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 |  July 29, 2009

I don’t think I’ve ever gone almost a whole month without writing a blog post in all the five years that I’ve been blogging! I was sick for a little bit, as was my little guy. Then we went on a family vacation to Seattle and had an amazing time. I was in a beautiful wedding and after that we went to Orcas Island to just sit, be still, and breathe in the fresh air. And stare up at the unbelievable stars in the clear night skies. Those starry nights took my breath away. I will never forget it.

Needless to say I have not had much studio time and so I’m just not here blogging away about my putterings in the studio. I hope that will change soon!

I’m back here in Chicago and getting settled back into the swing of things and gearing up for a couple of shows coming up. This weekend is the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. Milwaukee Avenue is a looooooooooooong stretch of road. I’m not sure, but I think it spans north to south Chicago. This festival takes place in the stretch that runs through the Logan Square neighborhood. I am participating in the Logan Square Connections Exhibit.

The Seed is Hope
encaustic on clayboard
8×8 inches

I will have 3 encaustic paintings hanging in this show. Jane Michalski, who I met at the first FusedChicago meeting, curated this show and I know there will be some fantastic work to see.

Logan Square Connections
at Voice of the City Studio
3429 W Diversey Ave., Suite 208
Chicago, IL 60647
Opening Reception: Friday, July 31 5pm-10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday, August 1 noon-8pm
Sunday, August 2 noon-7 pm

I will be there the opening night in the early hours. And then I am scheduled to gallery sit on Sunday 12-2pm. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!

There will be several art shows exhibiting during the festival. For a full list of galleries and locations, go here.

I’m excited to announce that two of my encaustic paintings were just accepted into the member show at theLill Street Gallery. That show will take place in late August. I will post more about that later.

And of course the Barbie Redux show is coming up very very soon! Unfortunately I won’t be able to fly out to California for that. But it looks like it will be a good time. Patricia Anders just posted a photo of my encaustic barbie on her blog. Be sure to browse around and see what other artists did to their barbies!


  1. by Kelly on July 29, 2009  9:43 pm Reply

    Sometimes one just has to take time off to breathe, have fun, take stock, and absorb inspiration.

    And congrats on the shows.

  2. by Meri on July 29, 2009  10:55 pm Reply

    I'm so happy you're finding your art niche in that big, new city even if it doesn't have the star power of Orcas.

  3. by Mar on July 29, 2009  11:28 pm Reply

    your lovely work will be a huge success...enjoy the show

  4. by Jeane on July 30, 2009  1:33 am Reply

    welcome back - congratulations on your upcoming shows - very nice :)

  5. by Ghislaine Bruno on July 31, 2009  1:57 am Reply

    Hi Bridget,

    I love your altered Barbie. Very much in the same style as your paintings, with this antique feeling, might be 3000 year old, yet something contemporanean in it.

  6. by Wild Somerset Child on July 31, 2009  3:52 am Reply

    Your art is as beautiful as ever - it always inspires me to do something, even if it is no more than slather paint on paper bags! Good luck with the shows (and congratulations).

  7. by La Dolce Vita on August 2, 2009  5:44 pm Reply

    gorgeous work! and I know you will have good luck!

  8. by di from di-did-it on August 2, 2009  8:57 pm Reply

    good to have you back ~ I enjoy your blog and your artwork ~ will be interesting to see if/how you incorporate those Orcas Island starry nights into your work....

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