Yesterday I wrote about the last Bedlam Farm Open House.
But I think I didn’t make my self clear. It doesn’t mean we’re never going to be having some kind of event at Bedlam Farm again. It means that Jon and I are reimaginig the idea of the Open House.
There are some elements to the Open House that work, some parts of it that are what it’s really all about. And in talking about it, it seems that Jon and I have different experiences with the Open House.
I spend most of my days in my gallery selling art. Jon spends most of his time meeting and talking to people.
For me, I’ve found that I spend too much energy doing the physical labor of setting up and breaking down my studio, so it can work as a gallery. I’ve also find myself focusing more than I want to on worrying about selling art and making enough money to make the whole weekend worthwhile financially.
So for me it’s become less about creativity and encouragement and more and more about money.
But that’s not what either Jon or I want for the Open House.
So we’re thinking of new ways to make it work.
We understand that most of our audience is online, and we don’t want to leave them out of the process. Instead of having everyone have to come to us, we’re thinking of ways to bring the open house to everyone.
I want to take the things that work in the Open House now and find something new for the space that is created from the things we don’t want to do anymore.
What I see right now, and I’m sure this will evolve, is Bedlam Farm being a place where artists come for the weekend and demonstrate how they do their work. Just like Rachel Barlow and Sara Kelly did this past weekend, painting and making a digital woodcut.
Some demonstrations would go thought the day and others might be for a limited amount of time, depending on the artist and their work.
We would have sheep shearing and herding and visits with the donkeys. There would be time for people who came to see the artists to talk to them, ask questions and have a conversation. And there would be time for Jon and me to do the same.
I see my studio open as a working studio. Me working there sporadically throughout the day. We would still have poetry reading, maybe more than one, more spontaneous and in smaller groups. Maybe even people could bring their own poetry to share with some of the other poets.
I’d love the have the Sister’s of the Shawl back. I’m hoping by then to dance a slow dance with them. Kathleen told me she thought I was ready this weekend, but it felt like too much pressure to me. If the Open House had this new format, perhaps that would make it easier for me to dance.
It would be nice to have food and music too.
I wouldn’t sell art, but people would be encouraged to visit the to blogs, websites and Etsy Shops of the artist working at the farm. It’s an easier and more democratic was of selling the art. This way everyone has a chance to buy art directly from each artist.
And, so that everyone could be a part of it whether they were at the farm or not, we would live stream the whole weekend.
I’m picturing a festival of creativity. A sharing of inspiration. Bedlam Farm lit up with creative sparks.
So it may be the end of the Bedlam Farm Open House as we know it, but it’s also the beginning of something new.
And I couldn’t’ be more excited about it.