But this year I felt a certain exhilaration about finishing my QN work, and as I stowed my QN paperwork into my orange show entry folder, I noticed another call for entries that I had printed out some time ago and stuck into the same folder. It was at a regional museum, the 55th year of this juried all-media show. Well, not exactly all-media -- they specified no photography and no fabric art.
Earlier I had read these rules and decided that if they didn't want "fabric art" I didn't want to enter their show. But this week I was feeling giddy, the entry fee was only $15, and it seemed like a lark to try to get some of my collage work into a show for the first time. I decided to make a new piece, started on Tuesday, and by last night had it finished and ready for photography this afternoon (postmark deadline tomorrow). Besides, by making art I was justified in postponing my studio clean-up.
It wasn't that herculean an effort -- I went back to my calligraphy practice sheets, tore them up into bits and mounted the bits on a pre-stretched canvas. And just because they said no fabric art, I decided to sew on it as an in-your-face gesture. For the second entry, I hauled out a small collage I had made last year, using an old book cover as the support, spiffed it up just a bit and sent it in too.
I suspect this is $15 down the drain, but I like to think of it as my contribution to the art scene. And it certainly is nice to be able to produce a show entry in three days rather than three months, as with my QN quilts. I'll keep you posted, but for now I'm feeling pretty cheerful, no post-QN blues at all!