Thursday, July 15, 2010

Prizes Will Be Awarded

Secret Chord at the Art Center of the Ozarks • ©2010 Jennifer Libby Fay

It has been difficult getting my head to fit through the studio door this week. Fortunately the swelling has gone down some since Saturday. That was when Secret Chord, the piece I entered in the 16th Annual Artists of Northwest Arkansas Regional Art Exhibition, won two prizes! First was the postcard award which meant that the image of Secret Chord was used for all the publicity for the show. It was on the postcards that were mailed out to announce the show, the poster, the program, and in the Arts Center of the Ozarks newsletter. Definitely cause for swelling of the head, but that wasn't all. I was awarded the Gwen and Harold Long Memorial Award which came with a lovely certificate and a white envelope with prize money inside. Can you believe it?! I am so pleased, happy, over the moon, floating and, considering the last thing I won was a bowling trophy, I think this is pretty spectacular.

I wanted to write this post earlier in the week but whenever I get excited like this I have a hard time ordering my thoughts and forming complete sentences. It's as if the party happening in my head is distracting to the logical, thinking parts and they can't concentrate. Or maybe they are at the party and have their cell phones turned off, I don't know. What I do know is that I am grateful to so many people for making this all possible. I am grateful to the Fayetteville Underground Artist Committee for liking my art and giving me a studio to work in; to my husband for supporting my dreams; to everyone who encouraged me when I was doing the work—no matter how much I argued, whined and complained; to all the people who come to the Underground and tell me they like my work; to those who leave lovely comments here at this blog and on Facebook (I tell you what, it is such a thrill to get comments—who knew such a seemingly small thing could be so fun?) and especially to the people who purchase my work, your conviction makes this all possible.

It was my wild dream that Secret Chord and her sister pieces, Evensong, Take Me There and Standing in Awe would all be purchased by one collector. I remember thinking it was crazy to even think about it, how could that happen? And then it did. Three of the pieces are already in their new home in Houston, Texas and Secret Chord will follow just as soon as she is done showing off.

There is much in this world to be sad about, but for a few moments today, won't you join my party? Do something special for your self. Make some art. Buy some art. If you do, I'd love to hear about it, just leave a comment below. And thank you all for reading this blog!


  1. Jennifer! Congratulations! I'm joining your party - down here in Oz. We can make it an international party, right? And, I'm not the least bit surprised that Secret Chord has been awarded honours thus...she is a very special piece. I only wish I could have seen her in person before she heads to Houston. And how cool is it to have four of your works off to live with one collector? Awesome. You let that party in your head rattle on for weeks - enjoy!!

  2. Thank you Tracey! Woohoo! An INTERNATIONAL party, let's turn the music up and dance.

  3. Jennifer, you know what music I like. I'm already dancing!

  4. Oh my goodness. I've never heard of one artist getting so many accolades for her work. Congratulations on all your success and I would agree that having 3 of your pieces going to one buyer is a real thrill. Let your head stay big for awhile. You deserve it.

  5. If you can read this font...imagine that it is 84 point as I say ...

    WOOOOHOOO Jennifer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am so happy for your well deserved accolades and the thrill of having the pieces that you dreamed of staying together all being purchased and given their forever homes in the same excellent.

    you know how it goes...
    whatever the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve ...
    WOOOHHHOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a party in your honor!!!!!