I was all set to take down my photographs on April 17th; I had coordinated with the event manager and everything. The night I made plans to take down my work, I got an email from the Playhouse manager asking if I'd like to keep my work up until May 20th! Another month of exposure for free?!
I took my work down yesterday afternoon; it was much quicker to take down than to put up! I didn't have to worry about how the images flowed and told their stories. In fact, I didn't have as much to take down - I sold five pieces during my show's run!
This show fulfilled a goal that has been on my bucket list since I was an amateur photographer 12 years ago. I always dreamed of having some of my photography hanging in a gallery - and now I've hosted my own show! You can read the whole story, from concept to take down, by following the First Show tag on the blog.
I cannot express my gratitude to Playhouse on the Square enough. They are so supportive of local artists and give so much to the artists that help them out. It's a great community, and if you're creative, you should get involved with them! I am already looking forward to my next chance at hosting a gallery there.
Last night I headed downtown with a friend and my son to check out Volunteer Odyssey's new office and interactive mural. I have been involved with Volunteer Odyssey since I worked as a volunteer coordinator, and it's probably my favorite organization in Memphis because of how efficiently it connects volunteers and organizations that need help.
The Year to Volunteer initiative is something I'm excited about. I've missed volunteering for the past year or so, and am ready to get back to it! I was able to explore a volunteer opportunity through virtual reality, and then had a fortune teller match me with some organizations that need help.
It's been awesome to watch this program grow from job seekers volunteering to find their perfect workplace to this huge, city-wide initiative.
Yup - even this eager volunteer can help! There are tons of opportunities
for families, groups, individuals, and more. Check it out!