Last month, Vermont College of Fine Arts, whose praises I have many times sung in this space, sent out a call to alumni for artwork to use on an invitation to their annual Spring Open House to be held March 31st 2012. Having always felt a reverent and grateful connection to the amazing life-altering and life-affirming capacity of this institution, I promptly sent them the image above for consideration. You may remember it from my September 20, 2010 post by the same name. I’ve come a long way since then!
From an Email Dated December 23rd
Just before the holidays, the announcement went out that my photograph had won the contest! This was probably one of the best Christmas gifts I have ever received, and especially significant coming within weeks of my relocation to Vermont. Way back in 2010, when I was still in the first uncertain months of establishing myself as a working artist, Vermont College chose the Two Tigers photograph that now serves as the logo for all my creative endeavors to grace the cover of their Winter Newsletter. At the time, it felt like a pat on the back from an old friend, a sure sign to proceed with confidence on my chosen albeit challenging path. And now at another critical juncture in my journey, I feel that friendly encouragement yet again.
All Journeys Lead Homewards
It seems ironic, to say the least, that my reward for winning the contest (as if having my image used in this way was not reward enough!) was the lovely duffle bag pictured above, available for purchase in the VCFA Store, and not likely to get much use now that I am living in a place I never want to leave, even for a weekend! But when I do use it, I will remember when I was a student, traveling to Montpelier twice a year to experience what VCFA had to offer. It will be a tangible way of taking Vermont with me wherever I go, even as the Green Mountain State and my experience at VCFA continue to enrich and expand my life in intangible, unexpected but utterly timely and apt ways. It means more to me than I can express that they chose to use my work to represent their message and mission as they reach out to prospective students. To the College I say thanks. To future students I say – prepare to be changed.
You may have noticed that the title of this post is “Win Some Lose Some.” I wish the second half of that phrase described ten pounds miraculously shed from my body since last I wrote, but, alas, it refers to the contents of the letter pictured above. Days before the end of 2011, I dropped off a submission of six of my favorite, and, arguably, best black and white images for consideration to be chosen and exhibited as one of five women artists featured at the Chaffee Art Center’s Women in the Arts festival being held next month. I spent an entire day agonizing over which images to select, in such a way that they would constitute a coherent and compelling body of work, which is not a bad exercise to put yourself through from time to time, regardless of outcome. It would have been a lovely way to begin the new year, with a semi-solo show mere blocks from my new home. On a lighter note, anyone who has received their share and more of rejection letters will appreciate how quickly my eyes ran right past the “thank you” to the “but.” I think I saw it before the letter was out of its envelope! Not to worry, I already have other projects and opportunities ahead, not to mention lots of film waiting to be put to use towards expanding a collection of work worthy of submission and exhibition, so I am looking ahead to that instead of wondering whether I would do better as a Vermont artist if I did more landscapes.
Just kidding about no more landscapes. It's hard to resist them around here! Until next week, best wishes and thanks to all my followers, near and far, old and new. You truly keep me going!