Happy new year! How are those New Year’s resolutions coming?
According to Forbes magazine, nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent actually achieve them. However, people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their life goals.
Here are some guidelines. Be specific, share your goals, track your progress and schedule time — you don’t “find time,” you MAKE time. Lose the “all or nothing” mind-set — something is better than nothing — and get back on track if you fall off. No one is perfect. Just start again. Sounds pretty simple, eh?
Surprisingly — this is according to Statistic Brain — people in their 20s were nearly twice as likely to successfully keep their resolutions as people over 50. Hmmm.
I’ll check back in June to see how you’re doing. Success rates drop from 73 percent after the first week to 45 percent after six months. Good luck.
Here’s mine: I will create a paint night event for my friends. After gifting me with a considerable collection of art supplies, my husband handed me my last column. Oops! Talk about having to eat your own words. Guess it’s time for me to put up or shut … and we all know I’m not about to shut up.
The house always looks so empty after packing up the holiday decorations. This should serve as the perfect catalyst to light — or restart — your creative fire. Every artist has a passion for what they do. Find your inspiration and just DO IT! There are galleries and shows searching for artists. Get your work ready and show it. Don’t overlook how great it will look on your own wall.
Many find it helpful to get feedback from other artists by taking a class or by joining an art group or association. There are many to choose from, and I often mention them here. If you haven’t read about yours, just send or email the information to me and I’ll share it here.
Stella’s Art Gallery
Are you ready to show off some artwork? Stella’s Art Gallery, The Matchworks Building, 8500 Station St, Mentor, will be accepting entries for their next exhibit, “Black and White,” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 and 6.
Entry forms are downloadable at stellasartgallery.com. Accepted artists will be notified by Jan. 9.
The show will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 12. Come enjoy the artwork, wine and light appetizers and music — and perhaps win a prize.
Euclid Art Association
Looking for an art association? Consider the Euclid Art Association. They have been active for more than five decades. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in Fellowship Hall at East Shore United Methodist Church, 23002 Lake Shore Blvd. Guests are welcome, and a $3 donation is suggested.
“Every year we like to feature several of our members, asking them to ‘show and tell’ us about their artwork,” spokeswoman Joanne Naroski said. “This month, William Kless, Barb Greenwood, and Diane Rogazione will present their artwork.
“Plus, our president, Lee Peter, will have a surprise presentation for us to see. We have very talented people in our organization! Please come and enjoy a fun evening of art and refreshments.”
Learn more about the EAA and their members at euclidart.com.
Ashtabula Arts Center
Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., is starting the New Year with a fresh exhibit, “Chaser of the Light” by Nancy Nelson-Brotz. There will be an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12.
Madison resident Nancy Nelson-Brotz is an award-winning artist making an impact in Lake County by teaching and exhibiting through Rabbit Run Community Arts Association in Madison, the Painesville Recreation Department, Painesville Senior Center, Perry Library, Madison Library, Mentor Senior Center and Stella’s Art Gallery.
She is inspired by Lake Erie, and her current passion has her spending much of her spare time and energy organizing tiny pieces of glass and found objects into flow of color and design.
Follow her on Facebook, at facebook.com/nancy.nelsonbrotz, or check out the show.
Valley Art Center
There are many opportunities to show off your artwork in Chagrin Falls. Valley Art Center, 155 Bell St., is upgrading its gallery space and looking for new artworks to exhibit and to sell in their gift shop and during special shows.
VAC is launching a new three-year series of exhibits this winter. It will explore the concepts of identity through three themes: “People,” “Places” and “Things.” First up is “PEOPLE.” Artists need to submit their work before the 4 p.m. Jan. 5.
Visual artist Judith Carducci will jury the show, which will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26.
It’s not too early to consider participating in the 2018 Art by the Falls. The 35th annual event will be on June 9 and 10 and is likely to draw more than 10,000 people. Would you like to set up a tent to display and sell your artwork at this year’s event? Applications are being accepted through Feb. 23.
OH yes, there is more. VAC is again partnering with Lowes Greenhouse for the Early Bird Art and Craft Show. This year’s event will be on March 3. Just close your eyes and imagine how wonderful it will be to be sitting in a beautiful, spacious greenhouse selling (or buying) artwork and plants.
The one-day show and sale will feature about 30 fine artists and crafters in the inviting garden setting of Lowe’s Greenhouse, 16540 Chillicothe Road, Chagrin Falls.
Awards include the Juror’s Choice and People’s Choice Awards. The entry deadline is Jan. 31.
For more information on any of these opportunities, call 440-247-7507 or visit valleyartcenter.com. All entries must be submitted at valleyartcenter.org/identity-people-cte.html.
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