“What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn’t be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.”

~David Hockney

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a reception for my friend and neighbor, artist Carrie Moore. Carrie had a show opening at Riversea Gallery in Astoria and I was lucky enough to ride along and deliver new work.

What a gorgeous day it was in Astoria! Fall is the best at the Oregon Coast! We had a fabulous time sharing art & food!

Dinner at Baked Alaska

Dinner at Baked Alaska

View of the Columbia

View of the Columbia

Carrie at her opening reception

Carrie at her opening reception

One of the new pieces I delivered to the gallery…. This was done with collage pieces made with the #Gelli-Plate.

"No Nostalgia" ©Ruth Armitage Mixed Media Collage 16"x20" framed $395

“No Nostalgia” ©Ruth Armitage Mixed Media Collage 16″x20″ framed $395

It was an evening to share art and community

It was an evening to share art and community

Carrie was happy to have the company, and that started me thinking about how important it is to support other artists. Supporting an artist is not a one way street. We can all use help and encouragement along the way.

Here are 5 ways to show your support to an artist:

  1. Attend their opening reception or open studio.
  2. Bring a few friends to their event.
  3. Offer to help them prepare for or staff a show.
  4. Share their posts on social media.
  5. Add their work to your collection.

This week, a few people shared one of my Facebook posts. I know that isn’t a big deal, but it really brightened my day to know that someone thought my art was worth passing along to their friends.

Carrie & I will be sharing our work at Open Studios of Beavercreek, October 10, 11 & 12th. 2014. She is stop #1 on the map & I’m stop #2 on the map. Click the link at the bottom of this post to download the map and studio list.  I hope you’ll come by… we would love to share our work with you!

We artists work in isolation and often struggle with insecurities, inner critics and uncertainty. The support you share by your kind words and actions can really help an artist. I am a firm believer that being positive and helping others comes back to you tenfold.

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