1. Last night was the launch party at the Colonial Dr Barnes & Noble for Jackie’s book, Magic Under Glass! As just about everyone knows, I’m extremely excited – both for her being published (by Bloomsbury!), and also because I had the pleasure of taking her author photo for the book and promo material.
2. Photographer and all around swell guy, Kyle Cassidy, who I’ve had the pleasure of ‘knowing’ online for several years through LiveJournal, made a great statement on his blog the other day.
“…every step you take should be motion towards — it might not make sense now but people who are doing things attract other people who are doing things. It’s the gravity of art. Eventually your idols collect in your living room.”
It is so true. About a week before he wrote that, I received an email from photographer Tisse Mallon, who I’ve never met but had heard of through some mutual acquaintances (friends?) in Orlando. She was putting together a group of seven artists to meet up for dinner and I was one of the lucky artists invited (I love being invited!).
Well, straight after the book launch last night was our dinner at Etho’s (great Orlando vegan restaurant) and I got to know some of the nicest, sweetest and most welcoming people you could hope to meet. Only four of us could make it last night (Tisse, Anna McCambridge, and Amber Mundinger), but we’re forming an artist’s group called ‘7’ based on the original seven artist’s invited, and we’ll be meeting monthly to get to know each other and support one another in different endeavors. This is really exciting for me and I can’t wait to see what happens from all these new friendships and connections.
P.S. Since we drove straight form the bookstore, Mathew came along to the meeting at Etho’s but chilled on a couch in the corner drinking tea and reading magazines. After about half an hour a pretty young blonde came over, introduced herself and batted her lovely lashes at him. When he mentioned he was with his wife all she said was that she felt ‘so foolish’, then was so embarrassed she leapt up, went back to her table, and she and her whole group of her friends left! Sad for her, but good for Matthew’s ego 🙂