We are going to get an early start to our 2018 show season in March, even though I think we will be playing fewer shows in the upcoming few years. Like lots of people we are going to online sales rather than brick and mortar stores, in our case, ….show venues.
Hoping that this season we can all take it a bit slower at the shows. I always say that you can tell what people are made of by the way they pack up or leave a show. Dan and I like to say that we are turtle people. Nothing is going to make us move faster so its best to just leave us be. I’m moving as fast as I want to.
Last year at an upscale show the usual ‘witching hour’ as I like to call it began. The end of the show where this glazed look comes over the eyes of artists and they are on a tear to get out of the show. We pack up slowly. I have glass to consider and I am not all about the mad dash out.
We are all packed and Dan went to get the Ford Transit Connect. I hear this crunching sound of glass. Another artist has plowed through low hanging branches on an evergreen and without a clear visual range was in seconds on top of our glass display cases. Fortunately he wasn’t driving fast or that would have been a total wipeout. The artist next to us, another high end jeweler, was yelling at him to stop. The artist in the van didn’t even realize he was on top of our packed displays. No work was damaged. Only display cabinets.
The artists were genuinely sorry and did pay us for the damages. We had to have the glass replaced in the display and the framing. This is not a tragedy. I only wish we could all be more zen in our movements. Situational awareness is important. We are out here with each other my friends. Slow down Zippy. You will get there eventually.