As 2012 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to express how much we have appreciated your support, not only during the previous twelve months but throughout the past two decades. We know that 2012 was challenging for everyone; it seems that every year is in one way or another. But part of what keeps us going is the sense of community, the belief that we’re all on the same journey, sharing the same struggles and celebrating the same triumphs.
We have always tried to make Spectrum an umbrella under which all artists are welcome without prejudice, restrictions, or artificial barriers. Spectrum has never been about labels, agendas, pretension, ego, or profit. It has always been about the artists and the art they create. Paint, pixels, pencil, photo, clay, or collage: methodology has always been far less important than the intellect behind the work. Excellence is what matters, not the tool that was used to achieve it.
And it always will.
We haven’t done much hype or heavy promotion for Spectrum 19, the competition for #20, or for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2 during that last few months. Over the holidays we’ve preferred to chatter on Facebook and Twitter about fun stuff and shine a spotlight on the artists and their webstores. And we’ve had a great time doing it.
But with the new year our focus will shift. 2013 is our 20th Anniversary and we’ll start to beat the drum to remind everyone to participate in Spectrum 20 and to enlist your help in building the awareness for SFAL2. We have a lot of exciting things in the works and hope that you’ll all join us in trying to make 2013 a landmark year for the fantastic arts community.
In the meantime, we want to extend our sincere thanks to everyone that has participated in Spectrum and to everyone who exhibited, attended, or volunteered at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 1. And we particularly want to thank our coworkers on the show (1 and 2): Arlo Burnett, Jim Fallone, John Fleskes, Greg Ketter, Jackie Miles, Bunny Muchmore, Lazarus Potter, Bob Self, and Shena Wolf. There would not be an event without them!
Happy New Year, Everyone! Here’s hoping we see you all in 2013!