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Artistic debut weekend – WOW!

In a nutshell:  Friday night I had one piece in Houston’s Lawndale Art Center Big Show which I sold within 5 minutes of my walking in the door. Two more pieces were at Archway Gallery‘s 6th juried exhibition Saturday night, one was already sold by the time I got there for the reception, and the other took 3rd place.  I could not be more thrilled!

“Song of the whippoorwill” my very first showing, with my mentor Salli Babbitt at Lawndale Art Center’s Big Show
“Mannequins at the leatherbar: It’s starting to get crowded”, at Archway Gallery’s 6th Juried Exhibition benefiting Houston Audubon (Juror: Mark Larsen)
“Winged Guilloché” at Archway Gallery’s 6th Juried Exhibition. 3rd place!!!

And here is the YouTube video of Archway Gallery’s jurist Mark Larsen announcing my win:


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My artistic debut

Via the Visual Arts Alliance I learned of the Lawndale Art Center’s call for entries.  Figuring it was worth a shot I paid my $30 entry fee and submitted three diverse pieces.

Their entry form said that if you hadn’t been called by 6pm Friday that you had not been selected.  By 5:20 I was already moving into the grief ‘acceptance’ stage, but 10 minutes later I got the call:  I was in!!!!   Whoop!  Whoop!

Of the three I submitted, the jurist selected what I considered my strongest piece, based on feedback from the VAA.

So my artistic debut will be at the Lawndale Art Center’s BIG SHOW Opening Reception on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 6:30pm.

Dear Joel,

Congratulations on having your work selected for The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center. We received 981 submissions by 382 artists. Guest Erin Elder, Visual Art Director of Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, selected 115 works by 106 artists for this year’s exhibition and that includes you!