It was right before the show opened and Lexi took this picture of me with her iPhone. Not bad! Thanks Lex.
The weather was perfect. This was my first BIG fine art show, outside, where the elements could be anything from freezing cold to furnace hot. This weekend, the Colorado weather was on its best behavior.
The first day, the crowds were relatively light. There was an Air Force Academy game that may have played a factor in the attendance. Sunday, the crowds were better and the people were more engaged in looking at the artists work, talking with us, and enjoying the Art Festival. Ribbons were awarded to artists in various categories. Two of our friends won best in their divisions, Julie Jerman-Melka for Jewelry and an oil painter, Stephen Koury. Lexi and I could not be happier for them….well deserved. I hope you will take a moment to visit their respective websites to see their works….you will see why they won in their categories.
This was not the best selling show I have had, yet regardless of that, I came away from the show with so much more than monetary rewards. I was invited to participate in the Holiday Market run by Commonwheel Artists Co-op in Manitou Springs! It is a 6 week event that runs from November 18 – December 31, 2011. I was flattered and accepted the invitation. My Arts & Crafts Impressions series caught their eye so there will be more of those wonderful gingko inspired jewelry pieces in the works.
The experience of doing this type of show was invaluable for me. More importantly was the sisterhood that I shared with three very special artists during the show. My sister, Lexi Erickson, of course! Lexi will forever be my mentor; when I need someone to lean on (besides my soul mate Dan) Lexi is there. I am so blessed to have her in my life. Then there is Mary Sharp-Davis, a woman that has so much wisdom and gentleness….everyone should meet and learn from a gentle soul like Mary. And then Julie Jerman-Melka….another woman who mentors, guides and nurtures. Through Lex, I have met and gotten to know Mary & Julie. A wonderful circle of creatives. One cannot ask for anything more, nor feel more blest.
I am thankful and grateful for the experience and the wisdom imparted by this gifted women of the sisterhood.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.