Another thing I did a couple weeks ago was join the FCA (Federation of Canadian Artists). There are different levels of membership in this organization and the first level is the "Supporting Member", which I now am. The next level is an "Active Member". This level requires that you be juried in. This means that a "Signature or Associate Member" takes a look at your body of work and makes a decision as to whether or not you are ready for this next level. This is a bit scary for me. My desire is to become an Active Member as this opens the door to more shows and events, which is something I would like to do. I think I will set this as a goal for myself..... that a year from now, I will be an active member.
My first FCA meeting (Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter) is May 29th. I'm looking forward to meeting some fellow artists and getting some solid advice about taking the next step. I'm also slightly terrified because we are to bring some of our work to be critiqued. Apparently this is what happens at these meetings plus a demo. Getting critiqued can be tough.... and I'm not very tough. I hope that there is a large amount of kindness in this group and that the critique is honest.... but kind and supportive. I have my fingers crossed, and I am trying to thicken my skin. :)