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Last Saturday, I had a small Art Show at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They called it Absolutely Art. I was of mixed feelings about it — small show of select artists which sounds good but you never know. I questioned the ladies running the show – was it art or craft or a mix? And probably drove them nuts with my continued questions. No, they assured me. Only art folks. And yes, they were advertising — newspapers, neighborhoods, Craigslist, etc.
Ok, I’m game. Nice neighborhood – older, well established area. Thank heavens for GPS – or Miss Mouth as she’s called in our family. Have you named your GPS? Like folks used to name their cars, don’t you think? Anyhow…
Set up was of Friday if you wished. I wished and so my hubby came along to help me carry and get set up. Nice fellowship hall, a touch smaller than our church but room for 10-12 booths. And when I walked in, I felt so much better. There was Sherry Ackerman of 14 South Artists — a fellow artist who does wonderful watercolors. Come to find out, she does watercolor classes with one of the ladies organizing the show. It’s amazing to me to see what a wide variety of watercolors Sherry produces. Bold, bright colors with fairies living among zinnias and daisies dancing their way down garden paths! Quiet, soft almost sepia tones of water lilies. Hard to believe it is the same medium.
Saturday morning folks came to look and pause and give their opinion of our artwork. One lady informed me, looking at my sterling chainmaille bracelets, that she wasn’t here to buy jewelry – she came to buy ART. I saw her leave in a while empty handed. So much for her thoughts about art…
I was pleased to see Rachel Brooke with her delicate, wired jewelry showing also. At the Madison Farmer’s Market I had seen her work a couple of years ago. Wonderful and delicate work!
Michelle Martin of Purple Moon Fibers had a great display of her felted wool works. Animals, gnomes and beautiful bowls graced her tables. If you missed her work there you can find her on Esty.
Something I had never seen before at a show were paintings of Mary and baby Jesus, the Last Supper, the Disciples and various saints. Very Iconic looking – especially to a small town Methodist girl.
Beautiful scarves were featured by one artist – lovely use of ribbons and various fibers. Diane was an art teacher for years and I bet her classes were great!
The necklace pictured above was a special order that was delivered at the show. And the customer loved it! So did the other ladies around her. It’s Argentium silver — much slower to tarnish that sterling. I started with a coil of wire, made the rings and cut them, then wove the necklace using my pliers. It feels wonderful on your neck!
Over all, it was a nice experience and in the words of Arnold — I’ll be back next year!