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I’m a big believer in making your own opportunities. I’d been doing it forever in my entrepreneurial business when I heard Terri Lonier name it in her top ten tips for SOHO’s (Small Office Home Office business owners). “Make it up!” she asserted.
That’s exactly what Kathryn Doherty did recently, with a generous assist from Leslie Mueller. Leslie, the creator and host of Connecticut
CabIevision’s award-winning program ‘Art & Style,’ saw an opportunity for gallery space in a local upscale restaurant. She tapped Kathryn to fill the walls, which she did exhibiting over twenty-five prints and paintings at the Greenwich Tavern Gallery (formerly Palomino Restaurant at 1392 E. Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich) until August 31.
Of course, we had to have dinner there to celebrate the occasion. I got to see Kathryn’s work in a way I never had before–displayed as art. In the past I’d seen only slide presentations and trade show exhibits, but this was like being in a museum. The night we went, Kathryn brought several replacement pieces for the ones that had sold.
Six months ago, Kathryn didn’t know this opportunity existed, and here she was selling art in a down market and reinvigorating her design career. The collection of work is named “Transitions”, and focuses on contemporary images.
Doherty’s company, Kathryn Doherty Design, LLC has published her fine art with Modern Art Editions and designs for home furnishing manufacturers in the rug, textile, and tabletop industries. Kathryn’s multi-disciplinary background includes fine arts, graphics, illustration, ceramics and product design. Her work has been distributed internationally and shown in LDB Textiles, HFN, Furniture Today, Home Accents Today, Home Décor, Metropolis, and The New York Times.
My dear friend Kathryn invited me for a birthday lunch last week. We sat outside in her spectacular garden, ate a deliciously prepared macrobiotic feast, then went inside for her gift to me, a session of healing touch which she’s been studying.
In addition to being nourished and nurtured, Kathryn also inspired me with her description of an Omega Institute writing class she had signed up for. What hooked me was the enticement to the workshop provided by the instructor. “When people try to write stories they tend to drag the stories behind them,” says writer and cartoonist Lynda Barry. Rather, this inspirational teacher said, she wants writing to feel as though you are being pulled on water skis.
I was instantly struck by the power of that metaphor. Planning my Create Your Own Future preview party had exactly that feel. From the moment Laura Newman, my PR coach made the suggestion, I’ve felt as though I were being pulled by a speeding motorboat. It’s been an exhilarating ride as opportunity after opportunity flew into my life–Artifact, the spectacular venue; the women who are co-presenting with me, the interest of the press and the 70 women who have signed up to attend.
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