APR 29 2013
This weekend was the first exposure I had to what is called a gallery/studio tour. It was, by and large, interesting and added to my data about how things work or semi-work in my local arts community. The hours of the tour were 11 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday I arrived just after 1 pm with my Android tablet upon which I had loaded my most current images. I only have one piece in the tour show and unlike the resident artists, I couldn't give anyone more than a two-minute tour to my one hanging work. :) The Nextbook tablet works great for showing folks my work, BTW. It is a 9" tablet with a nice hi-rez screen. It runs on Icecream Sandwich and is easily connectable to my Windows PC.
There were a few guests wandering around when I arrived plus the usual quota of resident gallery artists. There was also a 'guest' artist who had one photo in the current tour exhibit in attendance. He had found a spot in the back area, near one of the resident ladies. He had a photo book plus keychains and earrings for sale. The lady sharing her space with him was painting on a large landscape when I arrived.
The tour traffic was sporadic throughout the time alloted. People usually arrived in small clumps. We had a nice lady out front with a Yamaha keyboard playing live though somewhat subdued versions of some classic tunes. She was nice and friendly, certainly a positive addition to the ambience of the occasion.
I did get the opportunity to show several folks my hanging work plus images on the tablet. Awhile back I had printed up several business cards and I gave them these as well.
The music lady who arrived at two, played until five upon which time I helped her load her equipment into her vehicle. I found out that she was 5th grade teacher at some local school who also plays music locally. I'm purposely not revealing any names, BTW, partly because I don't remember her's.
I brought my digital camera as well as the tablet and took something in the neighborhood of 50 snaps during the course of the event. Over the past several exhibits I had not noticed anyone recording them for websites/posterity, so I picked up a nice thin 16-megapixel camera with 5-times optical zoom. It's a Samsung, model DV300F. It uses a Micro SD card which can be picked up cheaply these days.
Usually the organizers tell us if they need refreshments of any kind, but I'd received no e-mail to this end and so arrived empty-handed----well, save for my tablet and camera. :) I had luckily eaten lunch at home before my arrival, so I was not hungry. I did not partake of the drinks or food that was set out on the table up front. I figured they needed to last the afternoon for the tour folks.
By and large, it was an enjoyable afternoon. I got to know the resident artists a little better and though I'd probably been happier home doing some work, it at least got me out of the house and into a venue that I'm interested in.
Sunday I arrived a little later---just after 2 pm which was when the music was scheduled to begin. I brought some liquid refreshment this time. Today we had an acoustic guitarist/singer who played old standards plus some original songs. He was quite good and personable. I enjoyed his set.
I am glad to say that attendance Sunday surpassed that of the previous day and the resident artists seemed more relaxed than they had Saturday. Though one lady who had had surgery a few days before, did not return on Sunday.
Anyway, that's an abbreviated overview of what occurred over the weekend. The Mexican photographer with the keyrings, book, etc., suggested that I send him some jpgs of my work so the next time he's in Mexico he can have earrings made up with some my images. I might just take him up on that. :)