Hello again! Every week we issue a new installment of our Q&A chat with each of our featured Grotto Gallery artists for the "Escape the Madness" exhibit which runs through January 12th.
This is our 12th Installment in the series, and today, we talk to Lydia Quinones, from Phoenix, Arizona. And we've added a little Bonus Fun-Fact to this one - scroll down to find out!
You can also learn more about Lydia in an earlier installment here: Meet Lydia Quinones.
GG: The biggest art-repreneur challenge that you face currently?
Lydia: Funding, workspace, and credibility of art groups. I look forward to spinning wool or painting at events in Mesa, because I lack work space in my apartment. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to identify which art groups or shows are credible. I’ve received flattering invites for group showings, with extreme entry fees or invites to meetup groups which require dues to meet established artists.
GG: Tricks you use to carve out productive time in your studio/shop?
Lydia: I paint at the Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts twice a month because it gives me space to work and commits me to be stationary, with my canvas and paints, for six hours. If I try to paint at home, I know I’ll get distracted by other projects.
GG: A little fun-fact that many people may not know about you or your work or your creative process?
Lydia: Antique stores are great resources for inspiration and unique inventory. When I’m having a creative block, I visit the antique stores in Glendale or downtown Mesa.
And, because we just think this is really cool, we are going to share another fun-fact about Lydia. This is a little blurb that she shared with us about what was behind the crafting of her series of wool wall hangings titled "The History of Us":
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