Updated: May 19, 2021
This past weekend, my brother, sisters, extended family and I gathered for our first get together since we all had been vaccinated. And while the food was great, the opportunity to hug people I haven’t been able to touch in over a year was far more nourishing and delicious. I had seconds, thirds and still didn’t have my fill.
We took a picture of us all throwing our masks in the air like it was graduation. And it was, of sorts. We’re all a little older and wiser. We’ve had our eyes opened to the possibility that the world as we know it may simply stop, and never again will we take those we love—or their hugs—for granted.
It felt like the official opening back up of my life, and while jumping back into the social thing is a little bit scary (as a committed introvert), the joy I felt being able to be maskless among friends was thrilling.
And so, to celebrate with my wider circle of friends, I have decided to open my studio on Saturday, June 5, from 1 to 5 p.m., and I would love for you to stop by (74 Prattling Pond Road, Farmington) if you’re looking for a (mostly outdoor) opportunity to get out and about. Come see my studio and some of the new work I created during the shutdown. Stroll through the garden with a glass of wine, see my earth oven, and practice your social skills in a low-pressure environment.
If you’re vaccinated, feel free to toss the mask, and I’m happy to snap a picture of your own personal unveiling if you haven’t done it yet. It’s liberating and worth capturing.
You'll be able to enter a random drawing for a $400 gift certificate, which can be applied toward any original painting or commission. And if one of the paintings exhibited in my garden or studio catches your eye, you can feel good knowing that 75% of any open studio sale proceeds will be directed to a local nonprofit of your choice, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, the Farmington Land Trust, For All Ages, Hands On Hartford, reSET, the Hill-Stead Museum or Fresh Start Pallet Products.
Surround yourself with the beauty of nature and art as we kick off one of the most-anticipated summers of our lives. While RSVPs are optional, they're helpful, so drop me a quick email if you can.