So as many of you know, I participated in my first art fair this weekend in Olean, NY. It was an interesting experience. I enjoyed meeting some new people, and I really enjoyed winning the best in show for my work, but its very grueling being so exposed. I didn’t care for that so much, and it was exhausting too! I feel I should plug the great people at the Cattaragus County Arts Council here so here’s their website http://www.myartscouncil.net/
I’m not sure if I would do it again, I did sell two original pieces, and I received a commission also, so it was a profitable day financially speaking, which I guess is good. I saw some old friends, who travel the circuit so I don’t see them much over the summer… also good. I made some art contacts with people I had never met before, also good, but I came away and still feel a little sad about the whole experience. I think this is because I don’t really enjoy the public-ness of the experience, people like to meet the artist, but I am uncomfortable with this, I like my work to stand by itself, not as an extension of me… while it is my work, it is not me, more like thinking out loud. Am I weird?? I have talked in the past about exposure and fame but basically I am a little baffled by why meeting me is important to the experience of my work, and I feel overexposed and vulnerable, these ideas are really important to me, oh its too difficult to explain, but I guess I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop, for the punchline… ha, ha! I am not very comfortable in the public persona of artist, it comes with a lot of baggage.