I mailed in my proposal for a one woman show, called "I'm Just Getting Started" to the Hopkins Center for the Arts and it will arrive today, (please think good thoughts for me.)
Here is what I sent (my BIL helped me tweak the wording)...
"Crossing the age of forty is pivotal time in a woman’s life for many reasons, biological, cultural and spiritual. On November 6, 2006 I will begin a year-long project to create 40 mixed-media dolls, to be completed by my 40th birthday one year later (November 6, 2007). The completed show will be a visual biography of sorts, a mixed-media exhibit of a mixed-media life. In a broad sense, the show will also be a biography of the oldest members of Generation X—those of us buffeted in the wake of the baby boomers.
But mostly, the show will be a quirky, fun, thought-provoking, and above all, celebratory, a series of snapshots captured in mixed media. I will journal or “blog” my experiences during the year—through sketches, photos and the written word. These mixed-media blog entries will be integrated into the show. A minimum of 20 pieces will be for sale. The title of the show is a counter statement to the idea that life at and after 40 is “Over the Hill”.
I also propose that as part of the year-long project, I offer a series of “Art Parties” at the HCA specifically targeted at women. These workshops would be marketed as a fun way to try out a new art form, and also as a way to participate in a larger, communal, artistic meditation on womanhood, aging, and those pivotal moments women encounter in their lives. The workshops will be framed as welcoming to women of all ages, but there is a large market of women whose lives have been so busy with families and careers they have neglected pursuing their own artistic interests. These workshops would be for anyone who fits that description.
I can offer a variety of classes that range from 1-3 hours. A series of 3-hour small art doll classes would be perfect. I supply all the supplies and each person begins and finishes their own mixed media art doll during the workshop, using a variety of fabrics, paint, polymer clay, fabric stamping and bead embroidery. "
I have been playing with this idea for a while now and it's not a new concept by any means, but something I feel the NEED to do. So even if they don't want to show it, I will start approaching other galleries, because I do intend to do it regardless. I will know sometime in March.