Last night was the Winter Lights Art Auction held at the Westfield Athenaeum.
I had a wonderful time and was glad to donate my art to help with the lighting fund for Downtown Westfield. It was a wonderful chance to meet a number of other artists, business owners and members of the community. Going to social functions like this has never been my favorite thing, as I often feel awkward.
Just in time, Alyson Stanfield, posted Mingling at holiday parties and/or art openings, which is full of good advice on how to get through such occasions. I found myself involved in a number of conversations that helped me identify areas that need a little more attention, some goals that I wish to work on and some inspiration for things to try in my own artwork.
Reading all the artist statements was quite an eye opener. I felt quite honored to be included in a show with a number of these artists. My own artist statement needs some work, but nearly as much as I feared.
One of the biggest surprises, was in how many artists are interested in social media, and online networking, but do not know where to start. My having a blog started a number of conversations about this, and many people expressed a frustration with trying to understand it all. I may start including the “how to” for my online presence. I may not be the best, but as one woman said last night, at least I can explain it from an artist’s perspective. Lots of things to think about.