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A Sense of Place: Musings & Reflections on the Completion of a Museum Exhibition

 

Discovering the Chattahoochee Valley

Silk Paintings by René Shoemaker
August 23, 2015 - July 2016
 

My exhibit at the Columbus Museum is no longer on display; 

the closing reception has come and gone.

 

The silk paintings are rolled on cores, wrapped securely and labeled with tags.

 

They have come home.

 

As I drove back from Columbus with the art laid carefully on the back seat, I had many mixed emotions; thoughts swirled in my head; I vacillated between happiness and sadness.

 

I am so very, very proud that this exhibit happened. 

That Kristen Miller Zohn met me, liked my work, and proposed an exhibition.

 

That she had a vision, that we communicated well, and we created a body of work that was born by sharing ideas and feedback.

 

That my artistic vision resonated with others; that my mission in my art was welcomed by the public.

 

That I was invited to teach, to lecture, to be interviewed by the media and educators. That so many people were interested in what I had to say about my art, and about my life.

 

That children used my art as inspiration to create their own visions of Columbus.

 

I am a different person now.

I am more confident, I am strong, I am ready to take on the world.

 

My future as an artist is still unknown. What exactly is the career path for an artist?

But I know that my vision can be executed, and that I can reap the benefits of sharing my art.

 

Thank you to all those who have supported me and continue to support me.

 To those that believe in me, and always have. 

To my family and friends.

And to all those that know me through my art alone.

 

I have arrived.