Once in Manitowoc I was feeling lost and unsure of where I would fit in. I started making things. For hours and hours I would spend time in my studio in my parents basement and spending the other hours of the day working at a bank...yes a bank. One day while walking downtown I noticed a for rent sign in a store window. My curiosity peaked and I got home and called the number. The rent was so affordable I decided it was time to resume the business I loved so much in Baraboo and so Persimmons Manitowoc style was born.
Having the shop made me realize that our community needed more opportunities for local artists to connect and network so I talked to a few of the artists I met through my shop and my friend Jolene Funk and we started Art and About. It really allowed artists of all ages and mediums to meet and support each other and since that day in 2004 our group has raised thousands of dollars to further the education of young artists in our county. We also host art tours to open the community to all the wonderful creative spaces of the 40 or so artists that make up Art and About.
My store Persimmons has changed a bit since opening in Manitowoc in 2004. I have moved to my current location at 314 N 8th Street in Manitowoc. The building is a 1890's brick beauty with an original mosaic tiled floor and even more amazing original tin ceiling. My open studio was recently featured in CPS Studios and I was honored to be featured along with so many talented artists and craft people!
My art has taken me on a path of so many wonderful journeys. In the last few years I have been fortunate (well kind of fortunate but mostly because I work my butt off) to be published in so many wonderful art magazines! If someone would have told me 10 years ago when I was first published in a little blurb in ME Home Companion that someday I would be regularly published I don't know if I would have believed it. My work has been in Somerset Gallery, Somerset Holidays and Celebrations, Somerset Studio, Bead Unique, Cloth Paper Scissors, CPS Studios, and Belle Armoire! Actually putting it on paper made me go wow! I am a lucky lucky gal.
I am really excited for the future and hope that maybe someday all of my hard work will allow me to actually make money...he he. Which is why I am working on my little art resume. Putting down all of my accomplishments on paper has made me realize that I really have accomplished a lot in just a few years that I am really proud of.
I am surrounded by a wonderful network of wonderful artists and friends that support me and who I love supporting as well and that is by far the best result of my art journey. There are so many amazing and talented people in this world and I am happy to have quite a few of them in my life!
So get out there and put yourself out there! Share your art and enthusiasm with the world and I promise in 5 years when you look back on what you have done you will smile.