Sharing My Work

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I love sharing my work with others. What I don’t love is paying $30-40 and having someone say “no thank you” with no explanation whatsoever. I don’t have a solution to this problem. But I think for $30-40, a short explanation of rejection should be included. Yes, I’ve heard all the explanations of why a piece might be rejected. I know that the more you enter your work, the higher the chance that it will eventually be accepted. But $30-40 is a lot of money. Children are dying of hunger and thirst every day, and I do mean this literally. It is something that concerns me. And selfishly spending $30-40 in the hopes that an unnamed stranger might like my work and accept it into their show is not something that I enjoy doing on a regular basis.

 

Here’s an interesting story about that. Last fall I entered a rug into the big rug hooking contest, Celebrations. One of my instructors felt that it had a very good chance of being accepted. A few weeks ago I realized that I had never heard from them pro or con. So I started investigating. And the question I asked was, “I would like to know if my rug was viewed.” Lo and behold, my $35 entry fee went through just fine. But the rug images never made it to the judges. Now, in all fairness, I have to give kudos to the woman I was corresponding with. She could have just brushed my concern aside. But she was honest, investigated what had happened, and was very apologetic about the whole situation.

 

Anyway, all that leaves me with still wanting to share my work with others. Recently, I showed a couple of the pieces in the “what they said” series to my pastor’s wife to see if there would be any interest in sharing them at my church. She was most enthusiastic, and I ended up displaying them for Easter weekend. I really loved sharing them with others. If anyone has a church that would like to have a display of any of my quilts, I would love to share them.

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Back story on these pieces. I always intended to mount them on cradled panel boards. I tried staining the boards, but I didn’t like that look. So I decided to paint them black. I was so careful. They were propped EVERYWHERE in my little wet studio (there are 18 pieces in this series!) I let them dry for several days, and then carefully brought them into my regular studio to mount the quilts on them. 10 of them had little bits of paint that chipped off! Back out to the studio for touch-ups. I shared a few of them with Teresa, the coordinator for the Oak Hills gallery, and she said they needed mounting hardware. Okay then. Ordered that from Amazon, and had a morning of adding little screws and wire to the back of each one. I kind of resented doing this, but I have to admit that it made hanging them extremely easy 🙂

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After sharing them with my church, Grace Fellowship, in Jackson for a few weeks, they will go to Oak Hills Church in Folsom, and will be there from May 14 through June 18. If any of you are in the area, there will be an artist’s reception on Friday, May 19, from 7pm to 8:30pm. I’d love to see you!

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7 thoughts on “Sharing My Work

  1. Framing is often the hardest part for an artist – it’s like, you created the piece and now you have to figure out how to hang/frame it too? The black sets off your work really nicely, so that was a great decision.

    And yeah, paying that much money just to enter a show seems high. I know that we didn’t have an entry fee unless your work was accepted, when I worked at the Art’s Council – and that was just for general shows. Of course, an artist with an entire show didn’t pay anything.

    • I just think that artists should insist on more accountability. A show should have to list the judges and the jurors. Many times the jurors are never named. Of course, I was the same way about the nurses’ union. I fought them all the time, and tried to make them account for all the millions that they collected. They loved pointing out how much money nursing administrators made, but they never accounted for how the money they collected (without individual consent) was spent. Okay, off soap box. Geesh, I’ve been retired for 6 years 🙂

      • I too wish I could have an answer as to why it was rejected. A simple check list used by all would be great. It even could have an “other” category which could be filled in.

  2. I hope that after finding out your images never made it before the judges, you were given a full refund. I so enjoy your posts. Having people taking your money and having complete strangers tell you it will or won’t be accepted with no reason provided is scary to me. Everyone has different ideas as to what they like and don’t like. How are you to know? I’m saddened that an old fashion art such as quilting has turned into a money maker where most of us can’t afford. I quilt for the love of quilting and the comfort it brings me. I know you do also.

    • I should have included that. Yes, they gave me a full refund, and also offered me a free entry fee for next year’s contest! And yes, everyone has different ideas about not only what they like, but about what is art and what is quilt art. If they would provide you with the names of the jurors, at least you would be able to investigate what their preferences are.

  3. So glad to see the last comment that you got your $$$ back. Do not give up on having your work displayed. Your work carries such beautiful messages for us all.

    I was happy to see your blog today as it’s been a while since you posted. I love that you share your quilting and gardening “life” with us. HUGS for you. mickie

  4. I like your honesty about this issue. I’ve never entered any quilt in a ‘competition’ other than the adult division of 4-H at our county fair. No fee there, and I even rec’d a few Blue Ribbons. It was fun.

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