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Revisiting A Goal

Over the past two years I have made a conscious effort to show my work publicly. While I have focused on national shows, I’ve also entered local shows. Ironically, I’ve had greater success with the latter. Right now the three pieces shown below are in a local juried art show.

“Disco Woks”
“Dark and Deep”
“Let The Mystery Be”

By my calculations my work has had roughly 50 percent success in being selected. I’ve entered quilt, fiber, and all art media shows. For some shows I realized after the fact my work was totally outclassed. I’m looking at you, Excellence in Fibers. For others, once I saw the work selected I decided my work simply didn’t fit what the juror was looking for.

To enter juried (and most other) shows, you need to fill out an application and pay an entry fee. Since selection is based on digital photos, you need to submit photos that do justice to your work. Shows that produce catalogs use the images you submit, so they have to be high quality ones.

As you probably have figured out, the costs begin to add up. Professional photography fees can run $30 to $50 per piece. Entry fees can range from $15 to $50, though often you can submit up to three entries for the higher fee. If your work is selected, you need to pay shipping costs to and from the venue, unless it’s close enough to drive to. Many shows specify you can’t use USPS, a cheaper alternative to UPS and FedEx. Total shipping to and from the last show my work was in came to $55. Recently I saw a call for entry with a $20 handling fee for unpacking and repacking your work.

The cost is worth it if your piece sells or if the show helps increase name recognition for your teaching or work. Since I don’t teach and have made no organized effort to sell my work, the calculus is different for me.

In 2020 I plan to enter fewer shows. That’s partly because some of my work is aging out. Many shows specify work has to have been made in the past three years. Right now that’s 2018, 2019, or 2020. Another reason is that much of what I’m creating right now doesn’t have show potential. I’m trying different materials and creating small pieces. Shows like big work, and often have a minimum size requirement.

I’ll see if my mind gets changed by the SAQA seminar I’ve signed up for called “Your Professional Toolkit.” It will cover exhibiting your art as one of six topics. Stay tuned.

I’m linking to Off The Wall Fridays.

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October Is Quilt Show Season

In parts of the country where winter makes its presence felt, spring and fall are the times to hold quilt shows. Northeast Ohio’s most recent and newest show was held October 17 and 18. The Mutton Hill Quilt Show was actually three shows in one: heirloom quilts, a Quilt National traveling show exhibit, and a judged quilt show.

I showed you my heirloom favorites, so it’s time for my judged show faves. Some won ribbons, some didn’t. I didn’t have a chance to photograph all my favorites. I kept stopping to chat with people I knew or who knew me.

Yummy Fruit, Felice Troutman, second place small duet

Yummy Fruit, Felice Troutman, second place small duet

Eat Your Veggies, Felice Troutman, 1st place small duet

Eat Your Veggies, Felice Troutman, 1st place small duet

Two quilts by the same person with wonderful embroidery of fruits and vegetables. The asparagus spears are works of art. (Note: patterns for these are available.)

Rainy Day, Carolyn Coleman, 2nd place Pictorial

Rainy Day, Carolyn Coleman, 2nd place Pictorial

Carolyn describes the process she used to create this quilt on Indigo Stitches, her blog.

Tumbleweed, Kathy Kreiger, 2nd place medium duet

Tumbleweed, Kathy Kreiger, 2nd place medium duet

There were lots of quilts made from Judy Niemeyer patterns at the show, but this one had the best color scheme. Note the gradation from darker in the upper right corner to lighter in the lower left corner.

Silhouettes, Christine Allchin, second place small applique

Silhouettes, Christine Allchin, second place small applique

Christine hand appliqued and quilted this.

Ace on Sax, Lisa Berris, 1st place Pictorial

Ace on Sax, Lisa Berris, 1st place Pictorial

This guy has great hair.

Poppies and Butterflies, Renata Yochum, 1st place large applique

Poppies and Butterflies, Renata Yochum, 1st place large applique

Beautiful detail from this large quilt. It reminded me of the hooked wool rugs in my parents’ old bedroom.

Morning - 4th of July, Paula Wedig

Morning – 4th of July, Paula Wedig

Nice variation of a flag quilt.

Lexies Hexies, Carol Williams

Lexies Hexies, Carol Williams

I just love the colors in this quilt made for a granddaughter.

Sunflower Obsession, Karen Miller

Sunflower Obsession, Karen Miller

I like the little pinwheels and the quilting.

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