I have my exhibition for the Fortescue Festival at Newman all setup and ready to open in the morning. I have divided the exhibition into two sections. Reg’s stock of teddy bears and lucky dips designed to appeal to the children and my own exhibition of some original oil and water colour paintings and the reproductions of these works as art fridge magnets, art post cards, small art prints, art cards and art book marks.
Given the difficulty of setting up this exhibition while feeling the effects of being one week in with a dose of the flu, I am seriously considering traveling next year without doing these retail exhibitions, my work still sells, just via different venues.
The thing is Reg, and I have become accepted as part of this ‘show run, ’ and we love the friendships we have made with the other retailers.
I also enjoy a little retail therapy at these shows. I like to purchase from my fellow traders, both to support my friends and because the quality at these events is usually of the high standard and very competitive pricing, compared with bricks and mortar stores.
The trader alongside us, sells beautiful leather goods, ‘Rugged Luxury’ and he gave me a three litre cask of red wine as a gift, now maybe a glass of red, to help get me off to sleep, right now. A couple of glasses of the red, while packing up the show tomorrow, will be the best flu fix of the lot and by the time this flu has worn off, I will have forgotten how hard it was to set this show up, while feeling under the weather.
Well, that’s retail and self-employment (hobby business), for you. Ups-n-downs but the pleasures and friendships surpass the downturns and inconveniences. My friends in the ‘show run’, are beautiful people and ethical traders, they are hard working people I admire greatly.
Happy Creativity, Ryn.
Annual Fortescue Festival
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