Grace has six more days of traditional public school left. That's minus two for a long weekend trip to Disney World with her Dad. Graduation is May 18. Today, I'll be working with a young adult woman with autism to prepare 450 plus packets of GraceArt Notecards (Series II...not yet shown on her website, but coming soon). The 50-packet stash (10 cards and envelopes, five designs, two each,) above, (Untitled. Pink Pastel, not shown,) was fresh from the printer and taken to her solo show at The Artery Gallery Greensboro, NC, which comes down tomorrow after an extended stay. I'll be making the approximate 1,200-mile trip to pick up GraceArt this weekend. Some of it will be hung at perl Cafe & Market in the Nashville suburb of Bellevue. I decided to give the extra wall space we were offered to Suha Khalil, a young adult woman with Down syndrome who lives in Sudan and whose work is represented here by my friend Massood Taj. Suha's beautiful paintings already hang with GraceArt in Nashville at the offices of psychologist Charles Ihrig, Ph.D. More about them on GraceArt's Facebook page, Grace Goad | Autism Art.Wednesday of next week, I'll be hanging all new works of GraceArt, (produced during her senior year at the superior art program of Hillsboro High School,) in the lobby of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Polk Theater. Sponsored by VSA Tennessee, they will remain there for three months.
Back to the cards, these will be sold at Tennessee Art League's gift shop now on Nashville's 5th Avenue of the Arts (Gallery Row) downtown, next to The Arts Company. We're delivering them this afternoon. More will be delivered soon to Shimai Pottery & Gifts at the Shops at the Loveless. I also carry a stash around in the back of the car. (Wink.)
Am I nuts? ..."Keep Calm & Carry On." The timing just happened this way. Keeping up with recent demand and even asking venues to wait a couple of weeks as new inventory is framed, picked up and delivered. It's a nice "problem" to have.