Monday, April 20, 2009

Florida Horse Park Exhibit

My exhibit at the Florida Horse Park this past weekend was instrumental in blasting through the inertia I find myself in. First outdoor show of the year had me flexing my festival muscles and flapping my networking wings. I loved it. Yes, the shows are a grind but they're also an effective way to engage in conversation about the artwork. It affords the opportunity to be accessible. Stereotype prevails in the art world with good reason - some people are intimidated to approach artists and ask questions (those nut jobs!). My task is to invite and make comfortable. Friendliness rules.

horse artI enjoyed decent sales that has me hopeful. Oh, and I won first place in the juried competition. What a hoot.

equine artConfident with hopeful anticipation, I sent in my booth fee to the High Hope Steeplechase at the Kentucky Horse Park today after my inspiring weekend.

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences. - Norman Cousins

6 comments:

bonnieluria said...

Such a casual mention of winning first place in a juried competition!
Seeing all of your work together is damn impressive. You have a mastery of subject that can't be ignored.
Smart buyers who value the work will always be looking you up.
Congratulations.

Nancy Ledding said...

Sharon,
Thanks for your participation in the MCA/FHP exhibit and sale. The quality of your work and that of the other artists puts Marion County on the map as having some of the best equine artists in the country. Thanks for being willing to take a chance on this new venture with us.
Nancy

Nancy Moskovitz said...

Congratulations! I can't believe how you have been keeping your award a secret in emails and OOHA emails. Beautiful exhibit.

Alison Burnett said...

Sharon,
It was lovely to meet you and Michael and see your incredible work in person.

I'll follow your lead on the inertia issue!

Alison

Karen McLain said...

Congrats on the first place! I would have loved to have been there, your booth looks great. I'm glad you had a good time.

Sharon Crute said...

Bonnie: You make me blush. As always, thanks for the most articulate encouragement.

Nancy L.: I was honored to be included and I thought it was an impressive exhibit of professional artists.

Nancy M.: Thanks so much. After seeing my crude sandwich peg boards, Peggy GAVE me six screens for exhibiting! How generous.

Alison: Wonderful to meet and chat with you as well. Your drawings are exquisite. Stay in touch.

Karen: Thanks! You would have loved the FL Horse Park. A lady on a huge Freisien came by my booth and I thought of you and your plein air horse paintings!