Hello Tina & friends~
Have I told you about the upcoming show I will be in with the Stonington Printmaker’s Society? The show opens April 6th at the Cate Charles Gallerywhich happens to be one of my VERY favorite galleries. I AM SO EXCITED!!! I invite you to save the date and stop on in between 5 & 8pm (the show runs for the month of April in case you can’t make it for the opening reception).
Although I consider myself more of a painter than a printmaker I love being a part of this amazing group. They are kind, thoughtful, welcoming, innovative and diverse which pushes me and allows me to grow and stretch in unexpected ways. That being said I always feel like it takes me awhile to get my “groove” on with printmaking and I have been trying to figure out why. I think it’s partly because I have to plan so much as everything prints backwards and my brain has trouble with this. I have also tried to not veer too far off course from my regular studio work and have tried to integrate some of my mixed media techniques with my prints.
Laura Gaffke, "Friendship is..." mixed media on wood, 12" x 12"
There is so much goodness going on for me lately I have to pinch myself to believe it is all true! First off I got a call this week from the lovely Dora Szekely with a wonderful opportunity to show my work along with several other artists in a bright, airy storefront in downtown Mystic for the month of August (possibly longer). The shop is located at 3 Pearl Street and is directly across from Harp and Hound, a favorite local Irish Pub. It will be open for the Mystic Arts Festival THIS WEEKEND, making that the icing on the cake! The Mystic Arts Festival is a magical event which features the work of over 250 fine artists and over 60 craftsmen. I plan to get a little Christmas shopping done at the show as it is my wish to buy most things handmade this year.
As if this opportunity wasn’t amazing enough, I have been busy getting my work ready for TWO upcoming shows. One is at ACGOW where my work will be featured with the fabulous Steve Tukla, a woodworker I have a special affinity for as we were both juried into the Cooperative Gallery at the same time. The show opens September 1st from 5-8pm and runs for the month. I am sad to say I won’t be able to attend the opening as I will be inITALY!!! I am however working on something special for those of you who go to the opening, so stay tuned as I see if I can pull it off… The other show is with the Stonington Printmaker’s Societyand will be held at the LaGrua Center. You won’t want to miss the preview party Septemeber 17th from 5-7. I would LOVE to share my Italian adventures with you then! Cheery smiles your way…xoLaura