By the end of last week I could feel it coming. The choice between panicking about Anointing the Goddess or…
The “or” made me realize that I had a choice. I could go with my prevailing thoughts of you should make another pillow, why not make another quilt, you need more potholders…. or…. I could make one more pillow (which I did, just a little bit of crazy) then spend the week before the show getting things ready and enjoying it.
I realized I had this idea that if I wasn’t rushing around like a maniac, stressing and panicking and suffering, that I wasn’t working hard enough and I would screw something up and the show would be a failure. Or when it went well, I could be greatly relieved and feel good about all my “hard” work.
But what if….what if I did just the opposite. What if I told myself I had enough work, and I’d get everything done I needed to and anything I forgot or didn’t get to do wouldn’t matter. What if I enjoyed myself. The answer that came to me was that I’d have fun and the show would be even better because it was created joyfully. I reminded myself of the true meaning of my art shows. To expose people to good, local artists and their work. To create a welcoming and loving and safe environment. To sell art to people who want to have it in their lives. To have fun, always, to have fun.
So, yesterday I cleaned out the Pig Barn, today I’m printing labels and signs for the artwork and sorting out the paperwork. Tomorrow Jon and I will meet Kim Gifford for lunch and pick up her work for the show, get Jon’s prints from the Image Loft in Manchester and do a little “Artist Reception” food shopping. Thursday Diane and I will hang the show and Friday I’ll take care of the loose odds and ends. In between I’m having lunch with Jon, walking with the dogs, visiting the sheep and donkeys, getting to know our new, sweet and loving dog, Red, reading my book (Smut by Alan Bennett) and going to bed early. In a way, it’s like a vacation, a break from the normal routine of working in my studio. And I’m spending it cultivating Joy, getting ready for the fruitful and festive weekend.
“We Stand in this sacred space and welcome all who come to share love, work, hope, and the Spirit of Creation”
Dedication prayer of the Pig Barn Gallery by Mary Muncil.