I only recently began doing art shows and I have been surprised at what I've learned. These events are large in scale and include many vendors and many more shoppers. It is fast paced and exciting, and it is a thrill every time I sell a piece I created. But the best part has been the people I've met. Folks see something in my booth that sparks a memory or emotion and they want to talk about it. I'm not really any kind of salesman, so I don't crowd guests when they wander in, but most of them want to chat. I like that. I have met some really nice people at these events and it makes the experience very rewarding.
Of course, not everyone who wants to talk is also going to purchase, but that's okay. I still enjoy the interaction. It is a special feeling knowing that something I put on paper makes people light up and want to happily share their stories and memories. I didn't really expect that, but I enjoy it tremendously. The other great surprise about these events are my fellow artisans. They obviously are a very talented group but they are also very helpful and very genuine. When another vendor learns that I'm new to this lifestyle, they bend over backwards to help. They offer great advice on things to do and - just as important - things not to do if you want to be successful in this industry. I have been overwhelmed by their willingness to help and their acceptance into their ranks.
If you attend big events like the Craftsmen's Classic spring and Christmas shows, you know what a great time they are. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it. You will be blown away by the talent level of the men and women who travel across the country sharing their many wonderful creations. And, of course, please stop by the Old South Art booth to chat me up. I look forward to it.
Old South Art is a producer of original artwork, focusing on southern themes. We are based in Central Virginia and are developing images from this great state as well as our neighboring southern states. The map renderings are offered as an artist's viewpoint, and while they are accurately drawn, they are not intended for navigational purposes.
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