Christmas Show

People asked yesterday so here’s the low down on the little show at the Rio Grande County Museum. The opening is Saturday — I have no idea how that’s going to work, only that the woman who runs the museum is as concerned about C-19 as I am. But, I’m pretty sure there will be no crowds of people and it will not be a super-spreader event. Masks are required.

Today I’m hanging my stuff. I’m the first artist to hang (ha ha) so in a little while I’ll head into the snowy world just west of Monte Vista.

I’m hanging 3 oil paintings, taking three garden signs, some tree ornaments and Christmas cards. Yesterday I put a price on the tree painting. I thought, “I can’t hang it in this tiny house, and I need a new computer and phone.” In the middle of the night I woke up realizing I can’t sell it. A little voice said, “Not for sale!” I don’t know why, still if your painting is going to talk to you you either call the men in the white suits or do what it says. I’m hanging it but NFS.

Along with me is a very eclectic group of people and art, including two children. I think that is very cool.

I’m nervous, honestly. It’s the first time I’ve shown my work along with that of the people who gave me so much shit five years ago. Long story, but when I first moved here I joined two artist groups and an art co-op. Being the new guy, and from “outside,” it was a little tricky (ha ha use of understatement). I read recently that in this valley of 40,000 people there are 500 known artists. I think that might be a high percentage. But maybe after my being here for six years, they’ve accepted I’m here to stay.

I finished all the relevant tasks yesterday about 4 and loaded the car.

Apropos of other news, I wonder if we’re so inured right now to the daily crisis that we’re going to have a little trouble coming down from all that angst and adrenaline.

20 thoughts on “Christmas Show

  1. I’m sure there will be a lot of disappointed viewers that the tree painting isn’t for sale. But I’m glad you are keeping it😊

  2. I remember that artist group/co-op. They were not a very nice group. I’m happy you’re doing this show, Martha. And NFS….I have always been intrigued when I came across those at a gallery. I wonder if someone will try to make an offer you cannot refuse…

  3. That isn’t an unusual number of artists but it is an unusual number of artists trying to display and sell their work. I suspect you were unwelcome competition. The more competitive your work, the more unwelcome. I’d take it as a compliment and smile.

  4. I recall once seeing a painting that was NFS. It caught my eye from across the room. It was a traditional Chinese painting of roses and the artist said she would gladly make me a copy. The copy is beautiful but the one that was NFS has something that was readily apparent to me and clearly to her as well.

    • I am in a quandary because I could use the money and the woman who wants it is one of my favorite people. If a picture of Bear and me belongs anywhere but here, it’s with her. I don’t know why I feel this way. She knows and loves Bear, too, and now she’s moved to Oregon so it would be a part of this place, me and my dog in her house. I’m just going to wait to hear more voices, I think. πŸ˜‰

  5. Good luck with your show!! That’s very exciting, but I am sure it would be very nerve wracking, having people look at the art you created with your heart and soul. And pooh on all of those artists, they know a good thing when they see it, and it threatens them!.

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