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04-18-2003, 09:27 PM
Okay I need some advice......
I was invited by this lady from my local area Art association to join in this festival. She contacted me, and asked me if I was willing to do demos and even allow my work to be used for publicity of this event. Well of course I said yes, and then emailed her for further information.
I come home today and see this email stating that after viewing my site that they feel that my work is wonderful , but inappropriate for a family atmosphere!:eek:And that they have reconsidered and thanks but no thanks!
Now granted...I wouldnt show work that was offensive in a festival nor would I offend anyone!! Im not retarded...lol I wouldnt display works that would offend or be inappropriate to children or adults........geesh!

So now what do I do>???? I mean I am really bummed about this...I did send a reply stating that I felt it unjust for them to judge me or my integrity, without meeting me in person!
So do I re-approach this, do I storm down there and demand a better reason, do i shut up , do i suck that bad that this was a nice way of saying adios??????
lol okay just whinning......and I know im feeling off kilter...i apologize...just need guidence or a kick in the arse! lol :D
Right now im just reallllllly dumbstruck!
thanks for listening...heres a glass of wine

Rose Queen
04-18-2003, 09:58 PM
I feel a glass (or two...) of wine is invariably the right response to something like this! :D

Assuming you still would like to be included in this event, I would wait a day or two (to give yourself time to rebound a bit) and email back saying how disappointed you are to be excluded after having been invited to this event and pointing out that you understand it would be a family event and would never dream of bringing anything that might give offense to the event. Then ask if they won't reconsider.

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04-18-2003, 10:04 PM
thanks Rose;)
I did state that in an reply..Im just not sure (like you said) if I do want to be part of this....It is small town thinking in the majority of my area.
If it Aint tractors and cattle...then its porn:D lol.
( can you tell im 3/4 thru the bottle of wine now? :D )
Thanks Again for your support Rose...heres a glass for ya!

04-22-2003, 03:43 AM
gotta agree with Ivy.. redsy.. boy I'd be real down about it....I really hope it works out...giving agro back never seems to do anything but upset both parties more...
you don't have to crawl, just quietly state your point of view logically...I'll be cheering for you!!

04-22-2003, 05:28 AM
Thanks Gnu;) I decided that even after replying back and they wanting to see more of my work....I declined! Id druther not be there at all then to argue my way in.
I wasnt looking when they called me, so why bother with!
Thanks for your support gang;)

04-28-2003, 06:07 PM
It may not be a problem with the content of your art, but a fear of the arm pit buddies that they will be overshadowed by your ability. You are a great artist, so who cares about them! I love your work.

04-28-2003, 06:48 PM
Aw Larry your words are far to kind!:D But much appreciated;)
Thanks so much!

Ron van den Boogaard
04-29-2003, 04:48 PM
If it's a show you really want to be in, I'd stick some pictures in of the direction you wanna go.
If you feel in anyway half-hearted about this (disregarding their reaction, just considering the show) just ditch it, something better will come along.

Better to go for a straight 12 year old single malt whiskey (e.g. Oban or Highland Park) than wine in these circumstances

04-29-2003, 06:08 PM
Thanks Ron:D
Im an optimists myself, so im hoping..lol for the better things to come!:D

05-23-2003, 04:02 PM
<beauty perks up> Did some say whiskey???

Well, I know this is an older post but I had to tell you that I love your work!

Screw those people at the festival..it will be/was their loss not to have you at their event.

Unfortunetly people judge. In fact, I have been judged (wrongly) by a few people on WC and other areas. It is a shame people jump to conclusions so fast without getting to know you.. and that is what these people did...

Best thing to do in these situations (besides the wine of course) is to smile and realize that you are the better person because you would never have such a closed mind..

05-23-2003, 04:08 PM
Thanks so much for taking time to reply, old post or not, you thought and insight is always appreciated!!! To bad on the judgemental ones here at WC thats sad to hear, but I am glad you didnt give up on the rest of us!!:D
Ty also for commenting on my work;)

05-24-2003, 08:53 AM
It may be an old thread, but its a universal topic. We are always judged by EVERYTHING that we put up to show. This is why when sending work to galleries or posting on a personal website, I try to focus my work on one genre. This is especially true when displaying or previewing work for someone who wants to know if it is 'appropriate' for their business or group or exhibit. People want to know exactly what they're getting, and assume that is what you are showing them.

Going further than that, many people will judge you as a person by this same work. Just brace yourself and be ready. It is surprising that so-called artists would not understand your point of view, but I've seen worse, in some cases different art organizations at each other's throats, or in competition for who is the 'real' artist's group in an area.

If you looked closer at the group that contacted you, some things like this might surface. You'd be better off staying clear of it.