For the past eight years Frank and I have been a part of the annual Gowanus Artists Open Studio tour, a tour of artist studios in the Gowanus warehouse district of Brooklyn. While I no longer work in our warehouse studio since I have my studio at home, Frank always gives me space to set up, and I love being back in our old space full of memories where I used to make my art. The weekend is usually a fun filled time of talking about art and sharing glasses of wine with the people walking through.
This year was no different, there was a great turn out with a steady stream of people all day. Lots of friends stopped by, and Frank and I even gave an artist talk about our work to a large arts group from our church that came by.
I had fun setting up my wall with paintings from the past year, and I was able to sell prints, lots of cards and postcards, as well as magnets. In past years the tour has been over the whole two days of the weekend, but this year it was just on Saturday. Frank and I have sold paintings on the tour in the past but that usually happens when people see our work one day, then come back the next day to buy it after thinking about it over night. I guess that paintings are not often an impulse buy!
My kind parents came to watch the kids for us, so Frank and I had the special treat of being able to talk about art all day, and then head out to dinner together. As we were leaving the studio, we were treated to a beautiful classic Brooklyn sunset.
I think that the energy that I gained from the Open Studio carried me through this week. I often think of myself as an introvert, as I do enjoy my alone time, but then after an open studio or a show I also gain energy and get excited from talking with people about art, this weekend really was packed with that! I also had a nice surprise on Wednesday when I was featured on Stacie's Jewelry blog as her Artist of the Week, you can check it out here.
Now, how can it already be time to prepare for another weekend?