This past Tuesday, the semi-finalists in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search were announced.
My piece didn't make the cut.
The assignment was to create a piece of wall art with a 'Little Terrariums' theme. And I was thrilled with what I came up with--I had so much fun!! Even though I didn't make it through, what I created was 100% me and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.
That's not to say I'm not a little disappointed. Last year (to my amazement--I entered on a whim), I made it through to the next round. This was my submission (the assignment was to create a journal cover with a 'Playground' theme).
So I knew it was possible...
There were 999 entries this year. You can see the list of semi-finalists here. And this year, they published everyone's submissions--so you can peruse the entire gallery if you are so inclined. It's an impressive collection, and I have no idea how Lilla and her team narrowed the field to the top 50 (what I would've given to have been a fly on the wall for those conversations).
Through Lilla's MATS classes, I know a lot of the artists who made it through. And I am genuinely excited for them. I can't wait to see what they create for the next round.
There were a lot of entries that I loved--pieces that would have made my top 50--that didn't make the cut though.
That's maybe the best and the worst of what I do, that art is inherently subjective.
In all honesty, I did host my own private pity party for a good part of the morning on Tuesday when the list of semi-finalists was announced. And then I got on my road bike and went for ride up a really big, steep hill. As always, this helped, immensely.
And then I picked myself up and dusted myself off. And I'm getting right back in that saddle. Giddyup.
And don’t forget, this is the last week in August--for the rest of the month, 10% of what I sell will go to DAVA, a local organization that “… provides high-quality, after-school programming in the Aurora community and has become an anchor of free arts education for 900 urban kids (ages 3-17) annually. DAVA programs are designed to provide young people with the tools necessary to activate a new vision for community through the arts.”