Studio Tour 2015
Our local annual fall studio tour took place in September and was, for me, a huge success this year. For those of you who don’t know, a studio tour typically takes place on a Saturday and Sunday and offers an opportunity for folks to drop by artists’ studios to see what they’ve been up to and to have a wee chat. Brochures with maps and a list of the participating artists are available in various locations ahead of time and it costs nothing to attend. These tours are interesting things…sometimes I don’t sell much and go to bed on Sunday night questioning, not for the first time, what the heck I think I’m doing trying to be an artist. Two years ago was a case in point. Sales during the weekend event were meager but the following two weeks saw the sale of five more paintings, all as a direct result of the tour. Whew! Crisis averted; no need to decide on a career change just yet. Other times, like this year, the weekend itself brings rich rewards. It was the best year ever in terms of number of visitors and sales alike. Bonus. As is always the case, there were conversations during the course of the weekend which remained with me long after the gallery signs were brought in and the lights turned off. We get into the whys and wherefores of the creative process which is always fun and sometimes even venture into more philosophical discussions which is even better. These chats can veer into uncharted territory that reaches deep into the inner world of the psyche as it relates to art making or skitters sideways to places that leave us laughing with our heads thrown back. I relish both equally and find this yearly tour to be a great catalyst to making a new body of art, deadlines being what they are, as well as an opportunity to examine myself more deeply, something which I thrive on, hard as it can sometimes be. Here’s a pic of the tour ready gallery. Yeah, some of those paintings have gone to new homes now.