More Events Lining Up for 2015!

Cascade (SBC VI) ©2014 WTEK 5.75″h x 7″l x 6.75″w $1,925.00

By now you know about Fragmented getting into Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015. It will be one of 128 of PA’s best art at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be on Sunday June 28th 2-4pm with the awards ceremony at 1:30pm. The exhibition runs through September 13th, 2015.

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Next up my work is heading out to the Rocky Mountain State! I just found out today that Cascade, SBC VI, was chosen for the exhibition, Water, at Denver, CO’s CORE New Art Space gallery. The show runs July 9th – 26th with an opening reception on the 10th from 6 – 9pm.

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Trophy of Kaat Lir ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Trophy of Kaat Lir ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass

Back here on the East Coast in July, you can see Maelstrom & the Trophy of Kaat Lir alongside 38 other works by 33 other artists at the 2nd Annual JAM Gallery Juried Exhibition in Malvern, PA. There will be paintings, sculptures, abstract, realistic, new media, and old represented here. The exhibition runs July 7th – August 29th and the opening reception and awards ceremony will be on Saturday July 11th 3-8pm with the awards ceremony at 6:30pm.

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3 Wide Copper Fold Formed Cuffs and on pair of riveted, fold formed Brass earrings ©2014 WTEK
3 Wide Copper Fold Formed Cuffs and on pair of riveted, fold formed Brass earrings ©2014 WTEK

I’ll switch out my work after that as JAM Gallery bids adieu to summer and welcomes the crisper months of Autumn with their Fall Exhibition. September 1 – October 31 with an opening reception on September 12th from 5 – 8pm.

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But if you’ve been jonesing to see my jewelry at a craft show, never fear, your prayers have been answered! I just sent in the check for a booth at the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Fall Into Fine Craft show in Carlisle, PA! More info will be forthcoming, but save the date for October 24th & 25th.

 

2014 3rd Quarter Goal Check-In

We just entered the last quarter of the year, so it’s time for my next Goal check-in. As far as these goals have gone this year, I feel like I’m pretty on track. Let’s see how I stack up 3/4 of the way through 2014…

Wendy’s 2014 Goals

Pebble Moon Pendant ©2013 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass
Pebble Moon Pendant ©2013 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass $225.00 – You could learn this process at my Rivet Pendant workshop…
    • 8 Group Exhibitions
    • Teach at least 3 Workshops
    • Write a Magazine Article
    • Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition
    • Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015
    • Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries
    • Work on Getting into a Top-Tier Craft Show (Late 2014/Early 2015)

Not only have I had work in 8 group exhibitions, but I’ve also been invited to bring pieces into JAM Gallery‘s Holiday Benefit Show. That’s a bonus exhibition! This leads into the new gallery representation goal – while I don’t have a specific contract with JAM, this is the third time this year I’ve had work there, so I’m counting it for now. That would make two goals completed!

In 2014, so far I’ve taught 2/3 workshops and my Rivet Pendant is a go (there’s still a couple openings), so that will be 3 workshops taught this year. Unfortunately, the new Integrated Prong workshop didn’t run, but maybe next year will be its year.

I bet you recognize that piece in the front...
The 8th group exhibition is currently in progress at the PA Guildof Craftsmen (as is the 7th at JAM Gallery)

Magazine article still needs attention. I’m pretty much exactly where I was at the last check-in.

I’m still working on my body of work. I have three works currently in process, and 2 – 3 more (one of which I have completely planned already) before I hit my specific breadth and number of pieces I planned for this goal. I’m pretty confident that I’ll come within 1 – 2 pieces by the end of the year. Of course, I’ll always be contributing to my body of work, but this was a very specific body I wanted done for my…

Solo exhibition – like I said in the last check-in, this goal is tied to my body of work goal. Every step closer to completing that goal is a step toward completing this one. As far as specifically planning the exhibition, that will wait until after February. Why February? That’s when I’m in…

I'm slightly further than this... ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress
One of the works in progress ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress

The ACC Baltimore Show! It doesn’t get more top tier than an ACC show and I was invited to be a representative of SNAG at the 2015 show! I am so super stoked about this, it is one of my 10 year goals (for 2020) and it’ll be amazing! I am going as a metalsmith and not a jeweler, so that body of work will be coming with me. Hopefully, most of it won’t be coming back with me, but going home with others, which means I’ll have to work on more body of work pieces for any upcoming solo exhibitions I manage to plan.

