Outdoor Art Show with rainy day!
Tropical Storm Ophelia is set to affect Long Island this weekend, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The art show was held in these adverse weather conditions. This is because it was a show that took place regardless of whether it rained or the sun shined. The registration fee will not be refunded even if it rains. If it just rains, you have to sell the painting even in those conditions. In some ways, this seems similar to the life of an artist. No one cares about our situation. We just have to hold on and find our own way as artists.
Artists must find their own way. Therefore, an independent person must become an artist. Otherwise, it would be difficult for him to make a living. Anyway, we had to set up the booth under these conditions. From early in the morning, we worked hard to set the table perfectly. I took care to keep the paintings from blowing away in the wind and tried not to get them wet in the rain.
This exhibition was a show showcasing the works of two students I raised, Olivia and Cindy. I also placed the two students' accessories and picture. It would have been nice if the table had been much bigger, but I still wanted to share my career with my students and climb the first step of the stairs with the intention of giving them a better experience as a professional artist.
The show opened at 10 a.m. and almost no people came to see it until 2 o'clock. It turned out that the weather was such that there was even a warning to avoid going outside as much as possible. Exhibitor looked outside and sighed. The rain was pouring down and the wind was blowing. The standing paintings fell over several times, and the sound of paintings and props flying here and there was heard. The clouds were thick and it was so dark that you had to carry a flashlight to see. Is it really possible to sell a painting under these circumstances?
In this situation, one experience came to mind. When I was exhibiting at a local gallery, there was a pandemic and strong winds caused a tree to fall and block the gallery entrance. However, despite the adverse circumstances, a woman bought my painting. I was very surprised to hear this from the curator, and I started drawing even harder after that. Because it was for this one woman. If you love painting and art so much, under these conditions, would you come out to buy paintings instead of buying bread? I always try to remember the beautiful and clear mind of such a painting lover. And no matter how bad the weather was, I didn't worry too much from then on. Because I would be happy to meet just one person like that. Even under these adverse conditions, I set up the table and laid out the paintings for that one person.
The customers who bought the painting today will be people I will remember for a long time. The lady who bought the Johnson Beach painting below visited my booth during the windiest time. She told me that she grew up here and had many memories. I love art shows where I can talk directly with customers.
And the memorable lady looked at the picture below and picked and bought it as if appreciating a beautiful flower. I remember her eyes shining so beautifully.
I also remember the person who visited just before the end when the wind and rain was pouring down like crazy. It was a day when the meeting between the artist who sold a painting while it was raining and windy and the customer who came through the wind and rain to buy it felt like a miracle. It was a day that warmed my heart only because of my love for paintings and art. The weather is not good tomorrow as well, but I will try to finish well like a person enjoying a festival.
Myungja Anna Koh