Well, I’m doing it again. I’ve entered as an artist in the upcoming St Paul Art Crawl, next Fri, Sat and Sun, Oct 8th, 9th and 10th. What was I thinking?
I’ve got my little houses to sell and my cards. No problem there. But I wanted to have some new stuff and that takes time and patience. Shouldn’t be a problem, but I’m the type of person who dislikes to be pushed. “Disliked” is too diplomatic. I get cranky, snippy and begin cussing under my breath. From time to time my words become all too audible before I go back to muttering. Not exactly the picture of a happy-go-lucky artist working away.
Here’s a picture of me looking relieved at the reception for The Art of Mentoring exhibit. (See my little house, to the right of me, on the shelf?) The work is done. That’s the reason for the grin.
Which is not to say I don’t have times when I’m thoroughly in the moment or so far beyond it that the hour doesn’t even register. That happens fairly frequently. It’s wonderful! I am lost in bliss and it’s the reason I always go back to art. It takes me out of myself in a very Zen-like way. But not when I’m feeling rushed. (To be fair, I should include a picture of me when I’m fuming and frustrated. Lucky for you, I don’t have one.)
This is a photograph of the outside of the Rossmor Building in downtown St Paul, where I’ll be exhibiting. It was built in 1916 as the Foot Schulez & Co. Bldg, a shoe and boot manufacturer and now has condos and lofts available. The lighting is very good here. I’m on the fourth floor, in the hallway, and have southern windows brightening my space.
There’ll be music at the Rossmor! Stella for Stars will play the lobby Friday night between 6:30 and 8:00 pm. Nathan Eliot Rowan will play the lobby Friday night, 8-10 pm. Tortuga! will play Friday night in studio 508, 8-10 pm. Tortuga! is a four-piece experimental jazz electra combo with original music by P.J. Tracy.
Last spring, there was also a fair amount of drinking going on as people wandered the hallways on Friday and Saturday nights. Everyone seemed to enjoy the ambiance, the music in the lobby, the twinkling lights after sunset and seeing bright young things gather to celebrate their art, their friendships and their youth.
I imagine it is similar to the days of the Roaring Twenties, with F Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda and their friends turning up around the most tantalizing night lights and sounds of music. Some artists always seem to know where to gather, where the next good time will be. I hope it happens again at the Rossmor, on the fourth floor, near me. It would make all of this clock-watching, breath-holding and muttering worthwhile.
Hope so. See you there? —Chris