I normally wouldn't post an individual artist's opening on the blog, but this one is personal.
My sister-in-law, Shelly Lewis Stanfield, is having her first opening tomorrow, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. She's showing her highly textured abstract paintings at Deep Fork Grill in Oklahoma City. (Incidentally, this is the anniversary of the OKC bombing. I like it that her opening is on that date. Art conquers fear and hate once again.)
I'm terribly proud of her, although I have nothing to do with her successes. She's got her hands full with my 3 1/2- and 5-year old nephews and she's worked overtime to get this body of work together. She's living proof that:
- You can accomplish whatever you put your mind to.
- Connections are invaluable, but follow-through is even more critical. A close friend saw her work and said she should be showing it. They were connected to the restaurant and she followed through with everything. Shelly saw a door open and she took it.
- A supportive spouse goes a long way in an artist's career. My handy brother has been making her supports and serving as photographer.
Rumor has it that 5-year-old Heath is the tour guide as he has the names of all the paintings memorized.
Image: (c) Shelly Lewis Stanfield, Golden Ticket.