Yesterday my husband and I spent about four hours hanging my spring show at the La Conner Brewery in La Conner, Washington. This is only the second show for me, and I have to say I never intended to do this. Circumstances led me to have a show in November and that show led to this one, so we'll see what happens.
Putting together a show is so much more work than I ever imagined. There are so many decisions to be made along the way - from editing the photos, selecting a theme, culling the collection to reflect the theme, choosing matting and framing, deciding how to group things, pricing, etc. In going through this process I discovered some things I didn't know about myself.
Since we're about to hit our big tourist season in town, which is due to the spectacular fields of tulips and Tulip Festival, I chose a theme of spring and hung images of flowers. It's still gray and rainy around here and when I went back to the Brewery last night to see how the images look when the place is full, many of my friends commented on how cheerful they make the place feel. Knowing my work brings smiles to people's faces is as good as any sale.
As I sat at the bar drinking a glass of wine and taking in the busyness of the place, I couldn't resist snapping a photo with my phone: