A little over a year ago, I ventured out to Takoma Park's Art Hop. Art Hop is an annual event where various local artists pair up to show in local businesses throughout the town's Main Street. The city of Takoma Park is a tale of two cities; a perfect pairing of a quaint small Maryland town feel with a hippie chic D.C. flair. This Art Hop was particularly special to me because it was the first time I was able to take my wife outside of the house since November 2015.
After strategically plotting our trip, we ended up seeing 4 venues. Each one, in hindsight, having a purpose and impact on my future self. The very last exhibit I saw ended up being a catalyst to restart my art journey. This artist was one of the second to change my life. The first influence will be discussed at another time. After my fan girl crush subsided, I gained my composure and started to ask questions. This encounter was the first time where I found this motivation to show my work and I've dedicated the time to make this happen.
In less than a week, I am circling back to debut in my Metro Sketch series in Art Hop 2017. I am proud of the vulnerability that comes with this experience and the growth that will come from this exhibition. It's truly priceless to take over a year's worth of work and show it to the world. There is an underlying energy when the works are displayed together and suddenly the lines are connecting experience and emotion I am capturing of the metro rider.
The Metro Sketch series will be displayed at Willow and Maple Apartments: 6918 Willow Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20012, on Saturday, 29 April and the Main Street Takoma Farmer's Market, Laurel Ave Takoma Park,MD 20912, on Sunday, 30 April 2017. Details can be found on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1919476848320482/