Tour des Artistes.....what happened

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Posted by maxx on September 15, 2002 at 16:22:03:

Well, first I say that Kari is a total trooper. Next I say this was
an event that the general public just didn't come to. We set up on
the side of a big ol' studio, belonging to Joseph Giri, who is one
kick ass muralist and sculptor. I have a big green restaurant
umbrella, some pretty fabrics and Kari brought a table for the sign
and design books. Also the cd player(which cranked some kickin tunes,
thanx forum people). We were in front of Lee, photographer,jewelry
maker and weaver. Behind Lee was the Raku firing and exhibits of
painting sculpture etc. We sidewalk chalked a celestial Welcome out
front, because except for one of Joseph's murals, this place was
bleak, and not very noticeable from the street. We had two, 2, two!
clients all day. Lee behind us sold one, 1! piece of jewelry all day.
And to me, at that. So, dissappointing from a business angle.
But! there were attendees...lots of other artists! I love people who
can't keep from creating. The women doing the still my
beating heart...strong, beautiful and totally comfortable with power
tools, grime and the 9 kids they had there. They were also sisters
who collaborated on near photorealistic painting done with..Tea.
Amazing women. Joseph Giri, it turns out is responsible for about
half of my most beloved public art in Long Beach, and was thoroughly
generous in giving me mural pointers. Lee shared with me many tips on
permits, stall prices at some local venues, and weaving-which has
Always fascinated me(the last name I was born to is Weaver-go
figger). The lady I was happy to henna was one of the artists, and
what a frikkin cut up! She had me Laughing Hard and still managed to
hold perfectly still while I put a CCJ snake(Rom) across her bosom.
So really I had A Wonderful Time. If I was a huckster?carny? I don't
know the term...if I was capable comfortably of 'working the crowd'
there probably would've been more biz. But it's not in me, feels like
manipulation in the ugly sense. I feel most sad that Kari didn't get
to see a throng of excited adoring eager henna recipients.
What I learned: a moveable sandwich board would have been a boon, for
getting seen from the street, as well as for foot traffic diversion.
A friend of mine came later in the day to do hair wraps, and brought
a cheesy cardboard sign. Ummm...ugh. Next time I will say no to
putting it on the table. This was her first time ever trying it for
money, so maybe she learned,too. I learned I need alot more fabrics
and pillows. Looking at the folding metal chairs bummed me out as far
as ambience, tho I draped 'em with scarves . I learned that I will
bring sidewalk chalk every time every place..instant festival
atmosphere, if it's lacking. I learned to bring extra deodorant if I
am wearing rayon in the sun. Small things. And I learned it's much
much easier, even w/ no biz, to have one other person to henna with.
So that's it. peace to all, and to all a good night


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