OH MY GOSH! HOLY COW! NO WAY!!!!!
Yes, this is REALLY happening to me! Of all the time and hard work I have put into my photography.....EEK! It's really REALLY happening!!!!!!!!
Ok, so here's what is going on:
Last month I got an email from the editor of Array Magazine. This magazine is the one whom I shoot for (all the time now a days). This last minute email was for an art exhibit called Colorblind - Artwork in Black and White. I thought, what the heck. It couldn't hurt to put my name in the basket too could it? So that's what I did. I submitted four different photos......
The Parthenon in Greece
The Roman Coliseum in Rome
The Zugspitz in Germany
And a tranquil shot at Raven Rock State Park here in Lillington, NC
These images all mean a great deal to me. They are all some of my all time favorite shots and I couldn't choose which is my favorite even if I had to! Although I love these images and I feel like they are totally worthy of every ounce of praise they get I just never in a million years figured any of them would be accepted into an art exhibit!
Last Thursday, the 9th of October, I get an email at like 7am. The email read:
October 9, 2014
Thank you for entering your work in Colorblind – Artwork in Black and White. The exhibit is hosted and sponsored by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County and curated by the Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.
Congratulations, One of the works you submitted has been selected for the exhibit.
( Raven Rock)
Attached is the timeline for responsibilities and events leading up to the exhibit, contact information and if you are shipping or delivering your work. Artists are responsible, at their expense, for shipping their work to the Arts Council. All work will be returned at no cost to the artist, but paid by the Arts Council.
We are so excited to have your work in Colorblind – Artwork in Black and White and hope you are able to attend the member’s reception if at all possible.
I almost had a heart attack! I couldn't believe what I was reading. There is NO WAY that one of my photos made it into something so important! EEK!!!! (Start of excitement) And then I read the time line. (Enter PANIC) The timeline said I had to have my print framed and to them no later then Wednesday the 15th of October. That was LESS THEN A WEEK!
Because I had no idea how this worked I didn't order a print, I didn't do anything to prep for the "just in case I got in the exhibit". So Thursday morning after the kids got on the bus I got online and ordered my 20X30 print of the Raven Rock photo posted above. My heart just sank knowing it wasn't going to get here until Tuesday because there was no way they could get it here Friday, they didn't deliver Saturday and Monday was Columbus Day (a holiday) so I wasn't sure they would deliver it then either *sigh* (insert heart break).
To my surprise, my print got here Friday night!!!! Super excited to see it I tore it open and it took my breath away. The image was even more beautiful then I could have ever imagined it would be and it was JUST the PRINT! Gah! Could it get any better!!!
Saturday we had family photos and I didn't have time to take it to the Frame shop so we went looking for somewhere first thing Monday morning.
We found an amazing shop called Ty's Custom Picture Framing and let me tell you, he is AMAZING and a HUGE life saver!!!! (insert relief) He really worked great with me to help me figure out what I could get on such a super short notice. He didn't have everything he needed in his shop to do my order, so he had to place the order and wait until it came in Wednesday morning to get it done. Wednesday, mind you, is the day I needed to have it turned in to the Art Council!!!! To say this stressed me out is an understatement. But the guy at the framing shop had it worse then me! He didn't want to use the type of adhesive he always did because it might warp my photo with the type of paper it was printed on, so he used a new product. He'd never used it before so he too was a little worried about how it would turn out.
Needless to say, he called me a little after noon on Wednesday and told me it was finished!!! (insert nervous excitement) I went in right away and picked it up and it was BEAUTIFUL! It literally took my breath away when I saw it. I couldn't believe that this amazing print was mine! This framed beauty was all MINE! I took that photo!!!! I still can't believe it!
Below is a picture of my art work. It's not the greatest picture as there are glares in it from other things that were around the room but this is what it looks like! Isn't it amazing!!!!!
*sigh* Yes, this is my art work. This is my image of a quite little place in Raven Rock State Park. There's actually a little creek flowing through right there at the tree line. It just looked like the most amazing place to sit and read a book or to just listen to mother nature. This is the photo that was picked and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!
In case you are curious, here's what the color photo looks like....
So you see, I'm so super ecstatic about this! I'm very honored that MY art work was even considered let alone chosen for this amazing event!
Thursday the 23rd is the Art Exhibit Reception. This is where all those who have artwork entered can go and mingle with their fellow artists and also those of the Art Council. I went out today and bought two different dresses (basically the same but different) to decide which one I want to wear to the reception. It's a cocktail party event and I'm super stoked that I get to go. My +1 is my friend Sandi because my husband isn't going to be home to make it. (We bought her a new dress today too!!!) Next week I'm going out to get my shoes (yes, I'm probably getting a super cute pair of black high heels)! (insert fear of falling) and we are getting our nails done before we go too. I'm thinking white french tips will look amazing but I'm not sure yet.
So there you have it, The story behind why I'm so excited, nervous, and a whole lot of other emotions! This exhibit goes on until the 13th of December and I'd love it if you could get down to the Arts Council in downtown Fayetteville and check out my art work! It is for sale!!!!! I can't wait to see it hanging on the wall!
Thank you all for believing in me!!!
~Till Next Time~