Liz Alpert Fay at work

It all started nearly two decades ago when I was selected to be a judge at the Westchester Craft Fair. This was nearing the end of my arts career, so we’re talking early 2000’s. As I walked the show, and this was one of the truly inspiring exhibits, I fell in love with the designs and style of one particular woman, Liz Alpert Fay. I stood at a distance from her booth filled with her hand-hooked rugs and simply stared. I was completely captivated by her work and gave her my vote for best in show, which she won.

A piece by Liz Alpert Fay

After the awards were presented, I approached Liz shyly –she had no idea who I was–and told her I’d cast my vote for her and would she be interested in a group I ran called the Artsy Girls–a collective of women nationally recognized for their creative talents. She was.

Over the years, her practice grew and my focus changed from being a craft artist to coaching creative professionals. The first intensive coaching group I offered was to women like Liz, most of them members of Artsy Girls.

I don’t remember what Liz’s goal was that first year of Jane Pollak’s Arts Forum, affectionately called JPAF, but she more than succeeded and continued exploring her art, building her portfolio, exhibiting and selling her work. During our time together, she conceived of a large body work she would entitle Ordinary/Extraordinary Women. She asked if I would be willing to be one of her dozen subjects. I jumped at the chance. She tooks photos of me at work–standing in front of a mindmap I was explaining to the group–and that was pretty much it…until this month.

Liz published a teaser in her fabulous monthly newsletter that showed segments of her work. It was the first glimpse I got of how she portrayed me via hooked wool loops. I have to say, she got me. The rush I got seeing myself through Liz’s canvas was incomparable. I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I posted it to my facebook page, but wanted you to know more about it. Here is the photo she took all those years ago and the elements she’s willing to share before the exhibit goes live. Not sure when that will be, but I am beyond thrilled to be one of her subjects.

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