You cannot imagine how much I dislike the idea of packing and moving. Even packing for a minor short trip would put me in a tailspin. So when I was asked to participate in my home town museum's Appalachian Artisans Festival, I immediately froze. I have never had any desire to participate in a show. That would mean selecting some of my textile art, packing it up, coming up with a reasonable display, making business cards, an artist statement, etc, etc, etc. Yet, the wonderful staff at the
Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, TN,
has been so supportive of my art, displaying it in their lobby and
selling it in the gift shop for me,
how could I say no. So I said yes.
I came up with a display idea at the last minute, and schlepped my stuff over
to the museum bright and early Friday morning.
Dreading this past weekend, would be an understatement. But today, let me just say, not only is the dread over, I had a fantastic time. I met some wonderful artists as well as many people who came just to meet me in person. Me?! I really dislike self promotion and being a braggart, but what a confidence booster to find that so many people appreciate what I love to create. And one of the lovely people liked one of my larger pieces well enough to buy it.
The fact that it is not an inexpensive piece, more's the better. As this was the most expensive piece ever to be sold from the museum gift shop and their artisan festival,
or so I've been told.
I have learned a lot about myself this past weekend. For one thing, I discovered that you are never to old to try something new. And, now I have even more reason to spend time doing what I love to do because I must get ready for the Appalachian Artisans Festival in November, as well as preparing for my one woman show in October at the local university.