Hot in the City" members show!

Fall is my busiest season of the year and last fall was probably my busiest thus far...
I started the seaon with two fundraising events. First an event titled "Evening of Elegance" a fundraising for "Kids Rock Free Combo Band Program" 

these are priceless guitars signed by famous musicians
The second fundraising event was Mayor's Celebration for Arts and Innovation in Riverside for which I donated  2 pieces with 100% proceeds to the Riverside Arts Council.
with Drew, Riverside Art Museum director being entertained at Riverside Mayor's Arts Innovation
I have to tell you, there were two new juried show I applied and was accepted with the photo etching that I did in Jan's workshop.  The first was California State Fair Art show.  Not only was I accepted, I also won monetary award for Merits...woot woot!
For years, I always missed the boat applying for this southern California exhibit "Cal Poly Pomona Ink & Clay" and I made a promise this year that I will be on top of it and that I did. I applied and got in. I felt honored to be juried in since the exhbit went national and is now open to artists in the U.S. not just Southern California!
ink and clay entry
October started with the third Olive Market installment show and then followed by my best selling fall event "Art, for Heaven's Sake" it is always an enjoyable show where artists reception is full of awesomeness!

Since the cessation of Artfest, I have been looking for another retreat to attend.  I found "The Call of the Wild Soul Women" which I attended in November in Petaluma.  There were so much goodness, it deserves its own blog post, stay tuned!  Here are some of the other fall events...
great spread at Riverside Art Museum (RAM) welcoming delegates
Art 2000 members Maurice and Paula assisting with welcome

Art 2000 artists Vivica Mays with Charles Bibbs presenting one of Vivica's prints to the delegates

One of the biggest highlights of 2013 for me was my participation with five other artsts; Joanna Mersereau, Terry d. Chacon, Patricia Rose Ford, Dan Soury and Tim Colbert  titled :Studio Tour 6.  I was excited when we started the planning and as we got closer to the date, doubts crept in due to stress and other mind games. Even though it was a lot of work, it allowed me to showcase works that I have not shown before and have not been seen as a collective series. Open studio was well received and can't wait to start planning the next one. I received so many positive comments and even inspired few artists friends who came and started thinking about setting up their studio!!

guests enjoying art at the open studio
guests enjoying art at the open studio

guests enjoying art at the open studio
Debra #1 hard working artist advocate showing support= purchase!
I hope these glimpses have allowed you to see what has kept me busy this past year. The new year have lots of things brewing and I am embracing the universe as it showers its grace with abundant blooms!
Please help spread the word and please share and leave me a comment or two,  much appreiated!



Sue Mitchell said...

Adeola - I'm exhausted...what a year you have had. Congratulations on all your success!...sue

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Jomama said...

Wow, you have been busy! Keep it up!

HappyDayArt! said...

You're amazing Adeola! I'm so glad you decided to post this recap so I could see the many things you've made and just how much energy you have. I'm happy I got to meet you, sit with you and get to know you and I hope that our paths cross again. You are a marvelous person!

Catherine WItherell