Show Your Work!

38fd1d00-00aa-4585-aa94-3a431aa2e058What a great summer in Orlando, right? I love the daily rains. And the hot noonday sun. The stunning sunsets. Longer daylight allowing for more leisurely evenings eating alfresco with friends. And those glorious Saturday morning bike rides with Orlando Bike Tours. (Sarah Peerani creates clever and fun bike events for visitors and locals. You have to try it.) And so many opportunities to enjoy the literary arts: check out Scribbles and MAD’s  Artsy Smartsy Calendar. And Mike McLeod is the go-to person for information about the visual arts  in Orlando. See his profiles, reviews, and insightful commentary about the arts in his Art Beats column in Winter Park Magazine and Orlando Magazine.

And here’s one more event to draw you into the burgeoning Orlando creative scene: on Thursday, June 25, 6:30 – 8:30, LifeArt Studio and Writer’s Block Bookstore are teaming up to offer a Creative Momentum Gathering to inspire us on our creative path.

We want you to be there!

Well-known Orlando poet, essayist and blogger Susan Lilley will join me to talk about the importance of getting your artful creations out into some kind of public forum. She’ll tell us how her blog, The Gloria Sirens, grew out of a small group of women who regularly share their work with each other. And other artful friends of LifeArt Studio will be there to share their experiences of moving from closet dabbler to artist willing to see their work through new eyes. It’s a creative leap, for sure, but so, so important.

51OQmT-deRL._AA160_But we start with baby steps!  Austin Kleon’s instructive little book called Show Your Work has great advice.

So even if you’re not ready to show your work, come and talk with us about what might be holding you back. What bad thing do you believe will happen if you do? What limitations does your trepidation place on your ability to create? What kind of support would encourage you?

This is an important conversation, one that just might move you into a new relationship with your creative self. Please come and enjoy good conversation, good company, and yummy  treats from Cocina 214.

This event is free, but reservations are necessary. Please contact me here and I’ll  put you on the reserved list. We have a big group this month, so we’re moving the location to accommodate more people. On Wednesday, I’ll send details in an email reminder to those who have reserved a seat.

I look forward to another lovely evening in our beautiful community.

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