What a weekend!! Gosh, my head is still spinning. I sold over half of my show and gained three new commissions. I met and re-met so many wonderful people! I was about to write in my journal about all the happenings, but I chose instead to do that here so you can be there too. ; )
I love watching people notice my work as they walk by. I'm always surprised at how they stop, backtrack, and go right up to the art. I notice how many elderly gentlemen are intrigued by my sewing! I don't know why that always surprises me. But it does. While the women come in groups and talk together and point, the men come alone and stand still and stare for the longest time. I wonder what they are thinking??
A group of 4 women are at the display, pointing, chatting. This particular group are also giggling and whispering. I think that's odd. I go up to them and say, "Hello. These are my works. Let me know if you have any questions." They look at me, still giggling and one woman blurts out, "your prices are waaay to low". : )
A woman is literally bouncing up and down. She likes my work. She tells me they are farmers and she really wants a piece of my art. Her husband (standing completely still) says, "Well then buy one. I don't care. They are all nice. Just pick one." She kept giggling and couldn't decide, so she took my business card and was still giggling as she left the area.
I arrive on the third day to volunteer for the first time in Hall A where the art is. When I arrive, I introduce myself, and another volunteer says, "Oh it's YOU. Did she find you?" I have no clue what's going on. Did who find me? "The lady from the newspaper was just here, and she wants to talk to YOU."
A man stands at my display and is looking silently at my work for a long time. He nods to himself now and then. I walk up and say my thing, "Hello. These are mine. I'm happy to answer any questions." He has a question. He asks, "What school?" ...Pardon me? I don't understand. He clarifies, "Where do did you go to school to learn all this?" : ) I joke that I went to university for 8 years but came out a child educator and therapist. He chuckled, shook his head, and took a business card. He said, "I run a group that exhibits. It's by invitation only. I'll be emailing you."
So my work went out to cities and towns around the province. That feels amazing. I have commissions now in three provinces. How did this all happen? Amazing.
The BEST part of my weekend was connecting. I connected with other artists, sewists, land-lovers, new friends, and old friends. One of my friends from back in the Social Work days was there selling her art too. Her name is Gloria. It's been over fifteen years! What a blast from the past. It was just great to hang out with her all weekend. As it turns out, she spends a lot of time with her family NEXT DOOR to me, and has for the past 4 years. I had no idea. WOW. What a small world. We are both shaking our heads and laughing over that one. She does HUGE abstract paintings. Gorgeous. Go check them out if you like!
What a funny world! : )
* * * PUBLISHED * * * Artist feature in Stitchillo, a brand new book in a series called 'Encyclopedia of Inspiration' from UPPERCASE (click to link)
* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
* * * MANITOBA * * *
Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park
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