So Saturday was the Falling Flowers event at the Wynne Home Arts Center here in Huntsville. I had my vases there with flowers that both myself and Tod have made. There was a great crowd and I didn't recognize anyone! My vases were on the dining tables and honestly, I didn't even notice them so I dont know if anyone else did. I'm cool with that. I wasn't the highlight of the evening, it was Lorrie, the volunteer at Wynne home who had her now deceased friends poems translated and published as well as Kristie's Chinese Dinner that took center stage. And musicians and poetry reading. I snuck in the next day and removed half of the vases to then gallop off yesterday to a master gardener event in Conroe. (post below).
That too was not really 'my thing'. I wasn't a master gardener and I know by now that my 'art' is not really something that is going to fit into most homes and thus far, in texas, that number is minimized even more. I get it and I'm happy to be invited to show my vases regardless of if they sell like hotcakes. What DID sell like hotcakes were these odd 'totems' made from glass. She goes to garage sales or wherever and buys old vases and plates and bowls and then glues/stacks them. Some are functional (cupcake holders?), some were lanterns and some were totems, which to me just looked like glass stacked upsidedown on top of each other with no use whatsoever. ugh. I'm sorry but I didn't get it. (bet she thought THE SAME THING about me ha ha ha) I will be nice and not say too much about it other than it was ironic that she was next to my table and I got to sit there and watch people buy buy buy something that was incomprehensible to me. I sold a few vases and people did seem to like my work, but lets face it, it was an older crowd of people who probably live with a decor that 'see through glass' looks better in than scary old pipes.
Tod and I went walking for a few hours during the master gardener meeting and flower arranging instruction by a guest speaker. (again...you had to be there to believe it). We walked on the nearby highways and got two big bags of scrap. Long day but hey, its nice to be out of the loft and take a break sometimes.
I have just a few weeks left before I do the last of this year's 'show's. Again, happy to be there but not having high expectations. All I can say is thank god my stuff sells online to people all over the country. If I had to depend on the local market to keep me afloat I would surely sink.
After debating whether to show some pictures from yesterday I realize they are hideous photos. As usual I brought my shit camera and it took....well, shit pictures. Suffice to say, Tod and I felt like it was thus far the best table presentation of my meager table showing history. I have to say, I prefer online first and galleries second. It is a lot of work lugging crate after crate of heavy pipe vases and worrying about my found object flowers getting crushed. It's hard to sit behind a table and have people walk by and make pithy little remarks (like I do when I walk by THEIR tables). It's just all a bit awkward and not my preferred way to sell art. I get it, some art sells better than others on a table. Having said that, I'm glad I was asked to be there, glad I did it and happy to be home to ready myself for the next thing.