Well after reading over emails, watching radar and standing in the rain and wind, I'm just about packed. Wanted to stay home and hunker down but then out of the blue one of the directors emailed; "just checking in" She wanted to let us know she respected our decision to attend or not but: The Show Must Go On. They would be open for business. Whatever the decision, be safe.
I have to say after standing knee deep in water at the marina, being whipped to death by 40-60 mph winds and dragging downed tree limbs off the driveway I was pretty gobsmacked. Had a hard time wrapping my brain around this email but it was Charlotte and I have the utmost respect for Charlotte.
The TV, radio, emails, social media had been inundated with the devastation. Fine Craft, art.... really?
After I attended the MAG last year I was elated. Attending this one show changed the way I did business. If I was going to pack up and hit the road I was going work for people like the MAG. They respected the artists, fed us, housed us and checked on us hourly at the show, bringing water and snacks. Amazing because I had tread marks on my forehead from those who shall not be named, show promoters. Here we were coddled and it was good. NO, it was great!
These are the people that make me load a trailer and pull out of the driveway. These are the shows that I personally want to succeed, in fact excel. From the little old ladies who make the fantastic flower arrangements for the entry way, to the volunteer on her rascal scooter zipping around with a basket full of water. What I am saying is, the community is involved and they are excited we are there.
The other thing I love; the show is small; 40 artists. I should say exclusive.
It is the best of the best. I am honored to be invited.
OH and there is a wonderful student show from RIT. Opening night it is so great to talk to the students and hear about their path and what they want to do with their voice.
Today I will run down and pick up chicken feed and extra bale of straw. Get a bag of dog food and his line up his meds on the counter. Pack the trailer, get my maps in order and back out of the driveway at 3:30 a.m. The 25 mph winds should have died back, the rain will still be raining and I will be off to the MAG.
Have a grand weekend bloggers!