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  • Writer's pictureApril Gavin

Open Studios and More

Updated: Jun 27, 2023


Last week's open studios was mellow and in a good way. I met some fellow artists and enjoyed hosting friends and neighbors. There is one more weekend coming. If you can come by, please do. I'd love to see you.


Prior open studios were held outside under the canopy due to COVID. This year I actively planned to be in my studio. Massive overhaul - supplies that I no longer use found better homes. Shelves that could be better used were moved and are now used better. It created so much space that I'm a little giddy. Check out my very organized peg board:



For open studios, I created a main gallery wall...


and a more presentable front table for folks to enjoy and shop.


Please come if even to admire my newly organized space. I won't show you the before photos.


In other news...


I'm anxiously awaiting for my proof of Scout and the Space Cats from the printer. Once I can view the proof copy and see how it feels/looks. I will offer copies for sale on my website.



During open studios last weekend, I began working on my second picture book called One Medium Onion. I'll be posting details and progress here.


My piece Nighttime in the Hills was juried into the Landscape Perspectives show at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael. The exhibition opens June 2nd and runs through July 22nd. It's the first show I've been accepted to of 2023. The work is framed and ready to go to San Rafael next week. If you're in the area, please stop by and take a look at the exhibit.


In February, I applied for a civic arts grant from the City of Berkeley. I passed round one and had an interview with the panel of judges last Wednesday. I had never done this before and I admit it was nerve-wracking. The whole thing was ten minutes over zoom. For the first five minutes, the three judges discussed my application. They gave me a high score and really seemed to like my submission. It was difficult for me to hear them to discuss my art/hopes/dreams in an abstract way - basically they were talking about me like I wasn't there. After that, I got three minutes to clarify anything on my submission. And, I clarified! I was shaking and my voice kept cracking, but dang it I clarified.


From the roster, I know that there are 53 artists who they were also reviewing/interviewing. The city funds only ten artists at $4,000 each. I walked away feeling like I might be one of them. It's a weird feeling to think that I can win. Fingers are crossed and I'll let you know sometime in late June/ early July.


I do have new work to share, but I'll share it for next time. Be well, happy!




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