lugging panels, signs, and paintings. Choosing where they will hang( without adding more nail holes in our newly painted living room) is always a daunting task. I finished about eleven on Friday night, took my Advil, and was just drifting off to sleep, when I suddenly realized I was missing a few large paintings. There was no way I was going to get back out of bed, so I set the alarm for an extra hour earlier than planned. I found them tucked away in my storage closet. The trick then was to find somewhere to hang them, as I had everything already in place. The spare room is still waiting for new paint so a few more nail holes didn't cause a problem and it became a secondary "gallery"
An Encore weekend is coming up, where many if not most artists have chosen to stay open. It can be very tiring, but rewarding when a painting sells and you can tell the client just loves it. There are many new people to meet, and many beginning artists asking about instruction.
It always amazes me that there are so many artists in this county --280 +/- a few, that were juried into the open studio tour--not counting those that applied and did not get accepted. Not only are there artists everywhere, I find that the average ( non-artist) people have no clue just how many talented artists live and work in this area.
An event at our local mall--filling the empty store fronts for one night-- had many people asking if I was local, have I been here long. and do I sell my art anywhere else. When I explained about the Open Studios tour that takes place every October, many were dumbfounded and replied they sort of remember some green signs but didn't know what they were for. Personally I remain optimistic that somehow we artists will get more than a small blurb in our local paper throughout the year--possibly and weekly column with an artist each week.
So if you are reading my blog, and live anywhere near, grab some friends and come to Santa Cruz county this weekend and support some artists-----even if you don't buy--moral support is good too!
Ask questions, find out how we make our art, what it takes to be an artist--learn something and maybe take some some art for your house!
Who knows, maybe you'll decide you want to become an artist!