Friday, April 04, 2008

Here I am!

It's been a while, yikes!

Last weekend, I had a three-day show in Chantilly, VA, at the Dulles Expo Center. It was my first time exhibiting with Gilmore Enterprises, who are constantly rated in the top 100 in Sunshine Artist magazine (and several are in the top 20). I was thrilled to be there, as it took four years of trying to finally be accepted. I've always equated being accepted to juried shows as applying to college -- you send in four to five slides representative of your work, an application fee, and wait, and you may be one of fifty jewelry artists hoping for that one slot.

Many people have said that a bad Gilmore show is a good show elsewhere, and I have to agree. Many of the artists there said the crowds were down, and spring shows usually are slow -- there's no big holiday to buy for, people are away for spring break, the weather, if it's nice, means people are outside -- but I was busy the entire time. I had brought a couple of jewelry projects with me, anticipating down time, but there really WAS no down time.

The one bad thing about a busy show was that I burned the candle at both ends and ended up with a bad cold, so spent almost all this week in bed.

And now I'm burning the candle again, updating the web site, photographing jewelry, MAKING jewelry, and getting ready for another three-day show in Virginia Beach in two weeks.

So how was YOUR week?


  1. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Hope you are feeling better! And this puts my week in perspective!

  2. Anonymous4:30 PM

    Congratulations on a good show! I feel bad for people that feel shows being slower...I think I'm new enough that I don't know what the good old days were, when there was less competition and more money floating around out there.

  3. Same here! I hear so much about "the good old days" and I've not been in this but about four years, so I have no idea what those days were like. I figure things are like a wheel and eventually things will cycle back up to the top, right?

  4. Anonymous4:15 PM

    I love the piece you have in the photo in this entry!

    Glad the show went well.

    - Jen


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