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Today I'm inspired by the act of taking chances and by the people willing to give each of us a chance.


It reminds me of my very first retail job in the Fall of 2000 along Lexington Ave in NYC. I was not even properly dressed for the job even less asking to be hired. I will never forget the small business owner who asked me a couple of questions and asked that I return the next day. I got the job; she saw something in me whether it was desperation or not, I will never know. I got the job and I learned a lot from my time there before I moved to Wisconsin. 

 

After moving to Baraboo I attended a few of the Sauk County Art Association (SCAA) events, not many,  but enough to know that the arts had a following even in a small town like this one.


The first piece of art I purchased at an event held where Garden Party Cafe is now, was a stained glass and metal candle holder. I was happy that night and carried my purchase close to my heart during my +1 mile walk home. I can't remember the name of the artist that created my treasure but that made an impact on me since it was my first contribution to my home as a newlywed. I also felt proud and special that I could own an affordable piece of original art which in NYC would have been out of my price range. I still have the art piece, now in my sewing room.


I had no way of knowing that some of the artists I met during my very brief period attending SCAA back then, would have a role in getting this small write up of my work in the local paper this past summer. It feels like coming full circle. It meant a lot to me to see this small article about my work. 


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It took me many years to join SCAA as an artist and part of that came from not being ready; I was not ready to invest so much of myself at a time when I was embarking on a new journey, in a new place. Now IM READY and I feel my own creative revolution is just starting. No, I could not have gotten here without the small steps I took 12 years ago or the people that encouraged me to move forward.


Cheers to taking chances, however small!