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Joyce Howell- When The Work Stopped

Creating a solo show takes immense emotional and physical effort. Having that show not open to the public is crushing. We are happy to share this report from Joyce that it will all be okay.

My work as a painter revolves around my studio.  I keep a steady work schedule producing new work and typically, the only time I don't work or think about work, is on holidays or when I buy a plane ticket and go - Until Covid 19.  Covid 19 became a reality for me a couple of weeks ago when, at the urging of my daughters, I left Austin for our family lake house on Lake LBJ to hunker down and do my part to stop the spread of the virus. On day 3 of my retreat, my daughter and son-in-law were told by their employers to work from home.  They took their young boys out of daycare as a precaution and joined us at the lake.  While they work, my husband and I have assumed the role of daycare!  

I was to have an opening at Wally Workman Gallery, opening April 4th, but because of Covid 19, the gallery followed the precautionary guidelines, canceled the reception, and for the time being is only open by appointment. My work will still be hung in the gallery as scheduled but for the time being it is scattered between the studio in Austin and the lake, where it is being framed, documented, titled, etc.... all of that is being done between naps, meals, snacks, bike rides, hikes, baths, meltdowns and lots of laughs - anything to entertain while their parents try to work downstairs.  What a difference a few weeks makes!  Priorities have shifted and artwork schedule is chaotic to nonexistent.  And oddly, everything is okay.  This too shall pass and when it does, I'm going to miss all the business and chatter of little boys growing up too fast.

posted on 3/26/2020