The Maine Magazine has an editorial section called “48 Hours in….” where they send out their staff to investigate, photograph and sample the flavor of Maine towns. I have enjoyed learning more about great spots that I have yet to discover. One place I have longed to spend more time in is Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. I have had the pleasure of showing my jewelry at the Maine Craft Guild MDI show for years now. Yet, each time I visit, I haven’t found a way to get some extra time off to explore until now!
The owners of Spruce and Gussy, a fabulous Bar Harbor gallery now carrying my work, asked me to do a trunk show last week as part of the First Friday events. I had an absolute blast getting to know Michelle and Patti along with a whole slue of regular clients and vacationers stopping by. It was a delight to meet and assist them in picking out special pieces of jewelry for themselves and loved ones. There was even a little taste of Shakespeare in the store at the beginning of the evening to entice locals to check out the rich theater community in the area. Nice to be right in the middle of the magic.
Trunk shows are such a great opportunity to get to know your galleries and let them get to know you a little better. When you are starting your relationship at a wholesale show or through a sales call, your focus is on business to see if you will be a good fit. You might get little bits and pieces of their personality and what their vision might be. But until you get to step into their world and spend some time together, you can miss out on some great connections and the possibility of a deeper bond than just artist and buyer. Michelle and Patti are both jewelers themselves and they know what they love. They have a great ease with each other and their surroundings. They belong in Bar Harbor and they made me feel like I too belonged in this beautiful town.
One of the perks of doing an evening trunk show in Bar Harbor is the opportunity to visit with some of my favorite people. Linda and Ken Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass live only 20 minutes away in the sweet town of Ellsworth. After their surprise visit to Spruce and Gussy to say hi, I stayed overnight with the Perrins, sampling some yummy food, good wine and great conversation past midnight. As I mentioned in my last post about my great artist friends, these two are definitely key members of my tribe and I value their insight and openness on this journey of embracing a creative life. One of the best parts of our conversation was learning more about the non-profit they have started called Artsworth. Housed in their wonderful glass studio just below their cool loft living space where we spent our time together, these two engaging art enthusiasts/entrepreneurs have created an art center to inspire the entire Ellsworth and Bar Harbor community and beyond.
I am grateful for your attention and time. Stay tuned for my next installment of my 48 hours Bar Harbor experience. Should be hot of the presses in a few days!