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And now for something a little different…

Artists in Art poster small

I invite you to join me at an event that will take place on July 22, 2017. Martha’s Vineyard painter Elizabeth R. Whelan has invited 24 Vineyard artists (of which I am honored to be included) and their galleries to participate in this unique public art event. She is painting a portrait of each artist, and will reveal them all on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard from 1-8pm. It’s a celebration in portrait of 24 of the top Island artists, with an accompanying show of their art.

“The 24 portraits will be unveiled one at a time, 4 an hour for 6 hours! Each artist will also have their own work for sale at the event. It will be a great art show and lots of fun. Join your favorite artists as they view their portrait for the first time, and check out the accompanying top-notch art show by these same artists — over 100 paintings on display and available for purchase!”

For more info and schedule of times, artists and direction check out Artists in Art

Elizabeth has put together such a fun and unusual art event I can’t wait to be a part of it! I will be sharing my new work for sale at the event and looking forward to seeing my very own  Elizabeth Whelan portrait. You can check out my listing page here. I hope you can join the fun for some portion of the day – my portrait is scheduled for reveal at 5 pm and I will most definitely be on hand to see it! Please join us if you can.

By the way, sales of the portraits will benefit two Island non-profits: the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Visual Arts, which provides grant funding to local artists annually, and the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School radio station 105.5-FM WYOB, with a curriculum designed to provide professional radio skills to students.

Dreams Under Construction 24" x 24" work on canvas @g2017 Deborah T. Colter

Dreams Under Construction   24″ x 24″ mixed media work on canvas   @2017 Deborah T. Colter

A Personality of its Own

“My studio has a personality of its own. It can be a monstrous clutter from one end to the other or, at times, the very model of simplicity.”
– Harley Brown

"Leaving the City" 48" x 40" work on canvas

"Leaving the City" 48" x 40" work on canvas

I have been thinking of doing it for a long time now and I have finally decided this is it, I am going to have an Open Studio! YIKES! Ok, it is not really that big of a deal – or is it? I am very protective of my studio space, I think most creative people are. It is really a sacred area that has a personality of its own. However, there is nothing glamorous about where I work. I would like to tell you that I have a wonderful open space with white walls and such, endless work space and light – not so. I work in a space that was once an enclosed sleeping porch of a guest-house. It is often a “monstrous clutter from one end to the other”. It is tight, it is cramped, it is filled with everything I am sure I need to hold onto for the rest of my life! The house is on my parents property. It has worked out just fine for a number of years. I make full use of the space. I create, ship, store and manage all that I need to from this sacred little space. Leonardo da Vinci said, “An artist’s studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it.” Well, then, I guess I am in the right place! I count myself as being very fortunate to have the space I have to work.

After the end of the summer and the fall show season, I often think about having an open studio kind of event.  Thinking about it is as far as it has ever gone – too much work, not enough space, why bother, you know all the excuses. Well, now I am actually going to do it. Yes I am. My space seems a bit tight these days and I have a lot of wonderful pieces that I would love to have find homes. There are new works as well as many hidden treasures. Works on paper, and works on canvas. I even have some posters and note cards that I did a few years back. The planning is underway and I’ve got work ahead of me – I am making my opportunity happen! I look forward to welcoming visitors! Really I do!

Colter Open Studio
New Works & Hidden Treasures
Friday, November 27, 2009  11am – 4pm
Saturday, November 28, 2009 11am – 4pm

Please come for a visit if you are on Martha’s Vineyard for the Thanksgiving Holiday!

“Look for and make your opportunities happen; they are not going to come rushing up to your doorstep. But sometimes they’ll be looking you right in the face.”
-Harley Brown

Painting is available.