I've made friends at the Nashua Artist's Breakfast Club and a high percentage of them are paid members of the Chelmsford Art Society. The CAS seems to be a fairly small but pretty enthusiastic group of artists and art lovers. I haven't met all of them, but I've been to a couple of their monthly artist demos... (Paul Pedulla and Stapleton Kearns), both of which were worth the 35 mile trip and gas mileages.
Well, one of the whing dings I heard about from last summer was their July 4th Show. First of all, you have to understand that Chelmsford does 4th of July like they invented it. Granted the town is pretty near Lexington and Concord, but just the same...! Residents start claiming parade seating with lawn chairs on the 1st of July AND NOBODY MOVES THE CHAIRS. What a nice community tradition, don't you think?
Their parade is on the 4th and there's a carnival... and in the past the art show. This year the brilliant Co-Presidents decided to have the show hung and judged by July 2 so there could be an adult reception on July 2... and you could actually get to it! (Having lived in Pasadena, California for almost 30 Rose Parades, I can tell you that trying to cross a BIG parade's route on the day of the parade is pretty near impossible.) Chelmsford's roads clearly developed from crazy cow paths, so the traffic is even more challenging.
Anyway, I picked some paintings, got them framed and ALMOST didn't enter them.
Art shows have a pick-up dates and it is bad form not to pick up your paintings on time. Well, as it turns out, I have some medical issues and an appointment which was going to interfere with picking up the submitted works. But I listened to my enthusiasm and approached a Breakfast Club Friend and asked if she'd be willing to pick up my paintings. She said yes! And so I submitted the limit: 3 paintings.
And yesterday I got a call to encourage me to go to the reception because I'd won something.
When I arrived, I found out I'd won two somethings. Surprised and totally delighted.
Second Place in the non-professional pastel category for "Wild and Woolly"...
Third Place for The Good Rooster (Crows Everywhere) in the Oils/Acrylic category.
The irony is that the one I liked most (titled "Attitude) and the one that elicited purchase inquiries, didn't win anything. Must remember that prizes and what I like aren't necessarily related... although I clearly DO like prizes!