i. I'm in the process of opening a bookstore in The Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room called The Word in the Willow. I've written a bit about it on my blog and the JC Press has written about it here.
ii. Karlota Contreras-Koterbay and Lyn Govette are curating an upcoming group exhibition entitled Threads of Empowerment at Tipton Gallery from September 22 to October 22, 2015.
The Threads of Empowerment exhibition features works of artists whose advocacy are conveyed through fiber art. Speaking through the media of cloth, needle and threads, the artists express their struggles and narratives related to gender, disability, identity, race and the need for empowerment and acceptance of what is different. Threads of Empowerment intends to visually convey universal concerns for a better, more tolerant and accepting community. Each artist uses the medium of fiber to explore racism, heterosexism, gender inequality, ageism and ableism. The issues that are addressed in the exhibition are varied and diverse, with no illusion to encompass nor present a final resolution, but rather weave the various conversations into a communal tapestry.
The reception and gallery talk during First Friday on October 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.
iii. PROJEXx Studio & Gallery is hosting a group exhibition sometime next week. All I know is that I'm supposed to bring work over on Saturday, Oct 26th. I'll update this when I know more. My suggestion is to pay attention to FB for more information since Nikki will probably make an event page. It's going to be their last event for a while so you should definitely try to make it out there. EDIT: I may not be in this show anymore because I have a prior committment. Still. You should go.
iv. I'm doing another talk at ETSU, this time for the Women on Wednesdays series hosted by the Women's Studies program. The theme, broadly speaking, is how I have tried to understand the obtainment of power in my art and how that conflicts with actual empowerment. (But don't hold me to that.) The talk will take place on September 30th at noon, location TBA.
v. From September 25th through October 2nd, 2015, Slocumb Galleries will be hosting their annual Homecoming Art & Craft Fundraiser. "The fundraiser is a great way for student art clubs and local artists to feature and sell their work on campus. Members of the community, as well as other students, will have the opportunity to view and purchase the artwork." Cat Party will have a table set up with The Secret Bangs zine, Cat Friendly CP Coloring Book Vol. 1, some artwork, and other little things. Proceeds from the sale benefit the gallery as well as future Cat Party projects.