Monday, November 12, 2012
The studio space looks so wonderful this year, as part of EAST. It's been a great tour and the work looks fantastic. We've sold a lot of paintings so far and the buzz is just building and building. We were talking last night about how we're now trying to get the momentum to continue-how we're going to continue with this fantastic group and really grow what we have raised organically. We want to take encaustic art to the next level. We want to showcase Austin and the surrounding areas as a "hotbed" (please excuse the pun) of encaustic activity. We want to start to professionalize the artwork here and help put Austin on the map of the art world. We want (we're starting to actually!) the outside world to know more about what's going on in Austin and to share the fantastic artwork that's happening in Austin with the rest of the outside world. And, let me tell you, we've got plans to do that. Big plans. Big, big plans. Phew!
These two weekends in November bring 30,000 people to the art spaces over at Bolm Road. That's 30,000 fans, tons of family, lots of little kits and many pets. While we love that, we love all of that, we need to start talking about doing more. We need to go "big time" in a big way, and I can hardly wait to help make it all happen. I want to see Austin sprout up as an encaustic center. I want to see artwork from Austin being taken more seriously. I want to see some artists from Austin start to really "make it" in the art world. And it's going to happen, really it is, I just know it. You can almost feel it.
I feel now a bit like a mountain climber must feel at the start of a ascent. I've got the gear, I've got the goods, I've got the guts, now all I have to do is make the climb.
Until next time...