IAN DAVID SPENCER
During the weekend of the 4th & 5th March 2023, I exhibited with an expanded stand at the Woolwell (near Plymouth) Mind Body Spirit and Craft Fair. One of the best and most well attended fairs in the South West, this fair is always a delight with its exuberant atmosphere of high vibe and amazing energy. I was honoured and delighted with visitor responses to my artwork exhibit. Of course, attending events like this can be unpredictable - it's a risk us artists take in that we know how our livelihoods can depend on those all important sales. As ever, the little sales can add up and even the purchase of one greetings card will help enormously. However, one other very important aspect to exhibiting is the opportunity to promote one's work and indeed oneself. For me, exhibiting in person can be one of the most challenging at times but certainly one of the most rewarding and most enjoyable aspects of my art career. Fine art should be showcased "in the flesh" and my exhibit will indeed make this as easy as possible for viewers to get involved with the process of "being present" with my artworks. By this I mean I want viewers and prospective buyers to experience the works up as close as possible which is why I will always create an open stand policy. The artist in this situation is then poised to be present for answering questions and conversing with the viewer on a more personal level rather than being confined behind a table. I can stand with the viewer and admire my work with them while talking about it. For the viewer, it is important for them on a certain level to hear what the artist has to say and the conversation should reflect the artist's passion and creative energy behind their collection of artworks. I will, however, raise my hand and say that my childhood shyness will, on rare occasions, resurface. But once I go with the flow and a connection is made, I am up and away and in the moment, off the earth and beyond reality.....!