Many counties now have an Open Studios route at some point in the year. A weekend or more when you can see behind the scenes of the artists life. My local one is called Artmap Argyll. Dad has been involved from the beginning, eleven years ago, first as a Full member then more recently as an Associate. Mum then joined and was a full member, though rarely paints or draws now. I only plucked up enough courage to apply four years ago.
Originally Dad opened one end of the steading that is his workshop to put artwork on display, but after a couple of years we were inspired to empty what is known as the ‘Victorian barn’ and converted into a seasonal gallery space. You can see the change and the full story here www.studiobarnargyll. Now, as well as Artmap weekends we are open from around Easter until the end of September-ish, much depends on the weather.
Artmap is a difficult weekend emotionally & physically, the highs of plaudits, the lows of disinterested glances, even though you know you’re not going to be to everyone’s taste you still take it a bit personally. Being an exhibiting artist is exhausting, you have to be on duty all day, ready with a smile to welcome to everyone who comes through the door, ready to explain the why & the how many times over.
I never expect to sell a piece of artwork or lampshade so I'm always surprised and delighted when I do. Behind the calm façade & fumbling fingers as they struggle with the string tie up the parcel there's an excited little happy dance going on inside! Thank you!
Several people asked if I sold shades online… & I do so want to! But it is only me wearing all the hats in my business and with rural broadband not being what it could or rather should be, it's going to take me a while to get to that point. Slowly, tooooo slowly, it is being worked on, and I hope to have the proper shop up soon … (ish!) Meanwhile do visit us on the hill!
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