First things, first- hello! It's been an awfully long time since my last blog post, I've missed you! You might remember that I was previously using blogger (blogspot for those of us who've been using the internet for a hot minute) to keep y'all updated on what's going on in this crazy whirlwind of an artist life- as much as I enjoyed blogging that way, I felt as though it was less accessible to have my blog and website in two different places. Ya feel? Good. I'm happy to announce that I'll be posting regularly right on the homepage of my website, so stay tuned for more!
So, what's been going on? Goodness. This has been one BUSY year for me so far! If you don't follow me on Instagram (you totally should- @c.l.a.i.r.a), you might have missed out on what's been happenin'. But not to worry, Claira's got you covered: My position as the Youth, Arts and Events Coordinator at BCAT has provided tons of opportunities in the 6 short months I've worked there, including serving as a panelist for the PA Council on the Arts' yearly Entry Grant Panel! In addition to that, you'll be seeing me in a few places this year:
+ Currently, my work is on display at the juried exhibition at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA! This show will only be available for a few more days, so check it out!
+ Look out for the next issue of Studio Visit Magazine, as I'll be featured in there with my babe Chasing the Ghost from my MFA thesis show (can you believe it's been a year since grad school already? YEESH.)
+ My work was featured on the April edition of Red Flag Poetry's mailers- so exciting to work with a great organization and friend from all the way back in high school. Always keep your friends close! #protip
+ The painting above, Give up the Ghost, will be traveling to Warren, PA this fall to the Crary Gallery for A Legacy in Observation, a show exhibiting the works of Edinboro University alumni within the painting department.
+ In September, I'll be live painting at Fusion Atelier in Brookville, PA! I just found this out TODAY, so more info to come, for sure!
In addition to all of that, I've recently moved, traveled to Portland, OR for this year's NCECA conference (SO COOL- painting totally needs something like that), and have participated in various other events and thangs all motivating me in my professional journey. I'm learning to love arts administration- who knew? Anyway, look for my blog to not only include updates about what I'm up to, but what I'm looking at and inspired by as well as my life in general. I really think that there's something to be said about an artist that allows a glimpse into who they are outside of the studio- that vulnerability can really make us feel more connected, don't you think? Let me know in the comments how you connect to other artists and how that influences you!
Talk soon, artist babes!