Wednesday, September 30, 2009

'this comes from within' photos

'this comes from within' is complete and open ~ now my job is to document it and get the word out about it before it comes DOWN (in two weeks). As I worked diligently on this all summer i knew it was an installation - with a break-down date & i was ok with that. But true confessions - October 16th is coming much faster than I want!!! The the opening was wonderful and i got in there with a tripod and got some good pictures ~ so things are good. And I am set up some extra gallery hours (*see note below) and there will be a party on October 16th!!!! (mark your calendars).

Here is a link to an album of some photos of the installation~
and I hope to have a video soon!!!

**** EXTRA GALLERY HOURS THIS WEEKEND!!!! ~ Sunday 2:30~5:30
i hope to have something yummy - brownies and cider!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Introducing 'fecund'

Another venue where you can find a dress ~
NAOS Group Show:"Doors & Windows"
Morse Institute Library ~ 14 East Central Street, Natick
September 1 - October 31, 2009
This is 'fecund' ~ it is enamel paint on an old window ~ wooden frame and all.
I used many different reds.

I love the pattern, and especially the shadow that it makes on the wall!!
There are many interpretations of windows and doors to be found in the show - worth a stop if you are in the neighborhood!!!
Also I finally figured out how to put a link to my fan page on this blog - check out the side bar :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Another opening, another party... or two!!!

First the opening on Friday night was wonderful - thank you to all who came. Also the installation is up for about a month so please stop by if you can - people have been having quite the experience. Medicine Wheel is open m-f and plan to have the installation ready from 10-4pm. I also can arrange to meet anyone there and have access to the gallery - so please contact me if you are interested in viewing 'this comes from within'.

Next ~
You are invited to attend the Artists’ Reception for

Thursday, September 24, 2009,

6:00 – 8:00p.m.

A group exhibition showcasing works in varied media on the theme of food as art
September 14 – October 31, 2009
Including work by:
Alice Abrams Laraine Armenti Mara Aspinall June August Martha Bedrosian Alex Campbell Catherine Davis Ernie D’elia Pauline Delin Mary Dunn Lisa Fay Virginia Fitzgerald
Michael Guadagno Joe Greene Elisa Hamilton Jennifer Hill Leise Jones Pam Jorgensen
Christiane Corcelle-Lippeveld Jeannette Martin Heidi Mayo Laura Miner Monica Mitchell Farnaz Mobayyen Karen Moss Kate Moss Maureen O'Connor Paul Osborne
Vicki Kocher Paret Cortney Provini Amy McGregor-Radin Ken Reker
Irena Roman Roberta Towel Lisa Sears
Maria-Amaryllis Siniossoglou Christina Spangler Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Vanessa St. Laurent Lisa Thompson Roberta Towel Jeff Warmouth

the show runs from Sept. 14- Oct. 31, 2009
Gallery talk : tues., Oct 13th, 2009 1-2:30p.m.
New Perspectives/Now Perspectives:
Tues, Oct 6, 2009 6:30-8:30p.m.
featuring local writers and poets, with introductory remarks and information on local hunger concerns by the Greater Boston Food Bank

gallery hours M/W/F : 10am-5pm, T/Th: 10am-7pm, Sa: 10am-2pm
the gallery is free and open to the public.
it is located @ the Community College stop on the MBTA orange line.

AND finally ......
Images of Conflict and Resolution in the 21st Century show at Lynn Arts, Inc. will have a closing party from 6-8pm on Tuesday, October 13th. The juror, Ken Hruby will be there from 7-8pm if you would like to meet him.
If you are interested i plan to attend both these functions!!! The BHCC gallery throws a pretty nice party!!! hope to see you there!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

I got a feeling that tonight is going to be a good night!!!

there is nothing like a song that totally fits the feeling of the moment ~ thank you Black Eyed Peas & itunes!!!

