Well boy oh boy, it's been quite an interesting year or two, and the adventure is about to continue. If you've visited my shop page recently, you will find that all of the items are showing up as sold out. Not so! I still have items in stock, but they will be unavailable for a bit as I relocate from very near the Pacific Ocean to about as close to the Atlantic Ocean as a body can get without actually falling in! Yes, it's goodbye to Oregon and hello to the great state of Massachusetts...
If you go back a few years to this blog post, you will see that I spent some time back then taking art workshops on Cape Cod, and poking around in the marshes here and suchlike. Now, by golly, I have the opportunity to make the Cape my HQ, which is rather swell, don't you think so? In doing so, I am humbly joining a long-established community of artists and nature enthusiasts, and am pretty excited about it. There's much to be done on the logistics side, so I'll try to give an occasional update on the progress of the business move, but oh please do not be sore at me if I go silent again for a bit! For now, here are a few pictures of my new environs. It's an awfully beautiful spot, if I do say so.
P.S.: For more on the monarch butterfly and milkweed story, visit my Instagram feed. Perhaps I'll do a summary here at some point. Super short version: we protected some milkweed here on the Cape this summer, and were justly rewarded with caterpillars and butterflies! We are hopeful that the last generation of them is now off to Mexico!
The annual Art for All Seasons members' show and art sale is afoot at the Maude Kerns Art Center here in Eugene! It is a full-to-the-brim show this year -- the gallery is filled tip-to-toe with a huge number of works by local artists working in a broad range of styles and mediums. So if you've never been in, it's a good time to go and get acquainted with a heap of local artists. I've got a couple of pieces in there up on the west wall of the stage area - look for fieldmice and owls! So swing on by and get a holiday gift or six! Everyone needs a little art for their homeplace, don't you think so? You'll find the Art Center at 1910 East 15th Avenue Eugene, Oregon 97403. The show's open M-F 10-5:30 and Saturdays noon-4 p.m.
P.S.: I would like to send out a hearty thanks to some of the people who helped me make this first art show adventure a success. Thanks to Juli Brode and Greg Slowik/Greg Slowik Design, for the loan of their drill press. Thanks to Nancy and Boomer McNaught, of Boomer's Grilled Brats and More (...like jerkey. Yum.), for the loan of the green tent and instruction in its operation. Thanks to uncommonly fine land-people Bill & Carolyn for letting me test the operation in the back parking lot, helping me lug the tent in and out of the basement 68 times, and coming by to say hi on the day of the Festival. And thank you to dear friends KT>, & KW, who came by to see me and buy a few things! You warmed my heart. Thanks y'all.
Melinda Nettles, proprietor of Lean2creativeworks, an art and illustration studio still officially in Eugene, Oregon, but very soon to be located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.