The first afternoon was -- as usual -- full of browsers. The Red Hatters visited in full regalia; there were numerous very senior citizens (I'm guessing in their late seventies and upwards) -- and an abundance of young parents with kids in strollers.
Once again I'm the only textile artist in the place. This year I'm situated between a potter (same gal as last year) and a painter -- a new fellow who paints carefully executed figures and detailed still life in oils. My daughter, Gina, couldn't be with me this year as she was away all week on business and won't arrive home till late this evening (I believe)...but I had permission to intersperse some of her pieces in with mine as we did last year. I was challenged to place pieces in a complementary way based on size, colour and theme; I think it makes for a very effective presentation, but it's definitely a challenge! :-)
|SOLD! A Silvery Moon, an Orange|
Sky and Dhow (C) 2014
Photo credit: Bob Laws
I had several post-cards about the current Western Threads collaborative exhibit to give away, and by the end of the afternoon they were all gone. Luckily, I also have my own post-cards on which visitors can make note of that show. Several did so; I'm hoping they'll get up to the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton to see it before it closes in early August.
The rest of the afternoon was quiet as to sales. I sat and stitched on a "statement" piece I'd let lie dormant for the last couple of months. It's part of a triptych with the working title, "Deteriorating Civility". ( I managed to get the stitching finished in the early evening and laid it out on the display table with a note, "Work In Progress". I'll be working on the second section today.)
A steady stream of viewers came by with an assortment of feedback:
- "Interesting; very interesting" (from a snowy-haired senior);
- "I remember when my grandmother used to do this, and we tied them" (another snowy-haired senior, referring to helping her grandmother make tied bed quilts):
- "So...you're retired now and this is what you do?"
- "So-o-o-o-o beautiful; so-o-o-o beautiful."
- "This is why I wish I had more walls [in my home]!"
The testosterone level in the hall mounted, as the exhibit drew more men than I've ever seen at an art show. The women accompanying many of them were equally interesting to observe. Tattoos abounded on both genders, as did tee-shirts and jackets emblazoned with elaborate scrolled text proclaiming their favourite 'cycle brand. Many of the women stood tall on spiked heels that had to be at least 6"; one wore vintage-look nylon stockings, complete with seams up the back, between her heels and short, narrow skirt. Truly a colourful crowd.
This portion of the evening audience weren't quite sure what to think about much of the art on exhibit; many gave only a passing glance to my textiles. Others looked genuinely confused -- a bit like deer in the headlights.
|SOLD! Boot Dance (C) 2014|
At the same time, there were in the crowd many who attended simply because it was guaranteed to be a different, fun event, and they wanted to support the Lacombe Foundation for the Arts, the beneficiary of the fund-raiser.
The young woman who was selling beer and wine tickets turned out to be none other than the person who'd bought my piece at the September 10 x 10 fund-raiser.
After her shift she came by the booth with 3 friends, and bought two of the minis, effusing about all of the work and wishing she could afford more. I'm completely tickled to think I might have a fan -- and one my daughter's age or younger, at that!
And now for the Most Unusual Comment (so far) -- made by a woman who took a good look at all the pieces hanging on my display and, standing in front of Waiting for the Train, complete with its painted Lutradur (R) and hand-dyed silk ribbon embroidery, asked:
So...when the show is over what will you do with these? Will you take them home and put them altogether in a quilt?
P.S.: Linking to Nina Marie's "Off the Wall Friday" -- have a great weekend!