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Friday, February 12, 2010

Buried Alive

I've been buried alive in paperwork this week.  I am part of a small contemporary craft guild called InspiredArts.  We are planning a major craft show to be held at Flat Rock Playhouse.  Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina is the state theater.  A wonderful, magical place where all sorts of creativity abounds.  Flat Rock Playhouse has never held a craft show and InspiredArts has never run a craft show -- so this has all been a unique adventure.  Last Tuesday we completed our jurying process.  We now have 42 artists who will be converging on the YouTheater at Flat Rock Playhouse over Mother's Day weekend.  My job has been to handle the jurying which has meant accepting the applications, organizing the jurying, notifying the applicants after the jury process and sending out acceptance packets.  Sounds pretty simple when I compact it into a sentence like that.

The jury process this last Tuesday was quite wonderful. I mean who can complain about sitting and looking at images of art all day long!  We all enjoyed it and the creativity that we saw was overwhelming at times.  Of course since then I have been overwhelmed with paperwork and computer work and calling people and so on and so forth.  Who would have thought that so much energy and planning would have to go into a gathering of creative souls?  

Today I sit here confident that things are under control, all my lists have been checked twice (or three times or four times but who is counting).  The acceptance packets are almost ready to send out and I'm to take a few deep breaths. 

"We can lick gravity but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming."  - Wernher von Braun 

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