It was a week-day, and a local morning news show was on television keeping me company as I prepared for work. During the short break in the news, the news person took a few minutes to interview a woman, who was promoting a local arts and crafts show.
During the interview, the newsperson asked the woman several general questions about the upcoming show...and, then asked if there would be plenty of, what he called, "knick-knacks and novelties" at the show! I was appalled when I heard this! Knick-knacks and novelties...how dare you!
What do you see, when you attend an arts and crafts show? You see blood, sweat and tears; long hours; rejection slips; frustrations; failures; and plenty of sob stories by the people displaying their work, etc. The devotion and dedication these people have put into their work cannot be measured, as they try to be the best in their field!
The artist did not get to this level over-night! There's no magic dust and no free lunch either! After they've gotten to this level in quality of their work...they have to find the courage it takes, and go out in front of hundreds or thousands of people to show and sell their work. I can assure you...this is not an easy task!
To do this, they have to learn how to price their work, which I think is the most difficult thing to do in the whole process! What is a piece of your work worth to someone? What is the piece worth to you in dollars? How much time and money did you spent to make the piece?
"Knick-knacks and novelties...how dare you!
Bare walls and empty spaces: What is one of the first things a person does, when moving into a house; apartment or office? Decorating the place is usually someplace at the top of the to-do list. Family photographs; wonderful drawings produced by a child with crayons; a special painting on the wall; a great-looking piece of pottery on the bookcase; a piece of furniture you made yourself; or surrounding yourself with your collection of your favorite books...your library! Yes...art, craft and writing pieces can enrich all of our lives!
As a woodcarver for over 30 years, I'm out of the art and craft world, and I have no background in the world of writing whatsoever. But, many years ago, I was invited to join the Southwest Writers Workshop, by the then President of the organization, Eileen Stanton, who is one of New Mexico's top writers. She has sold over 5,000 of her articles, in some of the top newspapers and magazines in the country. With over 1,000 members nation-wide, SWW has some of the most talented and accomplished writers in the nation, So, I was flattered by the invitation. But, I am out of the art and craft world, and I didn't feel comfortable around writers!
As if I didn't have enough rejection slips and bombs in the art and craft world, I had to stick my nose into writing and look for more rejection slips in the world of writing. Little by little, I started to get a wall full of rejection slips, and now I had a new respect for writers, etc. At the time, I had to be crazy!
A few years later (in my 40's), I completed three writing courses, to try to improve my writing skills; the Writer's Digest course; the National Writers Club course; and a creative writing course at the University of New Mexico, taught by Eileen Stanton. All of this took over 18 months to complete and cost my, at the time, a couple of hundred dollars, etc. It's one of the best things I have ever done for myself!
"Knick-knacks and novelties...how dare you!
Frankly, I think the work of the writer all across the country is taken for granted...but, for without the writer...there would be no movies; no songs; little or no advertising; no books; no magazines or newspapers and not much television, nor would there be many websites, either! Almost everything on television would be re-runs, and we all learned that during the last writer's strike in 2007! So, writers are important in this society and they don't get the credit due to them, in my view!
Many years ago, I was participating in a three day outdoor arts and crafts show on the Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (where I live) Everything went well for me in the first couple of days as far as sales were concerned. And, on Sunday of the show...it was a quiet, lazy summer afternoon and the Plaza was filled with locals and tourists...looking at the colorful displays. And, all of a sudden...and without warning...THE SPRINKLERS CAME ON!
You have not seen panic...until you see over 100 exhibitors and the general public scatter in every direction to get out of the water! There was madness everywhere! All of us got soaked in a matter of minutes! Paintings tumbled to the ground; the sound of pottery and ceramics crashing down on the sidewalks...it was awful! I quickly put all my work in boxes, and put them under the table or carried the boxes away!
I coverd what I could with a sheet of plastic and I hoped I didn't lose too much! Everybody was drenched from the sprinklers...and I mean soaking wet! But, many exhibitor's lost their shirts that awful day! We all "took a bath" that terrible day...both both literally and figuratively!
" Knick-knacks and novelties...how dare you!
Whether the piece is produced by an artist; craftsperson or the writer...what do you see on the face of a loved one, who opens that special gift you have given them? You probably see a glow on the face...a warm smile...and a "thank you!"
So...a lot of this hard work by these talented people is not, necessarily, about paint; shutter-speed; fabric; glass; sawdust; leather; or a sheet full of periods, adjectives and commas! It's about something more important than that...it's about making people happy!
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