So tonight is the night ~ and 'this comes from within' is actually, mostly, basically, for the most part finished. After logging in an 11 hours day yesterday I turned the lights out on the gallery feeling good!! Of course there are a thousand different things that i want to change, remake or tweak but for tonight the piece is ready!!!! And surprising I am ready!!! One might think that i would be in a deep sleep coma but there is NOTHING like adrenaline and the high one gets from watching people respond to your work. The past few days people have wandering in to see how the installation is coming along and I have been blessed to witness how they are moved. It has been such a long, amazing journey ~ starting in February when I was offered this tremendous opportunity, and then since June 1st basically living @ Medicine Wheel, physically creating the space. There is so much I would love to share about the process however today I need to take care all those wonderful details needed for an opening - food, business cards... and then take a breathe & tried to be present for the opening. I feel so blessed to be able to follow this overwhelming passion and to have so many people around me who cheer me on - thank you!!! & peace!!!
p.s. it is nearly impossible to capture the installation ~ but here is a attempt, but if you can come see it!!! it is an experience!!! :)

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Michael Dowling & Medicine Wheel Productions
‘this comes from within’
an installation by
Virginia Fitzgerald

September 18th ~ October 16th, 2009

opening Reception~
Friday, September 18th, 5-8pm

Medicine Wheel Productions
110 K St.
South Boston, MA
Gallery hours: M~F 10-4
or by appt.

further info.
call (617)596-5179 or (617)268-6700
virginia fitzgerald fan page
on facebook


(for some reason it took me FOREVER to get this postcard together. nothing like placing the order for your show's invitation less than 2 weeks from the opening -- nothing like last minute promotion :) if you want to have a postcard sent to you please sent me your address!!!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Yeah for the world wide web!!!!!

Isn't the Internet amazing???? It is always interesting to me to see what information gets where and how. I just goggled myself to see if my facebook fan page comes up and low and behold I found my Dress of Etiquette on the web site Emily Post’s Etiquette Daily ~

Now sadly my facebook fan page did NOT come up - I still need to work on that. But I have set up a fan page!!! (Yeah - after many frustrating hours of my computer freezing up) And so there is another site about my work out in cyberspace. Now I am not completely sure the difference between a fan page and a blog because everyone can view the fan page -you don't need to be a member. However with the fan page i was able to create a photo album which chronicles the construction of 'this comes from within'. Also I have been able to post the information about the opening which is helpful ~ since I still don’t have the official postcard invite and the opening is only 15 days away. But my mantra lately has been – it will all work out!!!!

Now back to the fan page …. To view my new fan page with the photo album …here is the address.
Lastly, today this quote was emailed to me and I am amazed on how timely this delivery was. As I am finishing this installation, I have been working hard on my artist's statement about it & this quote had given me another perspective. Many who see the eggshell dress immediately think wedding dress and even though it is a white dress I was not going for wedding dress, per say. However this quote put a different spin on the idea of being a bride, giving me an entirely new thought process. So I say again ~ isn’t the Internet amazing????
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” Mary Oliver

So once again, thank you Mary Oliver & peace

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

last day of summer as we know it....

Well the summer may not be officially over by the calendar, but for this family it is over for school starts tomorrow. It is bittersweet ~ excitement about the new adventures ahead but sadness for the loss of carefree days and late nights. So today was a day I firmly put on my mom hat ~ locating school bags, securing bus passes, getting lots of unsolicited hugs, & trying to put the eggshell installation out of my mind (easier said then done). However the weather assisted by handing us one of those magnificent late summer days - cool, fresh, crisp air; warm, soothing sun; the buzzing of crickets; the whirl of dragonflies and and one last adventure. A writer friend and I, along with our girls, have embarked on the one card library tour. We started in the spring with the goal to visit all our local libraries that accept our particular library card and there are about 50 ~ it is a great system. So today I believe we visited our 6th (this is going to take us awhile). So we drove to Stow where they have a sweet library and spent an hour or so perusing the shelves. When we came out the morning chill was gone and the sun beckoned us to the grassy knoll across from the library. There my friend and I soaked up the sun as our girls scrambled around the bayberry bushes trying to get the dragonflies to land on them (& they did!!!). And there as I breathed in the last day of vacation and the air was filled with the song of the cicadas which is so familiar this time of year, the last line of Mary Oliver's The Summer Day rushed into my brain. At the time I had forgotten the title of this particular poem... but how appropriate. So I had to share because it is a wonderful poem & I cherish the last lines, and it truly captured the spirit of this day. Thank you Mary Oliver & peace ~

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean--
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down,
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
~ Mary Oliver ~
(New and Selected Poems, Volume I)