Truly, where does the time go?
And as if I don’t have enough to do, I’ve added a couple new endeavors to the mix!! In April, I was asked to join a group of four friends (with myself we are five) to create an artist group for Joplin’s new Empire Market. It’s basically a farmers market with lots of add on vendors. Our group, The Market Artisans, consist of Dianne Miller-our leader and glass artist, Kristin Girard-our jewelry artist, Barb Dedrickson-pine needle basket weaver and gourd artist, Brenda Hayes-fiber artist (but she doesn’t stop with fibers), and me!
That started April 28th. It’s every Saturday from 10-3. We alternate who sits in the booth so we aren’t wearing ourselves out by being there every single Saturday. And that means we don’t necessarily even have to be there!! And I feel like it takes some of the pressure off, that I can try simple things for a clientele that likes fresh produce! I’ve been making things like planted pots with hangers..yes, I dug out my macrame books from the ‘70s!! Birdhouses are fun to do and I have workshops about those! And I cannot say enough good things about my colleagues!! We are collaborating and always coming up with new ideas!!
And around that same time, I was also asked to join Local Color, an art gallery in the Griffin Building in Joplin. Along with a ton of inventory, I do work in the gallery and just this week started having workshops there as well as Artforms.
It’s kind of strange not having tubs of work sitting around but it’s better to have it out where people can buy it as opposed to being in my garage!!!
And in addition to all that, I’m the featured artist at Artforms. Just a two week gig. Basically, I got to dress up their window, but it will be up during the Art Walk.