It was a breezy day and I marveled at how few things were bothered. I thought the wind must be blowing through at just the right angle. It got a bit windier as the day went on and it shifted. By two o'clock the big display easel pictured to the left made like a bad sail and fell on it's face.
Although this was unfortunate and basically ended my day an hour early, it really happened in the best possible way. First and most importantly, no one was hurt by it. Only one thing had glass (which broke) but it was just words. All the artwork and the display stand were undamaged, but the frames on the artwork were badly dinged, and I let that annoy me a bit too much. I had no one to blame but myself for not being properly prepared for wind. Aaargh!
I wasn't there at the time it happened because I 'd gone to buy some produce. So my neighbor and the market manager cleaned up the glass and straightened the area before I even got back. Wow, I'm glad I'm writing this so I can see how fortunate I really am!
Because it happened at the end of the day, and I was tired, and one of my friends that I had hoped could see my work got to see the shambles instead, so I was cranky. It threatened to ruin an otherwise lovely day. Now that I've written about it, it doesn't seem so bad.
I wish I had taken more pictures because the Market was as full as I have ever seen it, with vendors and attendees. The market manager set up a canopy for me so I got to be in the shade, and when I bought lunch, the vender gave me special goodies because I was an exhibiting artist! I got to visit with many people that I knew and folks I didn't know stopped by and talked with me and I enjoy that part the very most.
My dear artist friend, Janet Devaney brought her artwork and we were set up right next to each other. I realized that the first time I showed my Diamond Lane paintings was the exhibit that Janet and I had together at the Geo Gallery in 2010. Here we were together again! That made the day extra special.
Set up across from me was David Abhari who makes the most fascinating sculptures from plants and tree parts. He intricately modifies each and every component until it looks different but as if it were formed naturally then he paints or finishes the pieces and puts them together. They become his unique creations. His Dream Woods.
We were discussing the need that motivates us to make art even though we have so much already in stacks and closets. We both agreed that we have to do it for our own well being or else we go a little nuts. He said that he never feels better than when he is working on a new piece, and then what he said was so profound and resonates so beautifully with me. He said, "The curiosity drives me. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished."
It is those moments of connection, and the feeling of community that are the best of the NoHo Market. It is those moments that will make me figure out how to weight my displays, and go again.