That was such a good experience. Wow what a time. I participated in my first art show on Thursday June 22nd, 2017, at the Mod Club in Toronto.
I went to the show at 4pm to get everything set up. I’m glad I went when I did because I had never set up a booth before so I had no real understanding of how long it was going to take me to set up. I was pretty good though at getting it all together since I had prepared everything at home before hand. The only thing I had to do was put the wire on the back of my frames, put the S hooks on the railing and then hang the paintings. After that I just had to set up my table and easel. I think it turned out rather well. Oh yes and lighting.
I am very grateful for my husband and my sister coming and helping me set up everything and be ready for the show. They helped me get it all together and stage it and bring things back and forth. And most of all support.
I don’t think I could thank all my friends and family who came out and supported me enough. It was so wonderful seeing them all there and knowing that they all believe in me and want to see me succeed. It’s empowering to know that even without them I would have been there still doing it, but it’s heart warming to know that I didn’t have to do it alone. I had all of them. It made me so happy to see each and every person. There was some people that bought tickets even though they knew they couldn’t go and the messages of support that people sent me all brought a smile to my face and boosted my confidence up. I was a little nervous but because of all of them I was able to push through my lack of nerves and floppy turning stomach hahaha.
The experience was really great. It really helped me understand what it was like to prepare myself for a show. Get everything ready. Plan out how I want to present myself. And I am really glad I was honest with myself about what to expect from this. I was very realistic and expected my prints to sell more than my original artwork on the basis that my originals cost more. I ended up selling all of my prints, a lot of my postcards and I also got some orders for some custom paintings. I felt like for the amount of people that attended I had a pretty high volume of foot traffic which was really nice.
One of the best parts was just talking and meeting people. I got to talk to so many different people. Customers, admirers, other artists and people who were just curious. I couldn’t stop talking the whole night. I felt kinda bad cause I wanted to give more time to every person that stopped by but sometimes I was talking to some people and then other people would come by. I did the best I could. Everyone was really great. I loved talking not just about my artwork but getting to know everyone and just talking about art in general.
I will never forget my first sale. It was to a woman who came to my booth, she was with a friend and she told me how much she loved my paintings; just everything about them, and she just really thought they were beautiful. I have little goose bumps typing this right now cause I remember that it just made me feel so real. Someone else, someone I didn’t know was in love with something I created with my two hands. Something that meant a lot to me and she loved it. She ended up buying a print of the St.Lawrence Market. I hope I never forget her. Thank you.
I had a great time. I am in love with getting out there into this crazy world with my art and I honestly am looking forward to my next show.
But right now, I am exhausted and I want a nap hahahaha.