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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Wrapping up September, Preparing for October

Woo!  What a weekend.  That was a long three days.  Friday, the artists set up at Solar Gardens.  Saturday and Sunday we sold our work.  I've never done a two day show before.  I'm totally exhausted both socially and physically.  : )  But it's a good kind of ache.  It means I was busy on my feet with a steady flow of people.  I was in the glass house, very hot I must say!  I drank and drank and drank water.  The weather was beautiful and the company of the other artists was wonderful.

@ Solar Gardens in the Glass House

That was my cell phone photo of part of my display area.  This shows three panel walls, but I had a fourth with another table.  It was a very good show for me in many ways.  I sold several threadpaintings including all three of the autumn ones I showed you last post!  That's pretty exciting.  One went to Regina, one to Davidson, and one in Saskatoon.  The art out there was fantastic - pottery, paintings, glass, illustrations, mixed media, metal...  It seemed like a much bigger group than when I was at Agar's 2 years ago.

I enjoyed quality time with a few painters after the first show day.  Well - quality time watching the painters critique each other after the show.  It was really great to witness.  With fibre, there's so much about technique, cleaning up loose threads, texture, what does the back look like?, to use glass or not to use glass...  The evening listening to painters was refreshing.  The particular group of women I was with spent their time talking about value and composition, line and contrast.  It was wonderful and gave me lots to reflect on later.  They do a lot of abstract, and it gave my some ideas on how to loosen up my work when stitching with yarns.

red winged black birds - photo from last autumn
I'm always awed by the comments of the people who come to look at the art.  Some get VERY happy, some are stopped in their tracks, some can't contain themselves.  They always have such incredible reactions and I wish I had a guest book for them to sign this past weekend.  I joked that I need a 'his' and 'hers' guest book.  The women offer beautiful, meaningful expressions of gratitude and awe.  The men often swear!  lol  I'm serious.  I don't know how many men said things like, 'ho#y Sh%t!  That's thread!?'  I was taken aback several times.  Why is that!?  I just giggled.  Maybe I need a swear jar.  ; )

All in all, I am grateful for all of the reactions from all of the folks.  There was never a dull moment.  And so, thank you to organizer Judy Wood, event host Solar Gardens, and all the artists and guests that came out.  It was a very fun weekend!

As for available art, four more of my threadpaintings are now relocated for sale at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Boutique.  I delivered them the next morning.  I'm caught up my commissions and so now I work on filling my sewing room with art in anticipation of next month's Open Studio.  !!  Yes, it's that time again.  I'm excited about this and a bit surprised to think it's been a whole year since I had my first studio show/gathering.  Save the date!  

Saturday, October 17th from 1pm to 8 pm

Have a lovely week!  Happy Autumn Equinox : )


Jo Ferguson said...

Congrats on a successful show. I find that no matter what medium we use, we can always learn and be inspired by other artists. Nice to see that you're getting a lot of reactions to your work. It's beautiful and deserves the attention.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

It sounds like a very interesting and fun event with your work creating a wonderful mix of responses. Your words regarding male comments made me smile! It would likely be the same in our country too!

Lin said...

It's always good to learn from others - sounds like a really great weekend. I love those red winged birds - we don't get them here. xx

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