Get back in the art show ring?

I’ve been up to my eyeballs in homeschooling. It’s easier than I thought and really does take less time than a school day however, it takes more of my time than public school used to take. I’ve adjusted to that by giving up everything else I used to do. In some ways that’s relaxing. In other ways I sometimes wonder just what I’m spending all of my time on now.  Then I remember, oh, yeah, protecting, forming, and nurturing a very happy teenager, and it’s all good.

That said, I haven’t done shows this year and the deadline for application to my big studio tour is coming up next month. I don’t know what I want to do. I want to do the show but I don’t want to be stressed because I don’t have enough time. I have a couple other artists who are looking to get back here, after not showing here last year and I feel a little obligation. I’d be perfectly happy not to show but I like the extra cash and thrill of selling my work. I wonder if the kid will be back to regular school by fall. I wonder if summer will bring me studio time. And, what about that book I’m supposedly writing?

glass and enamel beads

We thought the new studio space would be done by now. In fact, that’s why I didn’t show last year. I thought we’d still be under construction. We have the designs done and permits in but haven’t broken ground yet. I want to use the new space for paper, fiber, painting, etc. and had the idea of filling the space with pieces (2D art, mobiles, panels, vessels, jewelry, whatever) and putting everything for sale at the studio tour. What doesn’t sell could/would go on sale online, or elsewhere, and start all over for next year. Maybe take emails at the show and have a New Year trunk show, reduced price sale.

While that sounds fun, I don’t even know if I can make wall pieces, whether that would all be too disjointed or how any of that would work out. That’s my current dream though. In-between all that other stuff.

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