It’s three days to my first art fair, the Salem Art Fair & Festival, this weekend on July 18-20. The art is printed, signed, matted and framed. The boxes are inventoried and packed. The checklist sits, ready to be checked off as I load the car. There are a few last things to finish up, but not many.
In three days, I will have done all I can. Then comes the test… My art, in front of the public, with a big “For Sale” sign on it. I’m excited, and I’m terrified.
This whole art fair business has been way more work than I anticipated. Putting together 12 framed pieces for a show is one thing. Filling a whole 10 ft x10 ft booth with your artwork is quite another. Isn’t that the way of most big projects, though? The vision at the end seems so clear, it’s the work to get there that isn’t fully envisioned. You start, with all of the enthusiasm of a novice, and realize what you took on somewhere along the way.
But it’s done. I’m ready.
And I very, very much hope to see you there.
The Salem Statesman-Journal newspaper did a very nice feature article on me as part of a series leading up to the fair. You can read it here. Check out the other articles in the series, too. They are all very interesting!