lucky number 13 (extraordinary)
The extraordinary news I have been waiting for has finally come through and I am really excited at the prospects and the opportunities this news opens up. Quite some time ago now I applied for a studio at the art center, and I found out yesterday that I have been accepted as the art center's 13th resident artist and will share space with a mixed media artist there on the second floor. (2009 Update... the space is now all mine.)
This art center has had a special place in my heart for years now, since I first discovered them at their original location when I moved here (always on foot and trying to fill my days with activity so that the ache for my children would not overwhelm me), and then on to their next location in temporary space where I stumbled on them taking a painting to ship out via UPS. The art center resided in this temporary space while a brand new extraordinary 30,000 square foot art center was being built in Rockville's new Town Center.
I volunteered and worked for the art center for a time hanging gallery shows and doing exhibit work, and eventually moved on to another job that kept me at the art center and working with art every day. I have made good friends here and the artists, staff, teachers, volunteers and varied inhabitants all make this an extraordinary place to be and work and interact with other artistic souls and patrons.
/ɪkˈstrɔrdnˌɛri, ˌɛkstrəˈɔr-/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ik-strawr-dn-er-ee, ek-struh-awr-] –adjective
beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established: extraordinary costs.
exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable: extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.
(of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinary staff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility: minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary.
Origin: 1425–75; late ME extraordinarie <>extra-, ordinary
So now I will pick up my keys and my new studio mate and I will figure out how best to lay out the space for our various work flows, and I will have a home away from home to work and create and network in a way that is impossible from a home studio, and somehow (almost impossibly) things have come full circle from the goosebump moment of walking into that art center six years ago and feeling like I had come home - to the time that I will carry my belongings over that new threshold and make some part of that space mine. (The symbolic march of the bowls here.)
I am so excited!
Lucky number 13
P.S. To view the pictures of the studio warming party click here.