Ever since I moved to the Peninsula to be closer to work I have been missing my art community in Oakland. In my hunt for fellow artists and makers in my new area I came across The Shop at Flywheel Press in downtown San Mateo. The Shop operates as a store, workshop, venue for classes and place for artists to find community started and run by artists: Amber Seguine and Jenn Ludwig. Part of The Shop is a working letterpress studio- as a printmaker I was so excited to see printmaking going on in the space. I attended one of their First Friday openings a few months back. I was impressed by the turnout and the range of artwork and handmade crafts I saw on display. I left a few of my business cards on their announcement table after signing their mailing list and they reached out to me shortly afterwards to see if I wanted to participate in one of their community gallery shows. I was grateful and excited to hear from Jenn and Amber, and this month- May 2016 I will be participating in their First Friday show. I will be showing a few framed prints from my Wildfires series. Most of all I am excited to meet these creative ladies in person at our first planning meeting next weekend. The idea of finding community among artists in my new place of residence is very exciting. I will always feel a part of the Oakland art community because of the time I spent there and the inspiring artists and good friends I made while I lived and worked there. But I also want to be a part of the community where I live, and I think this is a step in that direction.
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