It’s official – I have been accepted for the Mercury Bay Art Escape in March next year! How exciting is that . . . although I must admit it is also a bit daunting. The next few months for me will be very busy with weaving, but I am looking forward to it with a great deal of anticipation! The only downside is that I won’t get to visit any of the other 53 artists this year. For the last two years I have loved going on the open studio tour – it’s quite an indulgence actually – to go at my own pace and to see what I am particularly interested in, lingering longer at places that spark my interest. It has been an absolute feast. What I have seen has been so inspiring, and I have loved the opportunity to meet the artists and see their workspaces. It is a privilege to be part of it this year, albeit from a different viewpoint.
One of the things I have loved about the Art Escape is that it has helped me realise that artists are regular people. This may not come as any surprise to you but in my head I have always had artists on a pedestal – as a special breed almost. In my world they were endowed with a gift that the rest of us were missing. And that meant that it was completely unattainable for me, simply because I had not recognised my own gifts. As I have met more artists and been brave enough to venture out of my own private world and into theirs, the discovery has been quite insightful. I realise now that we all possess the gift of creativity and we all have something that draws us in and captures our hearts and our passion. Those who are seen to be artists are those who have chosen to embrace this world and let themselves be transformed by it. Those who have been exploring and practising their art, valuing it as an integral part of their life, not merely something to do in their spare time. What a shift in my thinking!
I love a quote from poet, priest and philosopher John O’Donohue that says, “we live between the act of awakening and the act of surrender”. This sums up where I am at presently. A new season has been awakened in me and I am learning to surrender. The Mercury Bay Art Escape is a step in that direction. Click on the link below to read more about it. You can find me in the list of artists!