Extra, extra.

Just a couple little updates. To be honest, a couple little updates and one BIG update.

“The Crossing”, my train bridge quilt, is now up for auction at Isaac’s Way. You can see how it’s doing here, but have to stop in to the restaurant to bid. It will remain up until mid-September. A lot could happen between now and then, especially in the busy tourist season!

My quilted map shown in the previous post, “Here be monsters.”, is now up for sale for sale at the M&T Deli. For patient individuals, I am also available for custom map commissions. Feel free to contact me for more information.

In the next couple weeks I will be starting a commission from the maintenance gentleman at my work for a painted fish. He showed up at work the other day with this big piece of driftwood for me to use, I was delighted.

My woven lighting sculpture has found it’s home at Jeremiah’s Place, a brand new restaurant in Hartland, NB. I am going to visit sometime soon to take pictures and try out the menu.

And for my BIG NEWS, I was offered an internship for the Sculpture Saint John Symposium! With five other interns I will be learning from six international stone sculptors for a month and a half (I talked more about it here). I must say, I am all a-flutter! It is my hope that I will have time to thoroughly chronicle this experience here on my blog. Off I go to Saint John on August the 2nd!

Good news post.

The daily mail has left the notice of the young generation. Myself included, I never gave it much thought and really only checked it when the box it overfloweth’d. But those were in the earlier days of stagnation and flyer-boredom. Now I check it daily and with gusto. For when you are an actively submitting artist, so much of your good news comes in the daily post.

(That, and my Mom sends me notes and goodies sometimes. Recently she sent a shoebox full of easter candy in the mail. It arrived at 8 in the morning when I was trying my best to be a grumpysaurus. Thanks for ruining my bad mood, Mom.)

This week I received notice that they’ve accepted one of my pieces for the Mindscapes exhibit in Bathurst. They’ve picked “Bit by bit”:

Very excited. They’ve even offered to pay some of my travel expenses to the opening reception. Might even be able to get a little for accommodations, which would be nice since it’s 3 hours away. The boy and I could make an evening of it. Not ’til September 28th so I still have plenty of time to look forward to it.

I am now waiting for word on my next application. This is for an internship for the Saint John Sculpture Symposium. I got in just under the wire for this one. I had forgotten about it but when I checked back they had extended their deadline so it all worked out. Thankfully my teachers were able to help me out at a moments notice with reference letters.

The more applications/proposals/submissions I write, the easier it gets. The first ones were SO painful and thoroughly procrastinated but now they are actually sort of fun. That is my advice to anyone considering application to anything. Just do it, over and over and over. It gets better.

The idea is that they choose six interns with visual arts background to help these six artists who are going to Saint John to carve giant pieces of granite. The artists are really amazing, and from all over. And just how cool would it be to learn stone carving? Especially outdoors and right on the waterfront.

It is for a month and a half, and over an hour from my house. I wouldn’t like being so far from the boy. The prospect scares me a little. But I figured I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to apply. It would be a wonderful way to cap off the summer, and they provide meals, accommodations, and a one thousand dollar honorarium, so it wouldn’t cost me anything.

Check out the artists:

Hiroyuki Asano, from Japan

James Boyd, from Canada

Jhon Gogaberishvili, from Georgia

Jo Kley, from Germany

Agnessa Petrova, from Bulgaria

Radoslav Sultov, from Bulgaria

Judging by the proficiency of the artists, I expect the competition for internship to be fierce. It would be such an interesting experience to go from drapey cloth to a medium with a little more resistance. Wish me luck!