Nov 12, 2022

Since losing my FaceBook and Instagram social media accounts, I have had a lot of questions. Will the hacker hurt my reputation and/or business? How much time do I have to spend on “the fix?” Will I try to punish those who are responsible? How shall I move on? What platforms are in alignment with how I share my art? How do they treat their customers / investors? So far, I don’t have any answers.

What I have decided to do is wait.

At least until the first of the year, I will be “thinking on it.” During that time, I will be traveling to see cherished family, painting, and thinking on where social media and my art are in alignment. My blog will continue throughout this process, and I look forward to sharing with you each week.

As for the immediate future – as in this coming Thursday, I will be participating in a fabulous group show @ Stormwater Studios in conjunction with our annual local holiday kick off “Vista Lights” sponsored by the Congaree Vista Guild.

Join Stormwater Studios as we kick off the holiday season during the annual Vista Lights celebration. Under the Lights will run November 16th-27th. The opening reception and Open Studios will be Thursday, November 17th, from 5-10pm, and a new Holiday Tree Lighting tradition.

The Next Door Drummers will perform under the tree from 6-7pm and the Heart of Columbia Sweet Adelines will perform from 7:15-7:45pm.

This event is free and open to the public and families are welcome. Stormwater Studios are located at 413 Pendleton Street, Columbia SC.

Just for you – a preview of the tree lighting. Isn’t she beautiful!?

Thank you for checking in this week. It is a pleasure and a privilege I do not take for granted.


Even the most seemingly unpleasant situations – if you become aligned with it, something good will emerge.” Eckhart Tolle


  1. Jeannie Irvin on November 13, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Michel, the tree is FABULOUS!!!💗. Who needs Rockefeller Plaza????LOVE IT!🎄🎄

    • Michel McNinch on November 13, 2022 at 9:34 am

      OH! Can’t wait to light it up on Thursday night. You and Wilmot should come by. It’s going to be fun! Performances start at 6 a tree lighting at 7. : )

  2. Robert McNinch on November 13, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Beautiful Tree !

  3. Alice Cottingham on November 13, 2022 at 10:35 am

    I’m so sorry that you were hacked. I have a feeling that it’ll be a while before social media is sorted out from current chaos, so I like your idea of taking some time to consider next steps.

    • Michel McNinch on November 14, 2022 at 8:31 am

      Thanks, Alice. The world changes so fast! I’m looking forward to slowing down a little.

  4. Virginia on November 13, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    The tree is gorgeous!!! Brings big smiles…

    I applaud you for taking the time to let the social media situation rest. And so glad that we will be continuing to hear from you in the meantime.

    Be at peace…. enjoy the holidays. And let joy wash over you.

    • Michel McNinch on November 14, 2022 at 8:34 am

      Thank you, Virginia. I appreciate your insight.

  5. Renee Wedding on November 13, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    The tree is gorgeous…Thanks for sharing.!

    • Michel McNinch on November 14, 2022 at 8:33 am

      Nov 17 is this Thursday! Come and see.

  6. Dianne Meadow on November 13, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    The tree looks beautiful! Hope to see it in person!

    • Michel McNinch on November 14, 2022 at 8:33 am

      It really is beautiful!

  7. Donna Rawls on November 13, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Definitely worth the time and effort….just grand!

    • Michel McNinch on November 14, 2022 at 8:33 am

      Thank you, Donna. That encourages me! : )

  8. Robin Rollins on November 14, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Trees represent LIFE! Michel has given me a light to shine on my artist talent! She has a wonderful soul and look forward to 2023

    • Michel McNinch on November 14, 2022 at 5:28 pm

      So glad to meet you! Come by on Thursday around 6pm for a treat! Drummers, singers and a tree lighting!

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