Open Studio, Oct. 11, 2009
My first Open Studio was fun and, I believe, enjoyed by all: the artist, her family, friends and collectors and the students and their friends.
It’s fall here and we pursued a fall theme with the preparations. I pitched the canopy outside the door of the studio. The canopy is industrial grade because my “good buy” purchased last summer for $50.00 collapsed after 3 installations. The weather could have been beastly but as it was we had the only lovely day in two weeks!
I had purchased a fire pit and arranged lawn chairs around a gentle fire. The chairs were occupied most of the time. A steady blaze is so soothing and the guests lingered to visit.
I prepared hot mulled cider, banana nut bread and oatmeal cookies. Students brought fresh fruit, cheeses and wine.
The studio, a former blacksmith shop constructed in 1886, was comfortably full throughout. Though I sold no paintings my students sold many. I collected the names of several persons who were interested either in lessons or my plein air painting group. The students were pleased with the event and I felt it was a successful effort in furthering my painting activities and contacts.
I will repeat the event next year.