In 1996, I was a scenic artist looking for a space to work on my painting. I applied for a space at McRae on the Lake in Orlando. In actuality, what I got was a group of friends that helped both my art and my career grow. When we moved to the current McRae Art Studios in 1998, I put my proverbial neck on the chopping block, being one of the few artists to sign the lease for the whole magilla. In return, I got to pick the great space in the front and built my new studio, 2 x 4s, electrical and all, with my own 2 hands. I went from a fledgling artist, to a full time, award winning, traveling all over the place artist. So much of my journey had to do with working at McRae and interacting daily with the incredible artists that have graced those walls over the years. In 2006, with a 1 year old, another on the way and a 1 hour commute from Mount Dora, I sadly gave up my precious space. I love my studio that I built at home and the commute from one room to the next, but I do miss the camaraderie, the fun and crazy people, their artistic adventures and yes even the sounds of Foosball.
So it is with tons of joy and gratitude, that I am writing to announce that I will be the guest artist at the next McRae Opening on April 6! I'm so glad you guys started having guest artists! I'm looking forward to taking over a corner for a night and hearing the bands play on.
April 6, 2013, 4 to 9 pm