With the month coming to an end it was time to finalize the details of the Half Moon Creek Anchorage Gallery closing. I’ll be picking up the few remaining pieces on Tuesday from the Gallery. Yes, Half Moon will be opening a Gallery in Palmer within the coming months, hopefully by May 1. But until then I’m bummed. Their closing has been much more depressing than I care to admit. I really owe it to the girls at Half Moon for getting my sculpture career off the ground eight years ago when Chris (one of the owners) noticed my metal work at an outdoor fair and told me about their new Gallery that was soon to open. This one gallery enabled me to sell enough of my artwork to more than pay the bills, buy more steel and become a real live working artist. Because of Half Moon I was able to unplug my mega-graphics systems network and plug in a plasma cutter and welder. My hands finally had a chance to create art and not punch a keyboard and draw with a mouse. Before their Anchorage Gallery opened, I was only a weekend art fair warrior, selling my metal garden art at craft fairs and events less than part-time. My 20+ year old successful graphic design business generated a terrific income, though I couldn’t go anywhere with out a laptop, Palm Pilot (yesterday’s iPhone) or a portfolio stuffed with client proofs strapped to my body. There were impossible deadlines, corporate to-do’s, demanding clients, new media to stay ahead of and no real hands-on artmaking in sight. I was thrilled to make the switch from Graphics Girl to Carhartt wearing Flame Chick. Sure, my income took a 50% hit in the beginning, but my mental and physical health immediately improved –just ask Daddy-O!
Over the last eight years, I’ve gotten spoiled on how I sell my sculptures locally. I make them, drive them literally down the street to Half Moon and they sell them. They send me a nice check BY THE 10th of EACH and EVERY month. They filter the weird customers, put up with fussy customers, call me with special requests and commissions, they happily package, they carefully ship and they will even pick up a sculpture if Daddy-O has the truck that day. I’ve been in a bit of a funk and didn’t want to admit it was because of the closing, but it is. Karmatically I know how dangerous these “lows” can be for an artist, so I’m pulling straight out of it with a PARTY. Yes, tonight we’re throwing the first Art Coffee Soiree downtown. I’ve requested artists from our informal coffee group bring retro-themed* appetizers and BEVERAGES, artist made gifts for a Chinese auction and everyone is also bringing Artist Trading Cards to share.
*for the retro themed appetizers think fun frilly toothpicks, deviled eggs, spam, cheese balls, mini marshmallows, bbq meat balls, Little Smokies, Jell-O dishes gone wild, melon balls, potato chips, mixed nuts, cup cakes, popcorn balls or anything wrapped in bacon or dipped in hot Velveeta!
I’m already feeling a l i t t l e better, I just was notified that I won an Amazon Gift certificate from Lesley Riley’s Art Fabric Blog (via Judy’s Painted Threads Blog) and I know just what I’m buying!! In our house, food really is Love...