She wasn’t expecting much.
When the opportunity to show at the public library arose, Sherrie York said Yes. But not because she thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime. It was, after all, a library and libraries aren’t known for showing art.
Sherrie said Yes because she is seeking fresh exhibit opportunities, and this was a new venue. She embraced the space.
Imagine her surprise when the library system selected Sherrie as their featured artist for February. As a result, her work is highlighted in their district-wide newsletter and is the subject of a 5-minute spot on their local TV show.
The library produced a handsome video for the TV show, which Sherrie can use to promote her art. She’s already started sharing it, and I’m sure she would want for you to see it, too.
Sherrie says the moral of the story is “You just never know.” You never know when a seemingly insignificant event will turn into much more.
I urge you to follow Sherrie’s example and get your art out in the world at whatever cost. It does you no good sitting around your studio.
People want to see your art, and you need for people to see it. You need the fuel provided by the dialogue and interaction people have with your art and with you.
Don’t wait around for the perfect gallery. Go! Find a space! Embrace it! Don’t worry about expectations. Just get your art out in the world.
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How are you taking the initiative? What are you doing to get your art out of the studio and in front of people?