An Art Exhibition of works by : Michelle Wolfe (aka : dreamsosweet)

ClintH · July 28, 2003 9:57 am

When I learned that dreamsosweet was having a art exhibition locally I was extremely excited. Since it was local to me in Atlanta, GA I would have the pleasure of attending in person. I have always admired dreamsosweet's work and to see it in print was a fantastic experience. The exhibition is at the Centerville Community Center from June 17th, 2003 through August 15, 2003. dreamsosweet just informed me that it has been extended until mid September! I attended on June 19th with my wife Lillian, a very close friend Carrie and her daughter Jazzmine. We arrived at 7:00pm and were greeted by dreamsosweet and her daughter Lydia. Dreamsosweet's artwork graced the walls of 3 hallways and was drawing a lot of attention. There was a real nice food spread as well! I hope you enjoy dreamsosweet's interview and a few of the pictures I took. Is this your first art exhibition? In real life, yes - I've got pictures in several different online galleries, but this was my first venture into a print showing. Was it hard to organize? Not as hard as I was afraid it might be - the people at Gwinnett Parks and Rec have a very good info package that explains everything they need and when they need it, and they were wonderful about answering any questions I had. The hardest part was trying to decide which images to use in what sizes, I wanted to present a good cross-section of the type of work I do, and also show the wide variety that can be achieved digitally....that and writing an "artist statement" - art's just what I do, I never really stopped to think about my "philosophy" and put it into words. Where you happy with the attendance? I wish there had been more people at the reception, but some of the initial publicity went astray....but the people who were there were the ones who really mattered to me, and I was very happy with the feedback on the images! Who does your printing? They looked fantastic! LOL! This is almost embarrassing - I did the 8x10s and 5x7s with the "print it yourself" machine at Walmart, it uses heavyweight Kodak paper, the color is just incredible and the price is reasonable! I burned the images onto CD at 300 ppi in CMYK, followed the directions on the touch screen and stood there while they printed, I did about 35 pics that way, and they all came out perfect - I will definitely use them again. The 6 poster size prints were done by CafePress, they took about 10 days from ordering online to the time I received them, and again, I was very happy with the price, and the quality and color in comparison to the original digital image. What programs do you use to create your artwork with? Poser 4 and Paint Shop Pro 7, primarily. I use Photo Shop Elements for painting hair and a few effects, and for some resizing and saving - and I'm learning Bryce, but I'm still pretty much in the "click and hope I get lucky" stage with it. I've got 2 Olympus digital cameras that I use for my photography, all the manipulations are done in PSP or PS Elements. Your exhibition was very inspiring. Do you have any advice for artists who might want to have their own exhibition? All those corny cliches - "go for it", "just do it", LOL! Put yourself out there, carry cards with your online gallery url, carry samples of your work....if you're somewhere and they've got some kind of exhibit space, ASK how to get shown (that's how I got this one). Look in local papers and online for Call for Artists in your area and submit your stuff - the worst they can say is no, and they just might say yes, but you'll never know if you don't try. Above all, don't let anyone tell you that "digital" isn't "art"....as those of us who spend hours and days and pints of blood, sweat and tears on our images know, it's every bit as much art as any other medium, it's just not as well recognized.....and it never will be recognized if even those of us who create it get sucked into the "it's not really art" mindset! Overall were you pleased with the exhibit? Absolutely! It is a truly awesome experience to see your own images printed, matted and framed for the first time, and to hear people you don't even know say things like "Wow, this is beautiful" - that sounds really egotistical, but it's not meant that way, it's more like having a baby, and someone says "what a cute baby".....I think we all have bits and pieces of ourselves in all our images, and feel in a way like we've "given birth" to them.....mounting this exhibit was one of the scariest, and yet most exhilarating things I have ever experienced. (And it's also addicting, I am definitely going to be trying for more shows - having gotten my feet wet with this one, I am ready to jump in the lake, LOL!)
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dreamsosweet posing next to one of her prints.
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Lillian, dreamsosweet, Carrie, Jazzmine and Lydia.
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Steel Magnolia - Enhanced Photograph.
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dreamsosweet in deep conversation with Liliian and Carrie. Jazzmine is admiring the prints on the wall.

Article Comments


BluesPadawan ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 28 July 2003

I'm really proud of my friend for taking this giant step! I remember several years ago when she was first getting her feet wet in the digital art arena, and one of those that used to tell her...just go for it! Dreams, you did and I again am very proud of your achievements!

Alfons ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 29 July 2003

Great work Michelle!!

rockets ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 29 July 2003

This is just wonderful Michelle, congratulations! I think this is the type of thing we'd all like to do evidentially, but for whatever reason, never get around to it. My hat's off to you! Carol

Richabri ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 29 July 2003

Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaah Michele! Good for you and I'm very happy for you! You are one of the nicest people I know here at 'Rosity and you have done all of us very proud :)

racin-jason ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 29 July 2003

My only disappointment in your illustrious showing Michele - was that I was unable to attend in person. The friendship we've shared over the past two and a half years became very precious to me. I definitely envy Clint and his wife who were able to offer support through personal attendance. I'm so happy to learn your show has been extended all the way into September - my sincerest congratulations and may everything you wish for be the least of what you get - as you certainly deserve triple doses of success.

BonBonish ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 30 July 2003

My congratualation for you for making 'Art Exhibition' of yours! I am proud of you that you are dare to be called "digital artist" and show the people that 'digital art' is 'art' as anything else ... that people call art. I can not be personally in your exhibition -- [I am too far away geographically from there] but please take these words as if I am there and shaking your hands and giving you a big hug!!!

cwshorty ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 30 July 2003

What a great story, congratulations on your exhibit, and hope this is the first of many.

ChrisDesign ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 30 July 2003

Congratulation!!! That must be a wonderful feeling...having your own exhibition! I really like your creations and wish you a great time! Best regards, Chris

ladynimue ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 30 July 2003

I am so proud of you :)

tammymc ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 30 July 2003

Very nice artwork. Thanks for taking time to share with us. Glad to see you highlighting your art. :)

Varian ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 31 July 2003

Congratulations Sweet, this is a wonderful step for you. Keep it going. :)

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 31 July 2003

Congratulations Michelle, how exciting for you!

-Klaus ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 August 2003

Not bad

-Klaus ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 August 2003

Sorry, I apologize: I said "Not bad", but I saw more of it, and now I can say: a big "Bravo" for some of your artworks. Thanks for your textures in free stuff. (No,I am not kidding...! LOL! Thanks a lot, because we really need to put some nice clothes on our Poser female. Please can you make it different than purple. I always see women in white or blue-green emerlalda-green-blue (for some gypsie hispanic "Esmeraldas"...because I am "Quasimodo, you see ?...LOL) Bravo to have thought of clothes textures for Poser, that was necessary. Thanks.