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What do ART and Hurricanes have in common?

…Asheville, North Carolina & Hurricane Florence, September 2018. I know, I was there.

I returned home…

from an event in Asheville, North Carolina on Sept.15th. 2018.  My 6:05am flight home was remarkably uneventful… the weather, the change in O’Hare, Chicago, the business class seat upgrade & the early return home.  I attended a 3 day live event at the Uplevel Academy, hosted by founder & CEO Christine Kane.  The purpose was to develop business skills and expand my mindset.  It was a life changing experience for me on several levels.

A little background…

In May I signed up for Uplevel Café.  Among the fabulous direction and tools Christine Kane offers there’s an amazing Facebook community (it’s members-only).  Here Christine & her topnotch team connect with members offering perspective on issues eliminating “the feelings of isolation” entrepreneurs often face.  It’s been wonderful for me as I move forward with my art business.  

In July the opportunity to attend the September UpLevel Live event in Asheville, North Carolina became available and I grabbed it.  The three day event was an incredibly valuable experience for me. I learned super new business tactics in those few days; Christine is a terrific teacher.  But the shift was major with a new “mind-set” of how I see the art I create, my purpose, offerings and the business itself as a whole.

Asheville is a vibrant artsy place…

beautiful, with a lot of history. When the opportunity arrived for the UpLevel Live event I immediately researched their arts scene and was thrilled to discover the depth in music, performing and visual arts. I visited the River Arts District where 220+ artists work in studios open to the public; I managed a few hours there. Their economy is tourist based and the mood is very laid-back. There’s lots of glass in the galleries around town in keeping with the Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition.

I visited the Biltmore Estate (there are no words…) where I saw the Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition presented in the historic gardens throughout the estate.  Altogether magnificent.  I’d seen the Dale Chihuly exhibition here at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Completely different when seen in a natural environment…the dramatic creations rest naturally within the cultivated gardens designed by revered Biltmore landscape architect Frederik Law Olmsted.  Lots of history in this charming city with a population of about 100,000.

Asheville Album

Galleries and local art…

Chihuly at Biltmore…

Around town in Asheville…

The main take away…I came home a changed person.

… as I planned the trip in July friends and family asked, “Roxanne, isn’t mid-September hurricane season?” “….mmmm, ya,” I responded.  In the back of my mind I turned over sad memories of Irma’s devastation.  We held our breath watching the reports and live cams as the hurricane beat through the Caribbean and Florida.  Most of us have friends there or those with winter retreats.  I’ve read recently that folks are still recovering.

The week before I left for Asheville I researched the weather mainly to pack appropriately.  Asheville is quite in-land from the east coast; I calculated there would be time to move out if necessary.  It was strange, I usually ponder such things at length, occasionally obsessing.  But this time I made a clear decision: I was going to the UpLevel Live event in Asheville, …and that was that.  I avoided the news & Youtube once in North Carolina, but regularly checked the local weather forecast and flight cancellations.  With the exception of a very rainy Monday, Sept. 10th, the rest of the week was warm and sunny. I became so focused on my purpose that a sense of calm began to guide me.  That’s huge.

Back home…

I won’t get into specifics, but suffice to say, things here are crazy.  I feel I’m being tested…construction in and outside my apartment building with all the attending and major distractions. So stressful in fact I had to purchase a pair of headphones to save my sanity and health while staying in my apartment during the day to get things done.

You know you’ve changed when you’re handling every challenging situation from a new perspective, at least some of the time, less emotionally, more detached. It’s less draining, certainly more empowering. It’s a whole new experience for me, even if I revert to my old ways from time to time.  Getting away can do that, but this time it’s a deeper sense of understanding; and I like that.  The support of good friends is so important, and I’m grateful to them… I have many things to be thankful for.

I send my deepest condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the Carolinas during this devastating hurricane.  May God bless you all.





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Capturing light to render it’s effects is one reason Roxanne loves to create art. Preferred subjects for her oil paintings are the human form, florals in their environment, still life including teacups and satin bows, skyscapes and hot air balloons. Her current focus is the figure in portrait painted with a view to expressing emotion by capturing light and rendering it’s effects. With a painting career spanning 20 years, Roxanne completed her Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in 1998.  An exhibitor in numerous group and solo exhibitions, Roxanne’s original artwork has won several awards, hangs in collections internationally and has been published in InternationalArtist.com Magazine. A finalists in the 2008 fine art competition Roxanne’s painting L’Habilleuse was featured in the November 2009 issue of The Artist’s Magazine’s Competition Spotlight. Roxanne is currently developing a body of work for exhibition in 2019. Spring 2018 she attended an art workshop given by David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kaman of The Artists Guild in Santa Fe. Roxanne traveled to Italy in 2013 to attend artist David Jon Kassan’s workshop at the JSS in Civita Castellana.


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