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It's that time of year again when I offer to my friends and relatives a selection of paintings for only $100 each. There is a bit of a twist on it all this year however, with the new store being opened I will be hosting a private viewing for them on Oct. 4th and then offering the remaining work to the clients visiting the shop for the remainder of the month of October.
It's an interesting thing for me to put this together every year. I pick through paintings, looking for a variety of work to offer and hope that I have chosen the right combination of realism and abstract pieces. This year I am also including the work of two of my artist friends. Patt Bennett who is a watercolorist and Mary Schiros who is a mixed media artist. There may be one more including her work, waiting to hear back from her as I write. They all have some lovely work as well, and this way it mixes things up for my family & friends, not to mention expands the client base for the event.
I have done some advertising, sent out emails, posted events in Facebook and twitted all about it. Now I need to work on some flyers and tickets and such. All this takes a considerable amount of time and effort but I feel it is a worthwhile project and I love how it has gotten a little bigger and more involved each year.
As a side note, it would be a much easier event to undertake if there weren't so much life happening in and around all this. I still have to run the shop, take care of a home, yard and garden. Run the normal errands, pay the normal bills, teach those extra classes, and what I would really like is a moment to just sit and read a book in the sunshine, but summer is fading and the chances of that happening are getting mighty slim.
This has got to be one of the fastest years of my life, speeding by like a silver bullet. Fading into the history of my life. Leaving my head spinning and my feet moving during every waking hour. It certainly won't be a year that I will forget, but the days are all running together and Oct. is just about two weeks away so I need to get going on those flyers and tickets before someone shows up wanting one!