Last weekend was my first in-person art event, the Lexington Open Studios. Before this I’ve mostly just been sharing my work online, through Etsy, Instagram, and this website. It was a surprisingly emotional step to share my work live, in person, with family and friends who know me in other capacities instead of just folks on Instagram who only know me through Anti-Anxiety Art.
I was lucky to get a great space at the Munroe Art Center, an awesome art & music space in Lexington. (My home studio is in a little room off our master bedroom and it felt weird to have folks walking through our bedroom to come see it, so I opted for a community space instead).
I wanted to replicate my studio in the new space, to give visitors a sense of my process - at least as much as reasonably possible in a big public hallway. So I brought my paint cart & a stack of paintings that had some background layers already started but were far from complete. I set up a small easel on the table, and would work on paintings whenever I had a few minutes throughout the day. As you can see from the works in progress under the table, I actually painted quite a lot during the event! It was great for my nerves to have something to do with my hands, and sparked fun conversations with visitors as they watched.
One big lesson I learned, though - it was a surprisingly physically intense experience! Standing all day is tougher than you’d think (although teacher experience paid off here). The real doozy was set up and take down... Next year I’ll definitely want a helper - bonus points for someone who can reach the gallery track without needing a big ladder! Any volunteers??
All in all, it was a great weekend. I met some new art-making and art-appreciating friends, sold five paintings (!!!!!), and shared my art with friends from all parts of my life. Hope to see you there again next year!