About 14 years ago I attended my first Open Studios event and was struck by possibilities. Before that, I hadn't ever seen any artists making money with their art. Sure there were galleries, but unless you won the gallery lottery, the notion of making any money with art seemed nearly mythological.
During my first Open Studios event as a visitor I was wowed with seeing so many different, studio arrangements. Sometimes even the tiniest nook in a house was a place of amazing artistic expression for larger than life works. There were as many techniques as there were artists. You could talk to the artists and either hear about or see the process live. Visitors were buying original art and prints for their home direct from the artists. Artists were being business people.
I often wonder what would have happened to my artistic career path if I had known about these possibilities as a teen and young adult. And, a small, quiet part of me continued to wonder and dream since that studio tour about maybe, just maybe... having the courage to host my own open studio event. What would it be like to share what comes from that quiet but joyous part of me? What would it be like to treat art as a business instead of a victim of random circumstance?
Possibilities hold incredible staying power it seems.
Pick up a catalog, decide on the artists you'd like to visit, load the family into the car, plot your course and go! It's totally free to the public. Whether you are looking to customize your walls with original art, support local artists, buy art on a budget, buy art as an investment, expose your children to art in the wild, get ideas for your own artistic endeavors or just have an enjoyable day looking at beautiful things... you will enjoy yourself.
And if some possibilities follow you home... Well, wouldn't that be exciting!
If you like the idea of seeing some larger scale pointillism paintings or just want to visit with me and say hello, come on by my new studio space on May 2nd or 3rd. I just moved in and can't wait to share what I've been working on for the last 2 years.