PIC It is time to go public. I am trying to make my dream of an enamel center a reality. This will be the first of many blogposts about the Center for Enamel Art. The posts will begin appearing in a new website next month. There will also be a Facebook page and a Twitter feed for the Center – although I am very bad at administering social media. There will also be a sign-up form on this site that you can submit in order to receive e-mail announcements about me, the Center project, and related events for the enameling community as a whole.
The genesis of the enamel center began many years ago. In frequent drives around the Bay Area I would come upon a storefront or a building and say both out loud and to whomever would listen: “this would make a great enamel gallery” or “we could do so much for enamelists in this space.” Then last summer, I finally was spurred into action by 2 events:
- Driving to a show in Bellevue, WA, a young go-getter informed me that if I wanted a center I should get started now because I wasn’t getting any younger and no one else had started one.
- I inadvertently created a web domain with a new webhost that said “westcoastenamelcenter”.
Now, after almost a year of talking to people, evaluating resources, and wondering if I have the energy to make this happen, The Enamel Center I have thought about and dreamed of for so long may indeed become a reality. Now comes the hard part: creating a structure, a plan, and finally, raising money for an actual space. In the meantime The Center will find a fiscal sponsor in order to gain interim non-profit status.
This project will involve skills I do not have to get it off the ground so I am putting out a call for anyone who wants to be part of this exciting development in the enameling world to come on board.
I will be sending out a “status” e-mail with accompanying survey about the Center very soon to everyone I have contacted as well as everyone who might be interested in hearing about this.
I have included the Enamel Center Vision Statement in this post. Please sign up to be on my mailing list.