It was a worthwhile effort, but the SB Art Association wasn't interested in admitting me. This time was worse than the last time. During round one (back in March of 2017), I at least got one "yes" vote. This time, all three judges said no. Two of the judges indicated what I did was craft and not art. Yep, back to that again. The third judge commented my work did not 'draw her in'. Time to close the chapter on this adventure. It has become obvious I do not belong there.
My experience makes me wonder where I do belong. A few months ago, I found myself wandering through a show put on by the Abstract Art Collective. While it wasn't immediately obvious to me, a seed was planted that has slowly started to sprout and grow. I'm now committed to submitting my stuff for their live jury day. These are two new pieces I plan to submit.
The third piece will be one I already had, finished a few months ago.
I think it's a good fit with my general organic abstract theme.
One thing the Abstract Art Collective does, that I absolutely love, is an
annual fundraiser for SEE International, an organization that provides sight restoring
cataract surgery. This is exactly the kind of thing I want to do with my art.
The live jury date is April 15. Luckily I already got my taxes done.
They notify prospective members by email, so I have no idea what the timeline is.
Regardless of what happens, I'm still going to be pushing, testing the waters,
and figuring out where things should go from here.