"Be in love with your life. Every minute of it."
Bedazzled Champagne Bottles, best friends, and surprising guest star visits.
It sounds like a celebrity music video, but it really was just my opening reception for my first solo exhibition. I wish I could make these things up ya'll! I was so incredibly nervous the day of my reception because I honestly thought no one would show and as cliché as it sounds, I didn't know if people would grasp what my work is all about. (It is kind of dark at some points.) This was my first official solo exhibition, as exciting as it was I was nervous because I've had the luxury to be able to share (or push) the spotlight to the artist on the wall next to me if I felt uncomfortable or overwhelmed. Although I felt this anxiety, this night I had no choice but to shine and the only overwhelming feeling I felt all night was from the overflowing love and support I received. Not only did my group of besties show out (Hints the bedazzled bottle), My kindergarten teacher, high school teacher/mentor, AND some of the students I substituted for in the Fall from Southern High School came out to see the show. Maybe it was the wine or maybe its this crossroads of experimenting with the idea of becoming an educator, but I was so touched that I actually cried happy tears! I also got to connect with so many other artists and art enthusiasts who I could just genuinely speak openly. I think the coolest part was when visitors would not only ask me about my process but ask me about the inspiration and how MY life connected to it. In a world of social media, (don't get me wrong I love some instagram) this is so breathtaking for two people not to know eachother's life story or current projects/endevors off the bat and just connect naturally. I think one conversation that will stick with me was a discussion I had with one woman about the differences I found living down south and moving back home to Maryland. I even sold my first piece of fine art photography! Actual life changing!
After two months of holding my babies, Taking the show down last week really broke my heart. My experience showing at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts was amazing from set up to the very last week before down day. The overflowing support from friends, family, new friends, of all of the MD Hall staff was everything I could've dream of and more! Below is an interview with MD Hall!