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04/01/2006: "Museum Workshop Debriefing"
I just got back from presenting at the "How to Exhibit" workshop at our city museum and I feel like it was a big hit. We had a nice mix of newbies and well established local artists...I felt intimidated at first but I realized that I had information about the online environment that was completely new for many people.
I had a lot of positive feedback for my bit as well as for the presentation as a whole. The other two presenters were fantastic and I learned a lot from them as well...the three of us were a good mix. I felt it was a testament to how much need there was for this kind of session that everyone stayed for the entire thing (from 9-2) even though it was gorgeous outside. Any of you with an interest in these kinds of skills should talk to your local arts council about setting up something similar.
Anyway, I got a lot of comments like "when do you sleep" which I took as a compliment but also made me realize how much time I really do spend on this...the blog, the website, in addition to the actual painting etc. It really is my life, and for some reason being envolved in this presentation really drove that home for me...and I realized that I'm OK with it...more than just OK...that I'm very very happy with where I'm at, and what I've had to give up along the way.
Oh, and special thanks to Daniel North for sending me one of his portfolios that he mails out to galleries and museums for getting shows. I passed it around and there was a lot of interest in it, I know several people wrote down his name as well so...do something nice for others and it may end up helping you in some way too!