3/4 Year Consensus: I’m pretty much exactly where I want to be right now. I keep putting off the article and I wish the other workshop had happened, but everything else has been steadily coming together. From now through February I’ll be working extra hard on making new pieces for ACC and beyond, and I won’t be focusing too closely on group exhibitions for the first part of next year, so this will narrow down my focus moving forward into the 4th quarter this year. Now I have to work on next year’s goals and reconfigure my 5 and 10 year goals (it’s that time again…)

How are your 2014 goals progressing? Are you ready for the end of this year?

2014 Half Year Goal Check-In

Wendy’s 2014 Goals

Carapace ©2014 copper, brass 5 1/2"h x 6"w x 8"d $1825.00
Carapace ©2014 copper, brass 5 1/2″h x 6″w x 8″d $1825.00
    • 8 Group Exhibitions
    • Teach at least 3 Workshops
    • Write a Magazine Article
    • Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition
    • Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015
    • Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries
    • Work on Getting into a Top-Tier Craft Show (Late 2014/Early 2015)

Well, another quarter over and we’re halfway through 2014. Time to check-in on my goals again. First let’s go over what’s going right.

I’ve taught 1 out of the 3 workshops that I want to teach this year. You might wonder how that is going right. I have three more workshops scheduled for this Fall – Foldforming on September 6th, a new integrated prong workshop I just developed on October 4th, and Rivet Pendant on November 22nd (all at the PA Guild of Craftsmen in Lancaster, PA.) That will be 4 as long as they all go through!

Last time we checked in (in April) I had 3 of the 8 group exhibitions achieved. As of right now, I have 7 planned or completed! That’s just one more I have to be a part of to achieve this goal! You can see Tether at Art of the State through September 14th, Cascade & Akimbo at the 1st Annual JAM Gallery Juried Art show in August, and in October, Carapace will be in the YBC Chapter show, Unmasked.

Akimbo ©2012 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass
Akimbo ©2012 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass

I am continuing to build up a body of work, though you can see that with all these group exhibitions the individual pieces are out and about traveling. I do wish I had a couple more done right now, but I feel comfortable with my progress so far (I do have a definite number and what kinds of pieces I want that I am working towards, it is a definable goal.)

Now the slower moving goal progress:

I still haven’t moved too far forward on the magazine article, though I did take photos of a particular process. I need to do the writing up and pitching for that still.

I’ve been applying to top tier shows, but I have to wait for their application openings and deadlines and I don’t want to apply to too many at once. So this one is progressing slowly.

As far as the solo exhibition goes, I’m focusing more on the actual body of work first, then try and shop it out to galleries. It is an integral faction of the other goal, so it does stay close to front of my mind.

Integrated prong pendants ©2009 - 2014 WTEK
Integrated prong pendants ©2009 – 2014 WTEK

As for the gallery representation, this is as always one that has been a bit on the back burner, mostly due to the building of the new work and all of the group exhibitions I’ve been doing. I am talks with a gallery about having work in another of their shows, so this might be a way to gain their representation. This is a something that I need. Without the craft shows this year I am feeling the heat as far as sales goes. I do have some events planned for this Fall, so that will help, but it still pinches a bit right now. Of course, it usually does this time of year anyway.

Half – year consensus: I’m doing pretty good so far, though I know I need to step it up in certain areas. But there’s still half a year, so that gives me time to switch my focus from what has worked out to what needs worked on. What about you? Are you where you want to be for halfway through 2014? What do you need to work on? What’s going well? Let us know in the comments!