ALMOST Show Time

The Summer show season is about to begin for me and I am doing much in the way of preparation for it. Trying to keep stress at a productive level and not panic and freak is priority number 1.  I am excited to be introducing new works using new materials that I purchased at the Tucson Gem show in early February.  As of June, I have three shows scheduled: Southport Arts Festival, Glenwood Ave Arts Festival in Rogers Park, and Edgewater Arts Festival (pending.) 

With the shows I am doing or applied to, some decisions were mine, otherwise ALL were the jurors.  I was first on the wait list for Arts Fest Michigan Avenue and chose not to do it when it the opening became available. I did not get into the Lakeview East Arts Festival in September. It was my first time applying and I will try again next year. I tend to do or apply to only city shows....for now.

I made the decision this year to apply to less outdoor shows. Quantity of shows done does not always or necessarily translate into quality.  I am finding and learning to navigate my artistic place in shows. I don't fit everywhere.  With that said, I felt it better to review and reassess EVERYTHING that I have learned and experienced from the five years under the white tent.  Taking the time to focus on areas that need improvement, discern where best to invest my time and resources serves me best this year. I will visit more shows to consider for next year.

 

 " Even Buddha Gets The Blues with Om Mani Padme Hum   9" x 12" cradled wood panel  © Marilyn Grad 2018

"Even Buddha Gets The Blues with Om Mani Padme Hum  9" x 12" cradled wood panel  © Marilyn Grad 2018

For example, one of the areas that needed improvement, and lessen the stress load, was my booth set up and display. So this year I purchased six new wire panels that give me more flexibility to display my art, and go well with what I already have.  I noticed some other artists using them at higher end shows and I liked them. I can always order more.  A better booth will also help me when I apply to more shows next year.

NEW! I am now offering smaller paintings that using Deities and crystals/gemstones at lower price points.

 Acrylic, mixed media, crystals, gemstones, 4"x 6" cradled wood panels © Marilyn Grad 2018

Acrylic, mixed media, crystals, gemstones, 4"x 6" cradled wood panels © Marilyn Grad 2018

 

My ALMOST SHOW TIME is ALMOST HERE:
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

SOUTHPORT ART FESTIVAL
Saturday July 14 10am-7pm
Sunday July 15 10am-7pm
3704 N. Southport from Waveland to Grace
Booth 159 near the Mercury Theatre
Updates can be found on my website and Facebook as show nears

Please come by and visit!!

Cheers,,

Marilyn

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