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Countdown to Open Studio Weekend

I woke up this morning and went down to my studio – in the image below, you can see what greeted me.

Blue Roof Designs studio

Ugh…Open Studio Weekend is less than two weeks away.

I now admit the following – I am the Queen of the Traveling Pile. If I’m done with something, I’ll probably put it somewhere impractical. Then I’ll need that surface for something and the pile moves somewhere else, joining with other items along the way. Soon I have every surface covered with who-knows-what.

In the photo, underneath that smear of paperwork, is my large format rotary trimmer (sorry, my sweet!).

Cleaning my studio is now inevitable. Don’t get me wrong – I love having a clean studio. Doing what it takes to get it done, that’s another story. I’m looking for some elves who are willing to take on a low paying gig, so if you know any, give me a call.

This past Friday, I met with other artists in my area who are also participating in Open Studio Weekend. We decided to call ourselves the Montpelier Watershed Artists. I don’t what it is about having an official name, but it makes me feel so much more legitimate as an artist.

I have been coordinating the newly-named group for the past three years. This is such a great group of people who really want to share their work with the community. If you come by my studio during Open Studio, you should definitely visit one of the other nearby studios. Local maps will be available at individual studios.

In the coming days, I’ll be working on my list of a gazillion things that need to get done for Open Studio.

Here’s the beginning:

  1. Clean my studio (meh)
  2. Distribute tour maps to local establishments
  3. Update signs to direct visitors to my studio
  4. Submit press release for Montpelier Watershed Artist group
  5. Submit calendar listings to local publications and online event calendars
  6. Choose item for visitor raffle
  7. Purchase snacks for visitors (good snacks = happy visitors)

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. If you have any suggestions on where to start cleaning, please let me know.

I need all the help I can get (especially if you’re an elf).

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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