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  • Writer's pictureMarcy LaBella

New Opportunities, Online Teaching and Beyond

They say that when one door closes another opens. 2020 has been a strange And difficult year for everyone. Covid 19, job losses, social distancing creating isolation, illnesses and deaths. All of my teaching assignments, classes and workshops all ended on March 13, disappointing as my entire year was booked solid. I decided to be positive and look ahead at new ways to be productive. I spent the early months of the pandemic sewing masks which I donated to hospitals, friends and family.

I then I was going to take the time to get back into my own work and spend time in my own studio digging deeply into painting. I had also been planning to teach online for a long while so took the time to get my tech in order and set up an online teaching area in my studio.

Since I’ve been home I adopted a second rescue horse and brought my other rescue mare back to my small farm. I love having my “girls“ just outside my studio doors so I can watch over them while I’m working.

I made lots of small works on paper over the summer and sold many of these through the Artists Support Pledge, a global initiative where artists put affordable works up for sale and agree to buy a work of art from another participating artist every time a price goal is met.

I recently had a random email forwarded from a colleague for a job I thought was just a dream for me to get. I sent an inquiry and low and behold I am now a content creator for the American Craft Council. My first job is being a guest curator on their Maker X Maker Blog. I am over the moon and pinching myself with this new opportunity and can’t wait to see where it leads me. .



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