Not much art happening in my life the past few weeks. After Art on Nepessing Street, my mom died, I had surgery, and we're finally moving forward with the sale of our house. Which meant the search for a new one intensified, we found one and made an offer. It won't give me the *super-fabulous* studio I always wanted but it will do. Now awaiting closing dates on July 22 (sale) and August 10 (purchase). All I have time for now is sorting, purging and packing TWO households, ours and mom's, while wrapping up all the legal details related to her finances, including 2 pensions from Europe.
No time for art makes me sad. But making progress toward the next stage of our lives makes me happy. So it's all ok.
One more quick note about my mom: The Winter Dirndl portrait I painted of her had been hanging in her apartment. She recently commented to a neighbor that when she dies, she wants that painting on display at her funeral. So of course we displayed it. (Along with about a million photos ... I was up til 3 am the night before the visitation finalizing the photo boards ... but I digress.) She was a beautiful lady inside and out, and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
The 3rd annual downtown Lapeer art fair known as Art on Nepessing St. has come to a close. By my estimation and feedback received from several people, it was a success. We had more artist booths than last year, and more food vendors. Attendance was up. A full entertainment lineup for both days helped draw people in. Many artists reported reasonable sales, and were impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of event organizers and other artists. The kids art activities were a hit as usual, but with the added fun of being allowed to paint on a car.
We did it. We achieved our main goal of growing the event.
Which means we can count on bringing the event back again next year, with a renewed commitment and energy to work our butts off to grow some more. In the coming weeks the event committee will be getting together to review all the details: what worked, what didn't, what could be improved, where our focus should be in going forward.
I am exhausted but happy. Not only did the overall event go well, but I did well personally. I sold 4 items and had a LOT of interest in both versions of a class I'm hoping to offer soon at Gallery 194: a Mandala-focused Imagination Uncorked class, and a 3-week Meditative Drawing class that will include detailed mandala drawing along with other things. So those will be happening.
An unexpected source of delight for me: kids seemed to be drawn to my art. I had several groups of kids come in - some on their own while parents browsed nearby, some pulled their parents in - and I had several conversations with kids who were old enough to be articulate and express what they liked in my work as well as share with me what kind of art they like to do. That was seriously the coolest part of the weekend for me.