Last week I had a unique opportunity to be a sketch artist at the Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The residents were having a french themed dinner that night and I had a table and easel set up where people could come up and have their portrait drawn. I drew about 20 portraits in all and there were many I didn't get to because the dinner ended. This was my first time ever drawing portraits for money. I usually draw people all the time in crowds, on buses, or in class. This experience was different because the people at the dinner were aware that I was drawing them (usually they aren't.) Some people were very uncomfortable knowing that I was staring at them and others loved talking to me while I drew them and talked to me about their grandchildren. Yes, almost every person I drew told me about their grandchildren. The best part may have been listening to the people tell me about their lives, spouses, and stories.
The 40 Under 40 reception was a great success! It was inspiring to see so many young artists and supporters at the SVAC gallery on Saturday night. The reception was lively, crowded, and full of energy. I think that a crowded room is always better than an empty room in a gallery though, right? T
The representation of some more young contemporary artists is a welcome diversity in my eyes to the Shenandoah Valley art scene. I hope that there are some more opportunities in the area for myself and the rest of these artists to share their work! The show will be up for the remainder of this month.
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