Last month I spent an entire day exploring Old Towne Sacramento with a dear, sweet friend and we ate fish and chips along the busy river corridor. I lost count on how many times the bridges moved to the side/or up and down. The photographs taken, hundreds, remind me to be embrace random urban street scenes as well as the rugged, rural Nevada outback I love.
We ended up at the Crocker Art Museum's Big Names Small Art Exhibition. The fundraiser began promptly at 5pm in the museum's courtyard and folks streamed in like you'd expect. The silent auction was thrilling in that conversations about each piece reminded me of touring the floors of art classics just inside. What we didn't expect was a thundershower between the auctions of Lot 1 and 2. Yes, the museum crew was prepared to turn art over and cover artwork with plastic but the wind made this a huge challenge. Once the black cloud moved out toward the Sierra foothills, the auction began again in earnest. My piece was in Lot 3. That table was near food/bar and DJ stage of the event.
Mingling is out of my comfort zone, living in a small town for nearly 30 years, there are few events with strangers. Like my nerves take over; I don't know what to say and my hearing is just sketchy enough that I may blubber something totally off base. Mingling with this fantastic group of artists AND art lovers (buyers) was super easy. I met some folks from the bay area and some from right there in Sac. One artist, just from his self-description, from memory I could identify his donated piece! He is a working artist, not starving, and his enthusiasm is phenomenal. A lover of spray paint and murals, I was smitten. Check out art@R2Romero.com.
One special thing about the event happened about ten days later. I received a formal thank you letter! I've made lots of donations over the years. This old fashioned professional practice happens less and less so it meant a lot!
So plans for next year include new business cards or art reception invitation post cards! Not everyone that donated pieces could attend the event, I understand that, but those that were there that had business cards next to their piece received a huge boost in exposure! (My new cards had a shiny gloss that quickly stuck together like oatmeal after the downpour.)
Displaying my art is about to change, too! I will design a chiffon scarf specifically for the Crocker's art event. I have ideas in mind; it's on my design wall already. I plan to wrap it around the outside of a small frame, tied in a tight bow instead of hidden behind a mat and glass.
Lastly, I will advertise the event more on social media and send e-invitations because I think attending this annual fundraiser in the city as an artist or buyer or observer is mind-blowing for those in the art world! Support art education and support artists! Creations exhibited, albeit small, proved to be unique and exceptional! Inspiring artwork inspires more inspiring artwork!