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Hanging out…

Timgoss. Art Posted: august 3, 2019 / Modified: august 3, 2019
Hanging out…
I was in a frame shop recently to have a piece framed for an art show. I was having a hard time deciding between three choices of molding for the frame. I kept experimenting with different fillet and mats for each molding. I was really struggling to find that elusive look I wanted for the piece. While I was doing this I attracted a few people who were curious. They would come over and inquire about the artwork. I love to talk about anything art, especially my artwork. So I answered questions for those interested. I handed out some business cards. At one point a young girl about 12 came up and we had a long talk about becoming an artist. I gave her a few ideas about techniques to try and she was thrilled.
Eventually I picked what I hoped was a winning look for the piece and completed my order. I went home feeling very good about my choice and the fact that I got to talk about art with some interested folks. It was a good day all around.
A few days later I received an e-mail from the little girls mother. She thanked me for spending some time encouraging her daughter. It really meant a lot to her that I would take the time to answer all her questions. It turns out her daughter had just gotten out of the hospital from a long stay and was very depressed. She said that her daughter smiled all the way home from the frame shop. It had been a while since she had seen her daughter smile. I was very humbled by the story. She asked me if I gave lessons. I don't give recurring lessons, I usually do paid workshops with a hefty price tag. But for some reason I said that I did give lessons. She inquired about the price and where I gave them. I had no good answer. After all I didn't give lessons. My studio is very modest and there is barely enough space. All I could say was that I am looking for a space to give lessons and that until I find something I wasn't doing them right now. She said that I could possibly give lessons at a space in her church. I said I would check on that possibility.
I eventually did contact the church and was granted permission to use a room there at the church to give some lessons. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. It lead me to conduct a series of lessons and (inexpensive) workshops at small towns in my region that have very little to no access to the arts. I would do a workshop or give some lessons at churches, libraries, or town halls for whoever wanted to show up. It has allowed me to spread the benefits of studying the fine arts to communities that would not have had them otherwise. And all because of a'Good day'at a frame shop.
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