It's been a week of good fortune -- first, the article on my memoir class appeared in The Valley News and then today I was notified that one of my digital photo collages, Reflective Stroll, was chosen to be included in the AVA Gallery and Art Center's Twentieth Annual Juried Summer Exhibition art show. This year AVA received a total of 310 works by 173 artists from 81 communities throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. This is my second year entering and although none of mine were accepted last year I was told that one came pretty close. This year, however, I submitted two of my digital collages and one was accepted. Of the 310 works submitted, 83 by 73 artists were accepted. The reception for the show is this Friday, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Just in case all this good fortune were to go to my head, I snapped this humbling photo on the way into the AVA Gallery to pick up the piece that did not make the cut. While the AVA Gallery is a prestigious art center, here in the Upper Valley we don't take ourselves too seriously. The artists had to follow a trail of signs around the back of the gallery to pick up their work. This was one such sign, hopefully not indicative of the artwork to be shown.