When roomie left today I reminded her I had a 2 o'clock appointment downtown. She said, "Good for you." And I didn't know why until she reminded me of how much I enjoy that area. It wasn't until then that it occurred to me that when I leave the house today, I need to do so wearing "both my hats." The one for "web chick" and the other for "jewelry designer."
It's not acceptable to walk into a gallery or shop and ask to show your "stuff' to the owner. It's quite acceptable, however, to walk around and finally locate those places people have been telling you about for so long. "You've got to have your stuff in this place. It's so you!!!" Meanwhile, a couple of them I haven't ever even been inside. Might not be real sure about where they even are.
Now, true, it's a holiday and many times galleries aren't open on Mondays. But I'm betting at least a few shops will be. And if not, I can still walk by and make a few notes...remind myself where everything is and who I need to approach later on this week.
Because it's time for me to start getting my jewelry out there into some new venues. Might as well use my time - and gas - most efficiently!
Okay, so you'll know: much of downtown was dead. Even the first two we tried to meet were closed. And between that and the not-quite-ready-for-it-heat that day, I just didn't bother. But lest I leave the impression that I'm not going to pursue getting my work in some new places, don't be alarmed. I'm just researching "the modern way." I'm going to their websites and doing my background homework. Submission Forms? Fill 'em out. Need pictures! Get some printed. So it's going to take a while to compile the "homework" but I'm game. No doubt I'll tell you more about it later.
Of course now I'm all inspired to make some new pieces. Something about saying you want to submit your work to a new gallery seems to take the stakes to a slightly higher level, I suppose...