I always enjoy participating in the Midsummer Arts Faire in Quincy. It's a great opportunity to see old friends and to meet new people. This year was no exception.
I was very fortunate this year to have received the Pat Surface Founder's Award for my work, which included a very generous monetary award. And I am grateful to this year's judge for the recognition.
The judge had asked me several questions about my work, the techniques, the processes. And we chatted awhile about the nature of my art quilts and how they seem to provide a familiar landscape to people who may not always be comfortable with non-representational art. There was more talk about art in general. And as he turned to leave my booth he said, "I can't imagine anyone coming into this booth and not leaving a bit happier."
I don't set out to make "happy" art. Some of my recent work was made after a serious illness when I was trying to sort out the balance between living with fear and living with joy. Maybe for me, that's where "happy" resides, where bitter and sweet intersect. Maybe it's the tension between the two that brings me to the beauty of the present. Maybe for me, that's "happy". At any rate, I was very grateful for his words. And the award.