Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On Cloud Nine!

I just returned from collecting the work I had taken to the Minnetonka Center for the Arts "Arts of the Holidays" show and sale.  This is the first time I have entered this juried show, and I was pleased to get in.  The Center is in a beautiful location, just steps away from Smith's Bay on Lake Minnetonka.

The opening night was elegant and very well attended, and I heard lots of great things about my work while I stood there and smiled, but in the two + hours I was there, none of my work sold.  I thought, "Ah, well, maybe not the right clientele..." and I didn't have high hopes when I walked in today.

The outcome was beyond my wildest expectations.  First, three of the four pieces I created for the show sold, so I must have had my finger on the right pulse after all!
Jasper Tear in Dark Gold Set created for the MCA Holiday Show - SOLD

Jasper Pendant and Earring Set created for the MCA Holiday Show - SOLD

Rocky Butte Jasper Pendant and Earring Set created for the MCA Holiday Show -SOLD

 Then, some of my personal favorites sold!  I find it's always the work I know to be my best that people buy.  (I have a blog post begun about how to know when to stop working and rethink, when something is not making you drool as you finish it.  Gotta finish that one day!)  Anyhow, I said good-bye to these as well!
Amazon Jabot Necklace and Earrings Set - SOLD
Pepper Profusion Necklace and Earrings Set - SOLD
Aqua Frost Necklace - SOLD

Emerald Enigma Necklace and Earrings Set - SOLD
Bermuda Triangle Necklace and Earring Set - SOLD
And one of the best things is, this gallery takes a VERY artist-friendly percentage of the proceeds.  I have to write a heartfelt thank you note to the wonderful Bob Bowman, who was kind enough to feature my work front and center in the gallery show. I feel as though I was treated very well!  And maybe I will see about the possibility of having a few things in the gallery gift shop this year.  Positive feedback feels great, and I am now inspired to pick up my needle.  I can't wait until I can get back to my beads!

15 comments:

  1. Wonderful news Marsha, they all are simply beautiful. I am so happy for you.

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  2. Marsha, how stupendously fabulous!!!! I am so happy for you!!!! And so sad - I have been drooling over Amazon Jabot forever, and now I'll never have it!! I can't wait until you get back to your beads, either!!!! Congratulations!

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  3. Thanks so much ladies. I am ready to do a little happy dancing!

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  4. That's so great! I wish the big art center here was as enthusiastic about bead weaving. Congratulations on all the well deserved sales!

    Patricia C Vener
    http://vener-art.com/beadblog/

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  5. That is a wonderful story, Marsha. I'm so happy for you. It's such a good feeling when you're rewarded for your hard work. Can't wait to see the next creations you design!! BTW, I LOVE that aqua frost. Beautiful!
    Congrats, you deserve it!

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  6. Marsha, CONGRATS! That is so exciting. Your work is gorgeous. :)

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  7. Wow how fantastic! Well done!

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  8. I'm definitely not surprised to see that so many of your pieces sold, Marsha! I'm one of your biggest fans; I love your work!!!
    Hugs,
    Chris :D (ArtMasquerading on etsy)

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  9. Thanks so much ladies and thank you to the Minnetonka Center for the Arts as well.

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  10. Congratulations! That's so wonderful!

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  11. Congratulations on your sales, Marsha! All of your pieces are gorgeous; not surprised you did so well!

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  12. Congratulation...your works are beautifully executed and designed! May you have a wonderful 2011!

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  13. Thank you for being such a wonderful blogger. I received this award from a blogger who thought I was doing a good job, and now I am passing it on to you. Please read about it and pass it along to those who you think are wonderful too! ~KM

    http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/2011/03/fabulous-friday.html

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  14. All beautiful Works^_^
    However my fav is Amazon Jabot Necklace and Earrings Set

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