Welcoming in a New Year

I'm sure you're like me….can't believe we've completed another year! So, like everyone else who maintains a blog, I feel compelled to comment on the year that's passed and look forward to the year to come. I'm not one who likes to look backward all that much…i'm always looking ahead…professionally and personally….but this past year was certainly monumental…nothing surpassed the Presidential Election. Of course, it remains to be seen what the effect of the election of Barack Obama will actually be, but i'm going to go along with the majority on this one and welcome a breath of fresh air for 2009.

I also am not one to make New Year's resolutions…however, i have pinpointed a few things that i'm looking forward to accomplishing in 2009.

1. I will be launching my daughter Heather's Art Collection at Art Expo, New York in March. She's been working very hard – has a new company called “Crook Couture” and not only an art collection, but a clothing line and furniture too. She has a real “look” to her work and i'm excited about her debut. We'll be sneak previewing some of it on this site soon. – oh…and i'll be showing my own work there too! 🙂 I hope to see many of you there. I”ll be showing a lot of new, large mixed-media uniques and of course, some great new limited editions.

2. I'm looking forward to perfecting and launching my new line of plexiglass sculptures. I've blogged about them before and the first of their kind have actually been completed and sold in Germany.

3. I'm very interested in the state of arts education in this country right now. I plan to launch a “Fazzino Arts Education Initiative” and quite frankly, i'm not sure exactly what that means yet. I'm hoping you will all help me begin this conversation and together, we can start to have an influence.

4. In July, I'll be headed to Pori, Finland as the official artist for the Pori Jazz Festival. That event will be the culmination of a lifelong dream for me – to have my artwork shown in my mother's native country of Finland.

5. I'm launching a new travelogue on FazzinoCollectors.com. I LOVE to travel. It's been my passion for a long long time. I'd like to share with you some of the things I learn on my roadtrips…i'm a rather seasoned traveller at this point…if i do say so myself 🙂 So send me your questions about the places i'm going….. Starting with Japan early in January!

6. I want to get back to doing some college campus artwork. I still get requests for the Florida Gators piece i did in the 1990's. i think it's time to go back there….maybe 2009 is the year. I'd also like to have my artwork exhibited on college campuses. There are some incredible museums and art facilites in our educational institutions and i'd love to start exposing some of the younger folks to my work.

7. Speaking of exposure…i'm looking forward to having my work shown in many new places in 2009 – Finland, of course, tops the list. But I'm also exploring the idea of doing a museum retrospective in Kansas City, and i'll be doing the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis. My work has been shown there on a limited scale, but it's not all that common there. To me, one of the most exciting moments is watching someone discover the work for the first time. I watch their eyes. That's how you can really tell what they think.

I'm sure you are all looking forward to what you can accomplish and where you can go and who you can meet in the New Year…but really, the most important thing…and the thing i wish for all of you is a VERY HEALTHY NEW YEAR FULL OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP!

–Charles

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5 responses to “Welcoming in a New Year”

  1. LeJuan George says:

    Hi Charles,

    Fantastic New Years message here to those that truly keep in touch with you. I am very happy to see you share with us some of your 2009 goals. It’s always great to get inside the head of the Master of 3D art! As I always say, “I have chosen the most dynamic artist in every way in this world.”

    After reading your message here, I am very eager to respond to what you are pinpointing. To be exact #3, #5 and #6.

    Being in the South, I have been deeply captivated by your artwork since my eyes viewed your creativity while on vacation in New York in 1999. For the simple fact, that your work makes you say, “Wow”, I am always reaching out to the African American community to introduce your work so they can experience the true meaning of allowing their eyes to see pure amazement right before them. To support your 2009 goals (#3 & #6), I think one advantageous way would be to further extend your masterpieces and educate the African American community by doing a series of HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) artwork with your fantastic and whimsical touch.

    To my knowledge, no other artist has done this type of work. WIth your brilliant color, designs, and superb craftsmanship, I am very confdent that your work will reach this audience. Then, you can come to my Alma Matta, Alabama A&M University and I can bet you I’ll be the first in line to make a purchase.

    This is just my thought on a way to introduce a Fazzino yet educate an untouched community at the same time.

    Genuinely,
    LeJuan/Huntsville, AL

  2. Mike Adubato says:

    Dear Charles,

    Thanks for your blog update! You mentioned going to Japan and Finland this year. What about where I live – Belgium? I’m American by the way, from Jersey, but living and working over here in Belgium.

    I’m a traveling fool too and especially enjoy those pieces you did – London, Hamburg, Paris.

    Come to Belgium and I can put you up for a few nights! (o:

    All the best to you and your family, especially your daughter with and Crook Couture, for 2009!

  3. Charles Fazzino says:

    Hi Mike!

    I’ve actually never been to Belgium…YET! My French distribution company does work with a few galleries there but they haven’t invited me over to do a show there yet….maybe i’ll get you to do a guest entry on my new travelogue when i get it up and running. Thanks for your good wishes. The same to you and your family.

    –charles

  4. Charles Fazzino says:

    Hi LeJuan,
    I love your ideas….thanks for the feedback!

    –Charles

  5. Tuule Mäkinen says:

    Dear Charles,
    It was so good to see you in New York and thank you for the lunch and for the time you shared with us.
    You have good plans for this year and i can not wait to see you here in Helsinki next summer. Your work is so different from others and here at my gallery people notice it right away.I sold one piece again last week.
    Welcome anyone to visit my gallery in Helsinki, Finland, Uudenmaankatu 19, 00120 Helsinki.

    We are so happy about your new, handsome presidentin U.S.A.! We have a woman president in Finland.
    Wish you all a colorful year 2009 !

    tuule mäkinen
    gallerist
    gallery dix

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