Sunday, July 11, 2010

Art in the Park - A Celebration of Summer

I keyed in 'Art in the Park - summer Canada' in Google and was intriqued by the number of communities that are advertising summer art shows. Having participated in a couple of these events, I can say that for this artist its one of those for "Queen and Country" events. Its more an act of community good will than anything else.

First off, in the two shows that I participated in during the last year - I didn't sell anything. And, to make matters more frustrating, attendance was small.

Fair enough, but that's only part of the story. There's the packing up, and unpacking and price of fuel, and time - all of that. To make matters even more challenging, a mighty gust of wind came along, and blew over my easel and sent an expensively framed picture crashing to oblivion. The rain was another matter.

But, look at it this way - its like volunteering for my community. The world is a better place because people care for their communities and care for one another.

And if I look at it from the viewpoint of giving to my community - I gain in return. It is fun to profile my paintings, and talk to interested viewers, and to meet and chat with other artistic kindred spirits.

So, taking all in all, Art in the Park, is a nice summertime event.

1 comment:

  1. I know this all too well, you have described it perfectly. I must admit I never thought of the community good...


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