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Be brave and let people see your art

Be brave and let people see your art.

Proximity Cafe opens at the end of the month at 1450 East High Street,  in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The coffee shop is in the old Harleysville Bank Building, across the street from Auto Zone and the Dairy Queen.  There is a drive through that will open at 5:00 a.m., and the main doors will open at 6:00 a.m, for real coffee. The kind where they grind the beans, and make it hot and fresh.

There will be an internet bar, and a community room for the community. Free, you just have to buy coffee. There is a stage in the corner, for music on Friday and Saturday nights. Open until 11:00 p.m. On the walls will be art from local artists. The floors should be in by now. There will be leather chairs to sit in. It will be a nice place to meet friends or to sit quietly by yourself.

Proximity Cafe, Pottstown, PAProximity cafe, Pottstown, PA

For the opening they will feature one local artist. A local writer and painter who talks a lot about being brave. She  likes to say,”Be  brave and let people see your art.”

Be brave and let people see your art. [ Would you like to tweet that? tweet tweet]

The local writer and artist met the owners last month; Tim Boal, an author and Neal Benetrenz, a business man. They asked her, “Would you like to display your paintings in our coffee shop?”

She said, “Sure.”

Now she has to paint them. She has to be brave. “Maybe people won’t like them? Maybe people will like them?”

When someone asked her, “Hey, when are you going to have a show?”

She would say, “Soon, someday. Maybe next year.”

She has said, “Soon,” for over thirty years.

 Soon is not as good as now.
― Seth Godin, Poke the Box: When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?

Her friend Heidi,  prayed for her to be brave and to show her art to the world. Then her friend Heidi died  from Breast Cancer on September 30th, 2013. It was the last prayer Heidi prayed for her. They hugged and cried together. Heidi is hugging Jesus now in heaven.

Soon has become now. [ tweet tweet]

The canvas is ready for paint. And the local artist will show her art to the world. Big, bright, colorful cats and sardines.

An empty canvas waiting for paint.

Will you be brave and let people see your art?

Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.

p.s. Did you figure out who the local artist is?


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Diana

    I was just googling my favorite new coffeehouse and came across this post. I LOVE your paintings; so bright and happy decorating the walls. Thank you for the daily smiles as I wait for my coffee.

  • it’s YOU, who else paint wacky, quirky and wonderful stuff. And yes I’m going to write a novel in November and I’m going to finish and share it no matter what. Don’t know what I’ll write about yet..but it will come..even if I have to grab my muse by the hair and drag her home.

  • jesspetersonart

    wow, are you going to post photos from your art show at this place? I’d love to see some pics. that last photo shows a very large canvas, that’s awesome! Do you usually paint large like that? I want to work on painting big.
    You are very brave, by the way. 🙂

    • Hello Jess,
      I don’t feel brave. Someone told me being brave is not the absence of fear, but doing it in spite of it.
      I don’t always paint large canvasses, but for this show, I have one huge wall, where the large ones will fit nicely,
      I will post photographs of the show. Thank you for your encouragement!

  • La McCoy

    I am so proud of you!!!!!
    Please include your support team. Us. Any way you can.
    Love you. Blossom my friend.
    I feel Heidi’s warm loving smile beaming with peace & pride.

  • Good post, Pamela. I’m excited for you. Sardines?

  • Christa Sterken

    It sounds wonderful!!! I am so proud of “her” 😉 I wanted to try and surprise you and come…but if it this month I just can’t afford it. My heart will be with you

    • I will tell “her,” Christa. She is delighted you wanted to come. I will keep your heart with me at the opening. Thank you.

  • Robn Patrick

    That is so awesome!! Since I can’t be there to see it you need to post pictures!

    • Good Morning Robin,
      I will post pictures. It will be a fun night, good friends and coffee.

  • kathunsworth

    Your Friend Heidi believes in your gifts and you can think about her when you paint. I can’t wait to see your work up on the walls of the coffee shop and wish I could take a visit when you have your opening night. From the work I have seen you work with bold vivid colours, I love that. Unique only to you! GO FOR IT!

    • Hi Kath,
      I wish you could be here too. You are always welcome to visit.

  • Love it, Pamela! Your art will be beautiful there. I am proud of you. I know your friend Heidi would be too. You are very brave. 🙂

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  • Your friend’s prayers are coming true. Love how God isn’t bound by time. I would love to see photos of your art when you get it displayed.

    • Thank you Eva,
      I will post photographs from the opening. Thank you for asking to see them.

  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend. She would be so proud of you. The coffee shop sounds like the kind of place I could spend days.

    • Thank you Kathleen,
      Heidi was a kind soul. Maybe you could drive down and spend days in the coffee shop. Just make sure you are driving in the right direction, or you might end up in Nashville and not Gilbertsville.

    • Christa Sterken

      me too!