Finished hooking four more Christmas ornaments yesterday, in-between listening to panel discussions, speakers, and eating.
The first panel discussion was on defining professionalism. The panel talked about how to land gallery representation, being prepared, networking, dealing with media, applying for grants, and more. It was very helpful to have the panelists tell their own stories.
In the afternoon there was a panel discussion called “Shaping the Conversation”. It covered how to introduce our art form to people new to it, promoting our work and ourselves as artists, selling our work through galleries, trends in the rug hooking world, and a good deal more.
Both were excellent discussions.
I met some people I’ve known online for a long time. That was great!
After another delicious dinner on Fisherman’s Wharf, I came back to hear Sylvia Olsen talk about Cowichan sweaters: their origins and how they saved the Salish people.
The evening found me pressing those ornaments and getting them ready for sale. Hopefully today I’ll be able to finish them. 🙂
Hubby went on excursions and had a blast. The last was to a place we went to the other day, so he skipped out early and went to check out a bicycle rental place. No go. They are closed for the season. But he did find another place still open. He’s thinking maybe he’ll go on bike ride today…if the good weather holds.
Today I hope to enjoy my third panel discussion, listen in on the TIGHR meeting this afternoon, listen to a speaker tonight, and, if I have time, finish my Christmas ornaments. 🙂