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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Glorious gallery day

I always get so nervous about my trip to The Lansing Art Gallery.  I don't know why.  I've been showing and selling my things successfully there since before Christmas (and for a year or so awhile back, too).  And I ALWAYS have a wonderful experience, so I don't know why it's so nerve wracking.  Partly because it's downtown, and I have to find a spot to park, and put money in a meter, and possibly walk for blocks, bleh.  Just the thought always gives me butterflies.  And also probably because they are such a prestigious gallery, and I still feel unworthy.  Well - today's experience was one of the best yet!  Perfect parking spot right out front, with 20 minutes left on the meter.  One hurdle overcome.  I took in several new pieces to sell, and had several to pull that hadn't sold.  There were a couple I had planned to pull that they asked me to leave, because there were patrons 'seriously' considering buying them.  She said if the gallery had a popularity contest - I would win!, because everyone loved to touch, and try on my jewelry.  Bonus ONE!  Then it came up in conversation about how much fun it is to work there as a volunteer, and all the fun things they have for them to help with and do.  I asked how you go about doing that - and that's all ya pretty much have to do - ASK!  There IS an application - she's supposed to be sending me that today.  I think I'll be putting in about 5 hours a week - doing whatever needs doing at an art gallery.  One of the positive aspects to that is meeting all the customers, as well as making other business contacts.  Just being there is often the added bonus for making that sale.  The customers LOVE speaking to the actual artist, so I'm super excited about that aspect.  Bonus TWO!  AND - I presented them with my class proposal - to teach a beading class on a Saturday, as well as my references and experience, etc.  They are definitely on board, and it will probably happen in the fall (summer is reserved for kids activities) She also asked me if I had something that could be taught as a "series".   I'm sure I can come up with something, and the possibility of having my name as an instructor connected to their gallery is one of THE most exciting things about todays trip for me.   Bonus THREE! 
I was so excited - I stopped on the way home a bought new shoes AND a new handbag!  :0D
Peaceful beading and a wonderful day everyone!  It sure has been for me!
TTFN

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