The end of the year has always been the busiest time for us and I suspect that’s true for most artists and artisans. Here we’ve been pushing last minute studio finishes for exhibits that have been planned for some time. This year is no acceptation. We just finished wrapping up 24 pieces of art that are distributed between Albany, NY and Manchester, Vermont.
One big disappointment last month was the notice in the mail that Robert’s work had not been selected to participate in the ASA Landscape for Landsakes exhibit. This was doubly disappointing since this very large piece is one that he had worked on since last year. “Yoke” is 30 x 40 inches and has so many images of people and things of Washington County NY (included in Robert's Gallery page). Alas, it’s not in the exhibit. He won’t ever submit for the exhibit again…….very discouraging. I’m not sure if I will submit again either. It’s a great cause. However, for every piece that is sold during the exhibit ASA retains 50%. I’m thinking I’d be better off to donate some money and not work so hard toward filling their walls. Granted there are a lot of people who see the work but to date I’ve never had anyone buy art through our studio as a result of their seeing my work at Landscapes for Landsakes.
As this summer winds down we have time to reflect on the events that drove us and for our studio there were two very special events.
One was personal and very lovely which involved the marriage of our son to a wonderful woman whom we have referred to for some time as our Daughter-in-love. Now with another Mrs. Whiting in the family we are beyond joyous.
The other event took many months of planning, fretting and, yup, second guessing. While putting Artisan Trails in Washington County together with friend Kris Gregson Moss, we spent a lot of time hoping we were going in the right direction and doing a good job of getting the information out there for the local artisans and artists to see so they could be involved. Time would tell.....
There were a few glitches of course. Things that we will do differently next year. However, on the whole the artisans were happy and the public that walked into our studio seemed to be enjoying the quest of finding the participants on the Trail Map.
It's always hard to tell if your efforts are making a difference or even being noticed. That said, I was thrilled to see a wonderful, totally unsolicited piece on the saratoga.com website that put all those doubts behind me. I've provided a link here. The piece includes information about some of the other participants in Artisan Trails.
The author of the article is not noted, I have my suspicions of who wrote it and to that person all of us who participated in Artisan Trails say "Thank You!"
This summer we are in for a busy, BUSY, time. There is a son's wedding, family picnics, plein air events to attend, working toward being invited to participated in another years "Landscapes for Landsake" and the maiden launch of Artisan Trails in Washington County.
Robert and I have been painting diligently to complete works for each event. We hope to have some of the work shown here on the website, but that must wait until there's time to take adequate photos. Until then........PAINT!
After many long hours of gathering ideas, reviewing layout options and inputting text, I've launched a website for the Artisan Trails in Washington County.
Now there is no need to have a Facebook account to see what's going on with the participants, or other local event and lodging venues. The new website is www.artisan-trail.com. People interested in joining the event as a participant will find a plethora of very useful information there. Also, some entertainment and lodging venues have shown an interest in promoting the event through their websites and within their establishments. Any additional businesses can find contact information on the website.
I would appreciate any suggested edits, additions or just a story you want to share about your participation in local festivals.
Robert and Susan Whiting will open their timberframe studio by appointment