An autumn road trip in 2019 with a group of friends led us to one of the most fabulous art shows we have ever witnessed in person. We'd heard so much about it over the past several years, and were thrilled to at last see it in all its glory. It was truly the epitome of what magic is supposed to be.... mesmerizing and colorful, like walking into another world where Halloween reigned supreme. So many of our favorite artists - previously known only via magazines and internet - were present, along with their exquisite handcrafted wares. (Which led to the all-consuming question of, how many of these amazing pieces of art can I afford and not go broke, because EVERYTHING was tempting to purchase and add to my collection!).
Doing AUTUMN BRILLIANCE has been the best job ever - if you can consider it a "job," which I really don't. More like a dream occupation of the best kind! We get to attend shows like Bewitching Peddlers to meet and present these artists who have captured our hearts and imaginations.
I nearly fell out of my seat when I saw this on the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween website. I am soo grateful and humbled!
And I'm not going to lie - a longstanding dream was to be a part of this spectacular show, in any way I could. When I learned of the invite, I was, to put it quite simply, blown away... it genuinely took my breath away. Though this is only the third issue of the magazine (and plans are for it to continue forever), being chosen to present it at Bewitching Peddlers is indeed a dream come true.
My deepest thanks to the show's creator/curator, Jennie Hepler-Takens (a world-class Halloween artist in her own right! Please check out her fabulous art website, My Dearest Witch at http://www.mydearestwitch.com/ ) and to all the artists who have been featured in past issues of the magazine as well as all who have cheered us on and encouraged us to keep at it. You make it so worthwhile to reach for the moon and stars!
I'll be traveling up to Michigan again this fall with that same group of close, beloved friends who accompanied me back in 2019 the first time, but this time we'll be set ting up the AUTUMN BRILLIANCE booth among my artist heroes. And this year, we'll be printing our magazine! That means, both a fine digital and printed issue will be available. I can't begin to express how excited I am about this. Yet another dream come true!
Autumn can't get here soon enough...