Since embarking on this journey to revamp my website now that Fringe will have it's own little slice of the internet, I have had the pleasure of diving deep into my archives of photos, content and inspirations in search of the perfect elements to use in branding my new home.
Wow... how far I have come. I say this because, looking back at my older body of work I see so my change and progress.
I have been dedicated to painting for just over 2 years now - while, since childhood, I have alway been creative, I have always been willing to pick up a paint brush or a pen and get to making I have not ever really narrowed my focus and tried to make art full time before. At the start of my journey just under 3 years ago - art was an escape from a miserable work life situation. I was doing marketing and social media for a local company, I left that job in 2016 and jumped right into "being an artist." I walked out of there scared to take the first step but also knowing that 2 weeks later, I'd be showing at Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, an event that I wanted to be part of since I was 17 years-old. I am proof that you don't have to tolerate a bad situation and that if you are willing to pull up your bootstraps that you can achieve just about anything.
It's so obvious to me that I was starving for happiness, my work from this time in my life is so bright and vivid. Take a look at the pieces of work that helped me find my BRAVE and got the ball rolling to create Fringe and the life I am currently living. I am so thankful that art was there to help me dig out of a horrible place and that now, because of art I have made so many amazing friends and have been able to be part of so many amazing opportunities.
If you hang out with me on instagram, you know that my typical style is abstract so this was totally out side of what I've been creating lately... but it was a ton of fun to dive back into my college days of painting and sharpen those skills related to creating more realistic works.
My group of ladies were all artistically inclined in some way and we had a blast getting messy, making lots of dirty paint water and eventually creating a Liquitex masterpiece. Take a look at all of this beauty guys! For me, the best part of this workshop was the push, for the last 5 years I have been working on mostly abstract styles - so creating something that forced me to get out of my comfort zone was really a treat. Now, I am inspired in a new way and this past week, I've caught myself looking at botanicals, sunsets and wild surroundings in a new way. Thank you Liquitex for sponsoring this event and for helping me see some new beauty in my everyday world.
If you'd like to take a class with me, I'm currently teaching kids workshops on most Saturdays at both the Tampa Museum of Art and Imagine Museum. I'm looking for locations to host pop up adult classes in the Fall, so if you have a favorite wine bar or coffee shop that you think would be a fun spot to hang out and get creative, shoot me a comment below or email me at TERESANAVAJO@GMAIL.COM
Blick also offers FREE workshops every Saturday, so be sure to follow them on instagram at @BLICK_TAMPA to catch the next one!
I recently exhibited in OPUS and it was somewhat of a surreal experience. Here, I got to be the artist and didn't have to do anything other than show up, install and be present in the moment during the event. It was pretty great honestly.
Typically I am the one running around like crazy, setting up, promoting and getting everything juuuuust right for a troupe of artists to come in and shine. Fringe keeps me busy so I hardly ever get to make enough artwork to participate in shows. At the start of this year, I made a vow to make more time for me... I wanted to make one piece of new art each week (obviously that didn't happen, but leave it to me to be overly ambitious!) but I did have 12 new pieces when the call for artists for OPUS came out.
I went back and forth on if I should even apply... I feel so "rusty" in my practice lately that honestly, most of the work I am producing doesn't feel perfect enough to share. I pushed it off and allowed my schedule to fill up and then, before I knew it, the deadline was just about over... then, surprise! Extension! Well, now I guess I had no excuse and under the advice of Kara ( Art by Kara Voorhees Reynolds) I applied and was warmly invited into show.
So how was OPUS?
Well, the people running the event were very kind and it was a pleasure to meet them. The event had great attendance and the selections on display were expertly curated. It was a great night overall and I'd love to show again or even be part of the jury panel.
I know that what you really want to know is if the event was profitable - I did not sell any work, but I didn't expect to. The collection I showed featured larger works that had pricing to fit their scale. With that said, there were three other Fringe artists there and all three of them sold at least one piece of art. That's pretty great if you ask me. It was also great to dip my toe back into this side of the art world, I am definitely bitten and eager to show again soon.
Here are some (very candid) photos from the evening.
Did you attend OPUS? If so, who was your favorite artist on view? I'd love to connect with you about this show and others in Tampa!