Saturday, August 30, 2014

Midnight Moon opens doors I had only dared to imagine...

Midnight Moon Cabochon Statement Necklace
Once upon a time 
There was a maiden who walked with Midnight Moon. 
Sometimes she floated peacefully among the stars 
And she liked to bring back their good energy 
To take with her into the dawn. 
Sometimes she slept along with Midnight Moon 
And when she slept 
She dreamt up things to come. 

For me, Midnight Moon represents abundance and creativity, as creativity is born out of the pregnant void of darkness. My creativity often happens in the quiet hours of the night, when I get to listen to crickets and cicadas in summer, sometimes gorgeous soft rains and rolling thunder, the leaves of the trees blowing in the wind, old movies and mysteries, and music.

Midnight Moon also represents the safe harbor for dreams and aspirations. I love the soft, knowing smile of her beautiful face, which is hand carved of black buffalo horn. As I imagined her floating in the nighttime skies among the tiny twinkling golden stars, I added silver-lined gold seed beads to this piece, which also includes amethyst, a stone whose energies enhance spiritual awareness and bring about tranquility and serenity.

Do you like to walk in the garden at night? Midnight Moon is there, shining softly among the flowers and leaves. 

The moon will shine at midnight
Oh look, she's picked some soft green ones to decorate her head, and some more in her beautiful fringe. I think she's waving at you too.

Midnight Moon with her leaves and flowers
I like the garden at night. It's so quiet and so very different from the brightness of the day. I think that Midnight Moon must be related to Kwan Yin, "She Who Hears the Cries of the World." Because art is a cry, a statement, a song of the soul.

My Kwan Yin, sitting peacefully in her garden cave.
So here we come to the part about how doors are opening during my time with Midnight Moon. 

The door to my studio, which I step out of and into my new world every day.
In between sessions when I was working on Midnight Moon I opened my Dreamkeeper Creations Etsy shop e-mail and discovered a message that made my heart sing. It was an invitation from the gallery manager, Lori Fisher, at the Bellefonte Art Museum asking if I was interested in showing my work at the new Jewelry Gallery. Wow. Yes!

But yes sometimes isn't quite enough (oh no!). I had to be accepted by the Artist Registry Jury Committee first (uh oh). So I submitted three photos of my work and crossed my fingers tight. 

A few hours later I received word that I'd been accepted, WOOT! So for several days I've been trying to yank myself down from the ceiling so I can focus on getting some more special pieces done for my upcoming show, which will happen between now and Christmas - we're finalizing the details (more info to come, and photos for you to enjoy if you can't attend). How exciting!

And here's the part about lovely synchronicities. (If you check out this link, scroll down to the Examples of Synchronicity for thrills and giggles. I love when things like this happen.)

I had recently joined the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, and submitted a couple of pieces to see if they could pass jurying for an upcoming show. They were not accepted. I think competition was pretty fierce, and I submitted beadwork while they may have been looking for larger pieces as well as more visual material. 

The synchronicity is that it was on the same day that I found out my pieces hadn't been accepted that I received the invitation to show at the museum. Hm, I thought, wonder if someone from the Art Alliance referred me, knowing that the Grand Opening of the Jewelry Gallery at the museum was coming up. I wanted to check, so asked Lori how she'd heard of me. 

Well wasn't I surprised when she said it was one of my Etsy customers who lived in town. She loved my work and mentioned me to the director of the museum, Patricia House. Wow, when a person cares enough to mention your name, that means a LOT! Thank you Cecilia!

So the doors that are opening are the ones that help me to move into new circles of friendship with people who do what I do and speak the language that is so familiar to me. Being a member of this organization allows me to attend opening receptions, do shows, take and teach classes, and generally move more solidly into my community. Yay!

Celebration material!
So this was like a little gift from the Universe in the way of synchronicity to keep me working at purpose. Don't you just love when that happens?!

This Midnight Moon statement necklace will be available for sale at the Bellefonte Art Museum show (in November I think) and after that in Dreamkeeper Creations.

Midnight Moon loves purple and black.
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1 comment:

  1. Midnight Moon found her forever home tonight, and I am honored that she belongs to this woman, especially because she's also an artist. It was glorious fun watching her try this special necklace on, and wonderful to see it sitting on her chest like it was made for her. Well my muse knew it was all along! Thank you Judith! Check out her work at