Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Deanna's Excellent Artistic Summer Adventure

I've been busy getting ready for my summer adventure. I'll be gone for almost a month! In a couple of days, I'm headed to the east coast for the start of my adventure:

Part 1 -
The Second National Encaustic Painting Conference near Salem, Massachusetts. I went to the first one last year and had an amazing time. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the artists that I met last year and meeting new ones.

I'll be staying with Kate Miller and Gwen Plunkett, who I just met in February when they came to Dallas for the College Art Association conference. We hit it off and I'm glad that I'll be able to spend some more time with them.

I'll be staying on a couple extra days after the conference. Gwen and Kate have both signed up for post-conference workshops and I may try to get into one of those or I may just do some sight-seeing. Or I may try to recreate my "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" adventure to Provincetown.

Part 2 -
New York City! Since I have a few days between the conference and the start of my residency, I thought it would be fun to spend some time in New York visiting museums and galleries. Alas, since my search for a Park Avenue penthouse to crash in for free turned up empty, I'll be staying at a cool-looking hostel. I've been to New York twice but was with people who weren't so into the art scene, so I'm excited to get to do anything I want and go anywhere I want! Joanne Mattera has already sent me a Chelsea gallery guide, and of course I'll be visiting museums, too. And looking for good pizza. Art and food. It's all about priorities.

Part 3 -
Artist's Residency at Soaring Gardens in Pennsylvania. I've already booked my ticket on the bus from NYC to Scranton. I'll rent a car in Scranton and then attempt to find Soaring Gardens, where I'll be staying and making art for 18 days.

So now I'm busy trying to figure out how to cram a month's worth of stuff in one small suitcase. I also want to have someone ship my art supplies to me, so I don't have to lug them around.

Thanks to everyone who has "invested" in my residency. I'm overwhelmed by your generosity and I'm really excited to share what I learn with everyone.

I got a new laptop (Betty, pictured above), so I'll try to blog about my adventure as I go along, depending on internet access, of course.

I have a link on the blog now if you're interested in signing up for my mailing list. When I get back, I plan to start sending out a regular (hopefully monthly) newsletter. So please sign up. But don't worry if you don't hear from me for a while - I'll be adventuring!


Gwendolyn Plunkett said...

Bon voyage, Deanna. See you Friday at the conference.

Anonymous said...

I did the galleries in Chelsea, NYC last summer. Lots of new artists to see there. Chelsea is fresh!

SoHo, NYC galleries had a lot of prints of Warhol, Haring, Chagall, Picasso, etc. Same assortment of artists which I just saw in Boston on Newbury Street.

thorn said...

That sounds like it's going to be incredible! Safe travels, and have fun!

Mary Richmond said...

Hi Deanna--you've sure been busy! I hope your workshop and residency are inspiring. Sure sound good! Be in touch if you come back to the Cape, ok? I'd be happy to show you around some more. I just got back from 2 weeks in Paris and Amsterdam--talk about inspiring! Am posting photos, etc. on the blog so stop on by for some armchair travel.

Anonymous said...

Hi Deanna, I am interested in other artists who are attending residencies. I'm at one now and have a blog about it at:
It will be great to follow your adventure. Hopefully you will have wifi for Betty. We only have it at specific places. I can see a lot of transformations going on around me. I just hope that it sticks. Here's to yours! Rebecca