The Good: I sold several pieces, all of which went to good homes. It was a wonderful experience, chatting with the ladies I shared space with – a gourd artist and an author. Visitors oooh’d and aaaah’d, and very much appreciated the work involved.
The Bad: I hadn’t expected people to inquire about my suppliers – as in, “Gee, that would be great with my YYY, where did you get it?” Thankfully, I was able to honestly say I found it at the Tucson Gem show. But, I was rather taken aback by the boldness. It’s certainly not a question I would ask another artist – it would be like asking Michelangelo the recipe for a particular shade of crimson! I digress.
The Tour was over two days, a Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was very quiet, but a rousing success for other reasons. We had a cat. A stray cat. Who decided the three of use were his new home. A very talkative stray cat. I named him Stanley, from “A Streetcar Named Desire”. Yes, he was that loud! Incredibly friendly, too.
Success was that one of the visitors took a shine to Stanley. To the point of taking him home. We cleared out a box, she got a blanket, and in we popped Stanley! Apply duct tape; load in car. I must extend heartfelt thanks to her – because otherwise he’d have been mine! Did I mention Stanley was Orange? A wonderful deep dark orange. We haven’t had an orange cat since Otto…
Sunday had a steady stream of visitors, and everyone had sales. It was very nice, and exhausting too! I had forgotten what being in the public eye all day was like. Overall a fine experience, one which bears repeating.