In my hometown (state) for that matter, art opportunities are kinda sparse. Word of Open Calls to Artists are rare around here so whenever one of my artist friends or myself hear of an opportunity we included everyone who had ever jot down a line. We are enthusiastic at a chance of displaying our skills and getting our work known. We are proud of our work and want to show them off. It's only natural.
The name of this current show is called Crazy 8's. The artwork has to be 8x8 and for sale for $88. You can turn in up to 4 pieces of work. (2 Dimensional no sculptures). My artist friends so happen to work in my department and over half are participating for this event. We banded together during the past couple of weeks. Each one of us gave advice, lent supplies and even offered to pose to help our fellow artist out. We were a motley group of artists, making art to be shown. We all have different styles and subjects but we were excited to create. It was great.
Today is the last day that a local gallery accepting work for a 40 some day run. Over the past couple of days one by one an artist would bring in their work to show off what they have done. It's funny viewing the reaction of others when they see the unveiled work. Some are dazzled, some are confused and some are downright hateful. I just think it's funny on how we strive to be an artist community, solid as one but deep down we have the ability to see green when there is a work that is over and beyond in what we can do. Why is that?
I'll be the first to admit...I wish I was a better artist. I wish to have certain talents that people can see in my work but for some odd reason I can't transfer what I envision in my head to paper (or canvas). I'm sure this happens to a lot of artists. What gets me is that some people get downright resentful over one's talents. Why be that way? We should appreciate everybody's talent and gift that they show us. We should rally around everyone and show support for their efforts. Okay, I'll step off my soapbox now. :)