August can be a challenging month for me, work-wise. It's still summer, so I have this internal feeling, molded by 12 years of attending public school, that I should be soaking up the last of summer by being as lazy as possible. Fortunately, this is not difficult for me. But then there is an opposing force, the inevitable onset of September, that makes me feel like I should stop goofing around and get serious about something. I find myself getting confused in the morning: should I go to the studio like a good potter or should I post up on my chaise lounge in the garden and watch the persimmons ripen?
August is a good time to start thinking about how the rest of the year is going to go and take the time to do some planning while we do have some leisure hours. This can easily be done on the chaise lounge. The thing I want ACGA members to think about is what kind of plans they have for Open Studios this holiday season. The ACGA is going to be promoting an Open Studio tour of all of its members to our email list this year, complete with an online map and links to your websites. So give some thought to your dates, think about hosting another ACGA member if you have room, and be ready to submit your information. Next month's newsletter will have more information and directions on how to submit and deadlines, so be ready!