Artist's and samples of what's inside this issue - from top left corner across then down: "Steampunk Dream" by Dawn Fields; "See It" by L. Katherine Roberts; next 2 to follow, "You Are Not Alone" by Jessica Anne Lane Massingill; "Choose Health" by Jenny Petricek; and "Promptly Inspired Journal" by Elizabeth Tichvon
GIVE-AWAY OF THIS ISSUE TO MY AMERICAN PEEPS ONLY - CLOSING DEC. 31ST
Here’s my first impression of Somerset Studio Gallery, Winter 2017.
On page 3, Gracy Wilkins’ letter from the editor embraced me sincerely and prepared me to be dazzled by this eclectic assortment of creative works. As part of the Stampington and Company community my beginner mixed-media artwork is included in this stunningly art-filled presentation. It has been a very long journey for me to have my scrapbook pages included in this jam-packed artful issue. I began my art journey with scrapbooking in 1999 and these are my very first ever pages published.
I was thrilled at the sight of Jenny Petricek's books in the SPECIAL BOOK SECTION but more thrilled at her theme choice and daring personal article about over-the-counter pain medications. Wow, is all I can say on all counts. I heard her voice loud and clear through her art and her words. Leslie Wood follows Jenny’s piece and I experienced her books as captivating and stunning. My husband, Mel was partial to Susan Farrington’s books which take you away on a sailboat through darker palettes and curious night journeys.
There is colour, absence of colour, incredible hues of warm colours and eye stoppers full of colour that take my breath away. Elizabeth Tichvon stole my heart of colours using my most very, very favourite colours with her inclusion and body of works, to this issue . Lynne Moncrieff’s, Artist’s Spotlight melted the colours of my heart to liquid, leaving me inspired to continue to try again to break into mixed-media in a stronger way. Also, Lynne’s, Walk In The Woods, article is so visually real I thought I was in the woods of my imagination for the moments I lingered on her work. Best York, provides satisfaction for my need for visual whimsy, and can she do whimsy well!
Ok, I could go on about each and every artist but there isn’t enough space here on my blog. Believe me when I say there truly is something in this publication for everyone.
Gracy Wilkins is easy to work with, organized and professional during all stages prior to having my work published in Somerset Studio Gallery magazine. My scrapbook pages, first submitted to Jana Holstein, editor of Somerset Memories, (only back issues available now) was passed on to Gracy (thanks tons Jana for making this dream come true for me). They were first meant to be included in the summer issue of Somerset Studio Gallery 2016 and were pushed back for the winter issue. I can assure anyone who is told their work is put on hold for another issue will not be disappointed. Just as artists creating their works must know when a work is completed with attention to detail and final touches the same is true of all editors and the publisher. They have an incredibly keen eye for the final stunning visual of each publication. Gracy informed me as soon as possible about holding my work back. When it came time to proof the PDF she asked for changes. I was hesitant to respond with changes, but requested the photos be flipped and to include information about my inspiration from Renee Stien’s tutorial on their blog. Gracy said, “No problem. We can make those changes.” I felt heard as the creator and as contributor. It really was sort of like working with a real live gallery with my work being installed on their walls.