Outdoor Art Show Second Day with Tropical Storm Ophelia.
Today is the last day of the outdoor art show of . It was still raining heavily and windy today. There were also areas where tents were damaged due to the effects of a tropical storm Ophelia. I could hear the sound of something falling and rolling here and there from the strong wind. There was so much water on the floor that it was difficult to walk without wearing boots. Today I wore boots and was fully armed for the weather.
If the weather was good, the road would sparkle with bright sunlight, but now it is flooded with water, and the sky is overcast, making the surrounding area as dark as evening. Everyone was seen wearing raincoats and moving around busily. Here and there, companies were seen withdrawing their tents or moving to other locations because their tents were damaged.
What would it have been like if the weather had been nice? I thought about this for a while. But I know it well. Even in these harsh environments, art lovers come to look around the booth and buy paintings with their eyes sparkling beautifully. I also know that the beauty of their pure eyes is more beautiful than my painting. And every year I prepare an art show because I want to feel their soul.
I took a video to see how hard it was raining. Rain was flowing down the tent.
Still, despite this weather, the artists did not give up and set up booths and exhibited their works. When I attend art shows, I usually use the long tables under the big tent. Of course, there are companies and artists who bring their own tents and set them up in places where people can easily see them. Although the participation fee is higher, this is also a good idea because it gives them more exposure to collectors and customers. But I like booths where everyone is gathered in a tent. Here, I can meet artists who draw and love art, see them in person, and talk to them.
And there are certain things I learn when I look at them. And after the art show is over, I can learn what attitude I should have as an artist and what I should work harder on. This helps me grow further as an great artist.
Two artists stood out to me at this art show. One is an artist, Vicky Kowalczyk who creates amazing Mandalas by carefully placing acrylic dots on large, round wooden boards, one by one. With her intense concentration, she turned the board and stamped dots on the circle one by one. Her work has a mystique that makes the viewer feel as if it is leading to another dimension, spinning from the center of a large circle to the outside.
Most of all, I loved the large Mandela she had placed outside the table. I could definitely feel the strong energy from Mandela.
Another artist, Kathleen Deyo exhibited with beautifully colored scarves and paintings. One of her paintings, "Black Angel", caught my eye and I visited her website to see her paintings in more detail.
I thought that her paintings told a story like reading a children's book, so I was drawn to their specialness and looked up her website. I think I found the answer by looking at the picture below. She probably wanted to tell stories from the lives of ordinary people.
Meeting people who share your passion for art can be incredibly rewarding, as it provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who understand the value and importance of art in our lives.
Art shows often serve as a reminder that art has the power to bring people together, spark conversations, and evoke emotions regardless of the external conditions. It's a testament to the enduring appeal of art and its ability to unite individuals who appreciate its significance.
I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who showed incredible resilience by braving the rain and wind to visit my booth in art show. Your presence, support, and enthusiasm meant the world to me and my students. Your willingness to explore our art, purchase my paintings, and share words of encouragement warmed our hearts on that otherwise dreary day. Your support is not only a testament to your love for art but also a source of inspiration for us to continue pursuing our passion. Thank you for making our art show a memorable and meaningful experience. Your generosity and support will forever be cherished.
Myungja Anna Koh