Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Are You an Artist?

I just attended an exhilarating conference in Detroit hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, titled: Rust Belt to Artist Belt III. This conference originated in Cleveland and we were fortunate to have it here in the Motor City this year.

I am not writing to tell you about the conference but about the attendees. There were approximately 300 people in attendance representative of all mediums such as: graphic designers, landscape designers, architects, photographers, fashion designers, sculptors,

painters and at least one jewelry designer…me!

I had the opportunity to mingle at the parties and during the breaks and I came up with an ice-breaking question, “Are you an Artist?” It was a simple enough of an inquiry, so I thought, but it provoked an emotional response that I did not anticipate.

“Me? An artist?” most replied with a look of confusion and self-doubt. One woman, in particular who held a Masters Degree of Fine Art, could not answer yes to this question.

Wow! This made me realize that most artists lack confidence.

But why?

If I ask my seven-year old niece if she is an artist she would say yes. I think the difference is, in her mind, she believes she is an artist. I am not sure if adult artists have lost that confidence along the way or if external forces like juries and judges have intimidated their beliefs. Or, are they comparing themselves to the esteemed and extolled?

I do not have the answer to why but I do know that if you want to succeed as a creative individual or own a creative business you must be shameless in announcing to the world that, you, are an artist!

My kindergarten teacher told my mother that I was going to be an artist when I grew up.

So I kept drawing. Then I painted. Then I was an advertising artist. Then I became a video producer. Now I am a jewelry designer that primarily beads with a little wire wrapping thrown in for fun.

Maybe it just takes one person to believe in you even if that one person is yourself.

In my heart and soul…I have always been an artist. Are YOU an artist?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Helen Galanty-Berlinski ... always in style!

It's been almost 2 months since my last blog post; it was actually three days before my mother passed away.

In that last post I wrote about stopping to smell the roses, living in the moment and enjoying summer. I didn't know at the time of that writing that I had just seen my mother alive for the very last time.
Life is unpredictable, isn't it?

The title of this blog refers to my mother who always had a great sense of style. I have a stack of photo albums with numerous photos of her that chronicle her fashion from a very young age to the most recent pictures of her at age 82. Mom, you were always in style.

Style isn't what the fashion shows and magazines dictate what we wear. It's about finding our own style. A look that we are comfortable with and conveys the confidence we have in ourselves. We feel good in our skin. We are true to ourselves and our clothes and accessories convey that truth.

Maybe you have found your truth or maybe you are still trying to discover it. Celebrate yourself! There is only one YOU. Be in style....your style.

Missing you, Mom....and smelling a rose for you. xoxo

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summertime...and the living is easy.

Is it easy? As we strive to plant and weed our gardens, trim the bushes, mow the lawns, clean the deck and patio furniture,
sweep the driveways, walkways and porches...and yes, still keep up with everything indoors...are we living easy?

I am telling myself that it is not just a time to do more work. It is a season to do more sipping ice tea, reading a book on the deck,
walking in the park, riding a bike, playing frisbee with the corgis, running through the sprinkler with the children, roasting marshmallow in the fire pit and relaxing.

Summer is a time to slow down and just "be". If we live a frantic lifestyle we lose ourselves. Easy living isn't about lazy living, it's
about smelling those roses and living in the moment.

PHOTO: In the fashion of living easy, the necklace is a simple rubber cord with a Petoskey Stone, Sterling Heart Charm and Sterling Initial. I wear this type of necklace almost everyday. A good choice for the beach, the park....and even when I'm in the garden pulling those weeds.

Don't forget to stop and enjoy your life right now.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I LOVE Michigan

It is Spring in Michigan as I write this today on May 26th. The weather has been just my style...a warm 80-something degrees. Glorious.

The woods and wetlands that surround my residence and studio are vibrating with energy and life. Like strings of a guitar, the sounds of nature resonate a harmonious melody.

As the trillium fade into a soft pink, I dream of summer. I do not wish away spring, but summer, like a seductress, offers up vacations, campfires, beaches and leisure time with family and friends.

I love it here and I also love it "there". There is where my spirit travels even when my body must be here. There is in northern Michigan. There is Leelanau...and I will be there soon.

I have lived in Michigan my entire 50-something years and I never tire of exploring it's shores, woodlands, wetlands and towns.

I have just introduced my "I LOVE Michigan" collection. It is a collection of Michigan inspired pieces. Petoskey Stones,lake and forest colored gemstones, dune colored shells and wave inspired designs. I will be adding more items as they are created. Visit my website to have a look.

Happy Spring and Summer, everybody!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What Is Your Spring Style Philosophy?

Spring Style Philosophy

Spring is the quintessential romantic season.
The earth is dancing with energy, birthing new
life and passion is in every molecule.

I discard the heavy, the dark, the dreary.
I embrace the sheer, the light, the frilly and the floral.
Nature is my template for fashion.

I am an Indie Jewelry Designer and a native Michigan
resident. I draw inspiration from our beautiful seasons and
surroundings then incorporate that into my designs.

In the photograph, I am wearing a Tibetan Amber &
Jade Necklace and Tibetan & Sterling Earrings from
my 2010 Spring Collection.

What do you feel most represents your Spring Style?

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I have had lengthy discussions with friends as to the meaning of success.

One of those conversations took place in a little Mexican restaurant about 25 years ago and a margarita or two may have been involved. We debated the definition of success as he insisted it all came down to one thing: wealth. Not necessarily the vast fortune of a millionaire, but substantial income for whatever work one was employed in.

I insisted that happiness was the gold standard indicator of true success. As long as someone was happy with their lot in life it could be said that they were indeed successful. Is the school custodian who loves his low stress position, sweeping floors and making the school children laugh at his hilarious jokes, any less successful than the CEO of XYZ Corporation that receives a 10 digit paycheck but lives a joyless existence?

I have come to the conclusion that success indeed has a definition as unique to each individual. I still hold near the belief that it has everything to do with being happy and content with who you are and finding satisfaction in what you do.

I have been a cashier, a waitress, an advertising manager, a video producer, a real estate agent and at long last, a jewelry designer.

I have earned high wages, I have worked long hours, I have received awards and accolades, I have been insulted by drunks ordering tacos at 2:30 in the morning. I have achieved and I have failed many times over.

I have always dreamed of exhibiting at a local art show called "Westacres Artist Market". After attending the art fair for 30 years, my dream has come true. It may be a small dream, but it's my dream and I am thrilled because..."in my heart and soul I have always been an artist".

What is your definition of success?

Photograph note: a close-up of one of my I LOVE Michigan bracelets.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

"Young it up"

My mother-in-law, Cate, just turned 80 years old. My mother is [I'm not allowed to reveal her actual age] up there. My Aunt Ruth is going to be 90 in July. A dear friend of the family, Juanita, is 80 years old. My grandmother lived to be 97 years old.

What do all these women have in common? They act young, look young and think young. They are all beautiful and radiate a
youthfulness well below their years.

Aunt Ruth and Cate both had their ears pierced about 7 years ago. Now that's what I call "younging it up".

Juanita makes wears the most stunning jewelry designs that compliment her tasteful wardrobe. My grandmother, Busia, wore
festive jewelry, rouge and bright colors up until the very end of her life. My mom looks stunning when she gussies up.

Don't let age dictate who you the age you want to be. Young it up ladies and wear something fun. Wear new clothing in shades of sassy, put on an outrageous hat, pin a big flower in your hair and...add some fabulous jewelry.

Life is short...have some fun.