In my last post you learned that the daughters and I were participating in a 3 day Artisans Tour. It’s over. I’m tired. My throat is sore and parched from talking so much. I am happy with the results.
Though I have done many shows over the years it never gets easier. There are always the preliminary fears of being rejected, worry about whether or not you’ve spent time creating the right kind of thing or wondering if anybody will come. I guess that is just part of the process. No question, when you do shows requiring face to face contact, you are at your most vulnerable and no matter what the response you have to keep on smiling and be ready for the next person who walks through the door.
These 3 days wonderful and interesting people came through the door, some from away as they say in Maine, others from around the area. They couldn’t have been more appreciative or more responsive in a positive way. Part of the enthusiasm was generated by the work, part by the artistic display that made everything seem so important. Again, I have to give credit to my friend Leslie who made the display area a work of art.
After such a successful show, the question becomes do we do it again next year? Will the same kind of work be as interesting the second time around, especially to the locals? Or are there enough people from away who are drawn to this tour that it doesn’t matter? Is a first time success just a stroke of good fortune or does the work itself create the success? Questions yet to be answered, but for this day I’m ready to shut it down and think about it tomorrow.
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