Before the Happiness Project
On the front end of the solo art show, there's the HUGE worry (especially if you are just starting out) that the show will be a dud. Will anyone show up? Or, will it be like that awkward space inside an elevator with a stranger and some cheesy music in the background? Some folks worry whether they will sell anything too... and in a gallery situation where the rent needs to be made, that is a very valid concern. If you are doing something new and edgy and the press is around... gah! (Ok, I'm so not ready for that last one.)
Luckily, Keller Williams, San Carlos totally took care of me, bringing in many folks themselves for a silent auction fundraiser. There was tons of great food, plentiful wine and a wonderful time in general. I am beyond thankful for such a great event last evening and owe it to the wonderful real estate agents who work there. It would not have happened without them and my long time friend Amy Anderson.
I am also very thankful for the support of friends I hadn't seen in nearly 5-16 years, collectors, newsletter followers, as well as some current artist friends (Cindy Stokes, Donna Wocher, & Kat Bergman). Then there was hubs. He's the best and totally rocked it by coming straight to my event after having been out of town all week in a different time zone.
Now, with all of the fears and concerns, what are the upsides of a solo show? Firstly, with all of your own art all over the place, you are completely surrounded by what makes you happy. (I'm going to pause for a moment and grin.) And, what I noted for the first time last night... when I got to see folks light up when they realized they were talking to the artist... when people shared their own arts or dreams... when they said how happy the art was and how lovely it made the work environment... when they told me how beautiful the work was... when they told me what a great artist I was... when they stopped and clapped for me as I was trying to sneak hubs out the door for a spontaneous date night (blush)...
... I got two hours of pure love and joy reflected back from the the people around me.
Isn't it great how happiness can be shared so well?
After the Happiness Project
(Yes, I was too busy partying to get a photo of the crush of attendees. Maybe next time. --R.B.)