Friday, February 8, 2008

why your favorite washington dc arts advisor has been so quiet lately: we're working for YOU!!

It's Like Bingo: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose (Section; SLL 2008)

We've been very busy over the last week with two new major public arts competition proposals; a campaign mailing to metropolitan DC architecture firms; a concentrated effort in producing new works in ephemera and collage; and we mounted a small and lovely show of detailed printers blocks at Alexandria City Hall.

We watched the Super Bowl commercials with avid interest; we missed a promising Italian serenade at the National Gallery of Art; we took one single mental health day for an "inactivity strike" (absolutely NO work got done); we placed several orders for upcoming marketing supplies; and we spoke with a displaced New Orleans arts gallerist who relocated to Baltimore and has a promising corner on an exclusive and reclusive artist.

We visited the noted Weschler's Auction House to learn more about their open appraisal days and upcoming shows in European furniture and art; we collaborated with a great IT friend in making our services available to attendees at the 10th Maryland Arts Day in Annapolis; we helped two or three emerging artists find a launching pad in the local area; and we looked into corporate memberships with several national arts associations. Oh, and we also explored how we can bring art book reviews to you as well as keeping you updated on exciting international events such as what's happening with the boom in Dubai's art arena.

In the next few days, Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory will be visiting a vanity gallery primarily organized for jewelry makers to try to understand in more detail the nuances of these kinds of showcase opportunities. We will be visiting a local woman who is well educated in antique music devices, and we hope to make it to Studio Gallery's Opening, Capitol Hill Art League's Opening, and/or District Fine Arts Opening all being held this Saturday evening. On Sunday, I will celebrate my first wedding anniversary with my partner, co-founder, architect, husband, and best friend.

While Shauna Lee Lange Arts Advisory tries to model what it is to be a successful advisor or consultant in the art world today (the seeming ability to be all things to all people and the ability to respond to a variety of demands in an organized and thoughtful fashion), we are also re-thinking and re-engineering our ability to re-invent ourselves through mindful creativity. Maya Angelo is credited with saying life is pure adventure and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art ... We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. With that in mind, we plan to participate in Echart Tolle's upcoming Internet Discussion Group on his new bestselling work, "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose" and we will share what we learn there.

February has some exciting opening receptions, we hope to see you there and see you here for some sample reviews. So stay strong, stay busy, stay happy and remember that Katherine Butler Hathaway said, "It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life, and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instict then your life will be safe, expedient, and thin. (That means more chocolate for everyone on Valentine's!)

There's much more to come, this month brings the Philadelphia Buyers Market Show; a promising Women in the Arts Workshop on Role Modeling; the much anticipated ArtLeague fundraiser; the American Craft Wholesale Show at the Baltimore Convention Center; the Georgetown Glass Show; a whole host of wonderful Black History Month celebrations; and one of my personal all time favorites, the Art Expo Trade Days in New York City. We'll be bringing you what's new and what's not at that venue and will be sharing tips on creating art collectors for a lifetime of business.