A recent series of nonobjective works are hanging at the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street, Nantucket. These paintings are not my usual sketchy and colorful landscapes, but they are full of joy and movement. It’s nice to share a new part of myself with the world. I’m anxious to use the works in new paper designs as I continue to create and reshape my creative career. If you are interested in any specific piece, please contact the gallery at 508 228 0294. Inquiries after August 15, 2016 should be directed to michelle.soverino @ gmail.com.
It’s amazing how one little creative act opens up endless possibilities to come—how creativity ignites a chain reaction of ideas and projects. These albums are fruits of that chain and were inspired by mail flip books created for some pen friends.
In January of 2015 I decided to open a new creative door and join the snail mail revolution on Instagram with my account @LettersFromNantucket. Inspired by the creative force of likeminded folk all over the world, I began making beautiful mail parcels. Documenting my creations in photo and using key hashtags (#snailmailrevolution #mailart #penpals) I created connections with the growing mail community, and found my first penpals.
The pressure of summer and the opening of the new Visual Arts Center (yahoo to raising, renovating, and opening Nantucket’s first in less than two years… hence my prominent absence from my personal web page), has left little time to create. So, I’ve turned back to my watercolors and to my inks and have been playing with messy skies and free forms. I’ve been romancing the pink and yellow palette, and channeling my OCD into large scale ink works.
Here is the quick update: New job as Director of Development here. Like any good endeavor, I’m in deep. But I’m swimming in the deep and loving it. I’ve go much in the works to share with you (how to leave your job and leave it well; package your asks; leverage your social media), but until those words move from napkins and the backside of #9 envelopes to digital form, I’m going to share and promote some good reads from fundraising professional for fundraising professionals.
“Philanthropy means, literally, love of humanity. You don’t have to give a million dollars to charity to be a philanthropist. You simply have to actively demonstrate your love of humanity. Your empathy. If the purpose of our creativity is philanthropy — if it is love for our fellow man, an appreciation that people struggle in their lives, and a desire to somehow lessen that struggle and increase their joy, with a little more leg room or with an iPad — it will change the world. And that is the greatest competitive advantage of all.”
Read the entire article here: HBR.
Change is Hard: Create Your A-Team – Guest Post from the Nantucket Historical Association’s Michelle Soverino
Before going live with Altru the Nantucket Historical Association input and stored all of its data in two places: one database that served all its development needs—with a few “fudged” processes to track group tours and facility rentals, and one POS system that tracked museum visitors along with Museum Shop sales and inventory.