In 2015 I decided to start the year off with “Paint & Bake” an easy ceramic painting class for adults at Guma Tasa. I also printed our first edition of “Explore, Learn & Color Guam” in English & Chamorro and launched it during Chamorro Month in March. Then came the Japanese & Chamorro version of the book through a grant I was awarded from the Guam Unique Art & Merchandise (GUMA). I hit the pavement knocking on retail stores on Guam to carry my open edition art prints and Guam coloring books. It has been an eventful and wonderful year – meeting new people, marketing my art, teaching and learning what it takes to run a business.
I had alot of parents write me on Facebook asking if their kids could come the “Paint & Bake” classes. What I found unique about the class is that it’s usable art and my kids as well as others loved it. What’s not to love about kids creating art and feeding their souls and mind of hope, and the beautiful process of painting? With this they learn that they can “do”. All it takes is effort, and the results are always so rewarding for children and adults as well as those around them.
During these sessions many parents & friends asked when I was going to do a canvas painting class. As a professional artist it was always something I wanted to do, but it wasn’t the right time. I had to get my ducks in a row and seriously find the time to promote it and do the research on materials to get the class going.
This year I am happy to say that my first canvas class is this month at Port of Mocha and I am very excited about it. We are currently looking for a space to hold these events and excited to unravel all the sessions we’ll have available. 2016 is going to be a milestone of artistic ventures!