Phipps Center for the Arts October 2016

I had the good fortune of being selected to show my art at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI  at their show celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the national parks this past fall. It was a national call (meaning anyone in the US could enter) and it was also a juried show (meaning a panel of judges selected who was accepted). My flag titled "National Greeter" - National Park Ranger Station was accepted.   It was the first time I had ever submitted work for a show so I really didn't know what to expect.  I was gobsmacked when I received an acceptance letter!  Ends up they had just finished renovating their galleries and they were also having a grand opening of the galleries in combination with the show. If a girl was going to get into a show for the first time, I have to say, I hit the jackpot. What an amazing evening it was! They had live music and dancing, themed food to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the national parks, actors were roaming the show dressed as various characters and on and on. And it was PACKED! (unlike the photo above) I was thrilled to see how they displayed my flag on a suspended partition. It's a funny feeling going to a show and searching for your work and discovering how it is displayed. It's like your looking for your child and they are hiding.  The big takeaway for me from the night is how much I love my family and friends and how I felt so loved that so many of them came out to support me. It was so crowded I'm sorry to say I didn't even get to greet all of them as it was just that packed!  I joked I felt I was at my wedding as I never moved from a few feet from my painting for about five hours.  So, thank you again to all those who came out that night! It was simply magical and you all really made a girl feel loved!