06/05/2004: "Quick Draw, a terrifying proposition"
I'm home in Douglas now and just got a letter in the mail from the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council asking me to participate in this year's charity Quick Draw.
"Participating artists will gather at Marine Park and each will create a work of art in one hour (hence the term "Quick Draw"). While the artists are working, members of the public circulate among them, admiring the artists' work and experiencing an aspect of the creative process the public does not usually see. Once the hour is up we hold a public auction of the works which have been created. The proceeds from each sale are divided between the artist and the event based on a percentage chosen by the artist."
I'm really torn over whether or not I should do this. On one hand, it would be good publicity, and a nice thing to do for the JAHC which let me have a show at their gallery a couple years ago...on the other hand, I would have to work in front of people, have very little time to finish a piece, and it could end up being REALLY terrible looking, and bring in no bids at all from the auction. That would be humiliating. They need to know if I'm going to participate by this Friday and I just can't decide. Part of me really wants to do it, but another part of me is having a major anxiety attack. What do you think? An opportunity to do something good for the arts community or an opportunity for disaster?
Have any of you out there ever participated in something similar and if so, how awful was it?