As previously mentioned, my best friend Karen, my best friend Shirlie and I – (all being around the age of those who remember when Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland became bored and declared – “I know, lets produce a show!”) thought it might be fun to produce our own art show.
It would be a very upscale event. We would handpick the artists. We would have door prizes. We would serve refreshments. All those with a true appreciation of original and fine art would seek us out.
So we did. And we called the event Savor the Arts and – guess what – all the above came true. WOW – was that ever fun.
Or not. We forgot one little thing – that four-letter word that I never use and do not wish those around me to use – WORK
So lets discuss how to really promote an art show.
Lesson No. 1 - of course – location, location, location.
Since our best friend Karen lives in Marlbank and had access to the Marlbank clubhouse that decision was easy.
Lesson No, 2 – pick a date. One that does not interfere with any other art show being held on that date – not so easy. But doable.
Now we have made it to the fun part – selecting the artists.
In my not so humble opinion – the most important part of the show. And a perfect segue to the introduction of the artists you will meet in this years show.
In our 2011 show my best friend Noreen Dobratz earned the title “Queen of Fiber Art.” One picture - thousand words!
Talk about upbeat and uninhibited! Both Noreen and her jackets! Shouldn’t we expect that from someone born and raised in San Francisco?
We are ever so grateful that she and her husband Duane moved to Williamsburg. Noreen is a member of the American Sewing Guild and both the Yorktown Art Gallery and Blue Skies Gallery in Hampton, Virginia show her jackets. She has won four national creativity awards. Noreen continues to build her skills through classes in design and fiber art techniques.
I first met Angela Stroup through the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News, VA. – (better known as PFAC.) When I saw her display of fine art I knew she would fit right in. Not only is she multi talented, she is one of the most caring, sharing and giving persons I have had the pleasure to meet. Please click on her name, go to her website, and read Angela’s full story.
My meeting Angela proves that if you spend your days in galleries and museums and surround yourself with fine art you will meet only the best artists.
(Okay – so it was the PFAC Girl’s Night Out and along with showing her art she was giving belly dancing lessons – could it get any better than that?)