There’s an old saying that goes something like this:
You don’t know what you don’t know until you know.
Today was a day like that. And, no, we’re not going camping! It’s just that next Sunday, the 27th, I’m doing my first outdoor artist market, known as the Bizarre Bazaar.
Trust me when I tell you that such an adventure involves a lot of things that I didn’t know I don’t know.
Never mind that there’s paint drying all over the house. I thought figuring out which tent to invest in was a big project. Turns out the trial run of putting it up was an even bigger adventure which had me longing for the good old days when things came with pictures and instructions!
Thank goodness for the Legendary Eagle Scout. (Though apparently this is not the kind of tent Bill remembers from back in the day!)
I’m just glad for a cool, sunny day and the kind friend who loaned me a box of tent weights.
We never quite got the thing that raises the center of the frame figured out but made it far enough to fold the whole contraption back up and stash it in my car until we can take it to the marvelous storage room where my classroom is, conveniently located across the street from said bazaar. A step stool is going, too!
One of our favorite servers at the Corner Pub was kind enough to give me some marketing advice over lunch. A couple of other friends have answered endless questions and filled in the things I didn’t know to ask. And huge thanks to the buddy who’s coming to help during the big event.
Apparently it takes a village to make an artist!
We have easy plans for dinner this week. There’s more painting to do!
And information sheets about upcoming workshops and commission work to create. And rope or bungie cords to get for hanging the very cool banner another dear friend made appear. And wires to put on original canvases. I wish our girls could be here!
My friends at Amazon are supposed to show up still today with necessities like chairs and table cloths and pumpkin leaves. (Again, who knew?)
All the while, I’m busy reminding myself of something I once learned in a workshop on hypnotherapy. The feeling we call nervous and the one we call excited are exactly the same, physiologically. How we experience them is simply a matter of context and interpretation. I’m going with excited!
If you live in the Atlanta vicinity, I hope you’ll come join the fun. Lot’s of cool local art, interesting people, and a great chance to get a jump on holiday shopping! There might even be dots to make!!!
The bazaar will be from noon – 6pm, on the 27th, in the parking lot of The Beer Growler (and along the side street) at 38A N. Avondale Rd. Avondale Estates, GA 30002
If you’re not close by, you can join the fun by visiting my online shop, here.
And one more thing… if you’d cross your fingers or make some prayer dots that I won’t need my cool purple rain boots, I’d be grateful. Original canvases and rain, not so much… though I’m thrilled after a whole day of rain yesterday!