Deborah Weinstein 's comment on Ten Reasons for the Emerging Artist to Join a Local Art Group

Deborah Weinstein
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Moshe, I do enjoy your posts. This morning I am smiling to myself at your choice of the word "straggling," which certainly describes my situation - kind of dawdling, not sure whether I actually want to join the marketing stampede - or whether you really meant "struggling," which also works in the context of your post but means something different. And also describes my growth as an artist. It is a struggle, all right.

In Laguna Beach, California, where I have the good fortune of renting a studio in which to struggle at my own straggling pace, there is an organization called The Socal Artists Association (www.socalartists.org) which has made a huge difference in my life. Everything you say about joining the local association is true, and I would encourage any artists in the area to check it out. My favorite activity is the critique we have the third Wednesday evening of each month. I am always inspired to see what other people are doing, and the friendships keep me going when my self confidence straggles too far behind...

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