ARTIST STATEMENT AND BUSINESS PROFILE
My relationship to creating the work:
REVEALING MY HEART is a lifelong quest ... my frailties & yearnings.
Sometimes it's the color or mood...
Sometimes it's the beauty of what I see...
Sometimes it's the boldness of free spirit..
Sometimes it's capturing the touch and feel of the visual.
And, in every painting, meeting/event, business or marketing plan,
I yearn for others to see me ... the experiences of my life and my own heart --
where I've been, what I've felt and what I've seen...
and I yearn to help others to reach for places they've never thought of for their own lives.
DESIGN & MARKETING: Organizational development ; business, strategic and market planning, brochures, MEETINGS & EVENTS, and robust, state-of- the-art dialogue facilitation processes which lead organizations through change, information exchange and adoption of new processes for future growth.
Elegant Flair Gallery: Artistic services, and the newest segment of our business, Award-winning ART: FINE ART [Oil Paintings & Watercolor Ink Abstracts] - original, commissioned - Wall & Floor Art - Murals & Scenery - SUNSCREEN ART for docks, pools and porches - Acoustical Soundboard Art - Municipal / Public Art .
NEW PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS 2009: Affordabe unique, luxury Shade Sails for porch, dock & patio, Umbrellas (structural or retractable) and Event Tents.
B.S. Business Mgmt. - Marketing, Maryville University. Certified Meetings Professional accreditation. Multiple studies - Meeting Professionals International 1990-2004. Three and one-half years Art Instruction by Master of Fine Arts graduate of Washington University (St. Louis). Additional Oil Painting Classes 2004: Wild Animals, Portraits, Plein Air, Anatomy. Painting Classes 2005: Sue Bergman - Oil Portraits; and Suzanne Pointon - Watercolor Ink paintings. Painting Class 2006: Cleda Curtis, Fundamentals of Color & Values. Violin Studies (private) - Webster University 1946-1958.
Awards, Contributions, MembershipsComprehensive corporate background in human resources and marketing, customer and community programs. A CERTIFIED MEETINGS PROFESSIONAL (CMP) who has designed programs as complicated as 1996 Summer Olympics and many other international corporate programs.
Founded/chaired the St. Louis Hunger Coalition; served on the St. Louis YWCA and Interfaith Partnership boards, as well several other organizations including Meeting Professionals International on an international and local level.
Award Sampling: "1996 Citation Award for Significant Career Achievement & Community Service," Maryville University. "St. Louis Hospitality Award for Best Special Event," 1993 (1992 PGA Evening). "Leadership Award," Monsanto Company. "Blue Ribbon." Ozark Brush and Palette Club. "Outstanding Committee Member," Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) Ethics Task Force. "Outstanding Committee Member," MPI's Corporate Special Interest Group Council. "Planner of the Year," St. Louis Area Chapter of MPI (SLAMPI). "MPI International Chapter Manager of the Year," 1994 & 1995 nominee. "Achievement in Community Service," St. Louis Alliance. Attracted three major businesses to the Lake of the Ozarks (Pier 1 Imports, Outback Steakhouse and Marshall's Mega Store).\
2005/2006: Multiple SUN SCREEN paintings (my unique invention) for boat docks & pool screens @ Lake of the Ozarks. Three (3) 24' x 12' scenes (Garden of Eden, the Mountains, and Bethlehem) for local church pageant.
Sept/October, 2006: Best of Missouri Hands Juried Art Exhibit @ William Woods University
October, 2006: 8th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition for one year - see Gallery 2, line 2 first painting @ www.energygallery.com.
October 20, 2006: Energy Gallery Freestyle 2-3-d Show (Toronto and on line) -- see Nancee http://asingularcreation.com/Art_Contests/art_contest_2006.htm. See also A Singular Creation, a one of a kind art community that provides many wonderful resources for artists such as: a unique online gallery, free art opportunities newsletter, art contests and shows, art forums for critique with a user gallery and much more. http://asingularcreation.com/Directory/artist_links1.htm or http://www.asingularcreation.com/Directory/galleries1.htm or http://www.asingularcreation.com/Directory/art_business1.htm Thanks for looking!
December, 2006: Invitational Exhibit @ 2nd annual Feliza Nuevodad Art Exhibit @ Nuevo Cafe Gallery.
January, 2007: ArtistSites.prg Virtual Community of Artist & Photographer Portfolios! (Visit me at www.artistsites.org/CreativeDimensionsMakingLifeaWorkofArt)
March 1, 2007 thru February 28, 2008: Upstream People Gallery "9th Annual Faces International Onliine Juried Art Exhibition."
December, 2006 thru June, 2007: The Gallery, Jefferson City (state capital) and numerous other art exhibits.
May 11, 2007: Lake Sun Leader newspaper's - Weekend Arts & Entertainment Section C - May 11-12, 2007 "Making Life a Work of Art, One Sunscreen at a Time" see http://www.lakesunleader.com/articles/2007/05/11/community/11.txt.
December, 2006 thru March 1, 2007: Gallery 2, Jefferson City, Missouri.
May 1, 2007 to 5/1/08: Above newspaper article resulted from juried artist selection among 67 artists showcased in the 9th Contemporary Art International Juried Online Art Exhibition [go to www.upstreampeoplegallery.com.
September, 2007: J. J. Twig's, a restaurant entry mural of Bagnell Dam (12ft x 7 ft.)
September, 2007: Firehouse Gallery & Studio, Webster Groves.
October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008: Upstream People Gallery "9th Annual Abstraction Intl. Online Juried Art Exhibition" from approx. 350 worldwide entries, for painting "All That Jazz."
October 12, 2007: "Where the Arts Come Out to Play," Lake Sun Leader, Front Page Arts & Entertainment Section
2007: On-going appearances in the following galleries: Small Wood House, Art Frames & Interiors.
October-December, 2007: Exhibit: The Firehouse Gallery & Studios - Webster Groves, Missouri
November, 2008: Exhibit: The Landing - Osage Beach,Missouri
October/November, 2009: NOAPS Best of Missouri Exhibit of 2 paintings - Marceline, MO
October-December, 2010: The Willows Gallery - St. Louis, MO. - one-person show on 150 ft. of gallery walls
Memberships: Founder & President, Symphony of the Lake (Lake of the Ozarks) , former VP, Community Foundation of the Lake; National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS), Art Saint Louis, SLAA Greater St. Louis Art Association , Springfield Regional Arts Council, Best of Missouri Hands (juried artist) See BOMH.net/creativedimensions.com.htm, Ozark Brush & Palette Club (former membership chair), Lake Arts Council, Lake Area Community Orchestra, Lake Area Strings, Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau (board member), and Meeting Professionals International. Member, Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies [http://www.macaa.net/searchcardresults.php?sid=AJbCtjMIRxhPtsyscTt + enter artist search for Byington].
For MPI, chaired committee to write "Principles of Professionalism" (Code of Ethics) for the industry, serving on and leading special interest group councils.
Certified Women-owned Business Enterprise #W00718 by the State of Missouri, Office of Equal Opportunity: