I sold at an art show in Montclair, NJ this past weekend.
The weather was perfect except tor one brief downpour on Saturday, near closing time.
I’m content with the sales I made. But let me tell you about some of the conversations I had!
There was Linda, a lovely woman around my age, who noticed that I was wearing a pendant with Hebrew letters on it. Her eyes got wide as she realized what she looking at and stuttered as she said, “That’s Hebrew! That’s Hebrew writing on your necklace!
“Yes!” I responded. It’s the Hebrew word for “song” and symbolizes singing praises to God!”
She told me that Jewish Boys are named “Shir.”
She was amazed to see such a thing worn on a gentile woman. I told her about my dear friend, Deborah Potash Brodie who creates beautiful “Hidden Message” jewelry. And maybe she’ll make a sale from our exchange of words. I wrote down Deborah’s name and she’ll be looking into into buying a piece for her friend. It was cute as they argued back in forth about who would buy for who, she or her friend, until I chimed in and said, “Buy for each other, but a year apart.” That seemed to settle the problem and they wandered off together.
Then were was Edy. She was a sweet older lady who commented on my work and then sharing with me about her thoughts on life and living. When the topic of gender came up I didn’t know how to respond so I told her that, beside painting, my greatest job is to love the person standing in front me, and that meant I loved her! She really liked that!
Sharon has a rubber chicken. She takes it with her on journeys all over the world. She’s taken photos of it wherever she’s gone. She showed me picture of the rubber chicken in front of the Leaning Tower of Pizza! She said she’d really like to put all the photos into a book. I said to go for it! I hope she does!
Eileen is an elderly lady who has a master’s degree in psychology. She told me she was the by far the oldest person in her class. She gave me tips on how to market my picture books to publish schools. Such a wealth of information!
It seemed as if everyone I smiled at stopped to say hello. Maybe not, but there were many, many conversations. I smiled all day long, remembering that Jesus was right there with me and included in every conversation, even if I didn't mention His name.
I had a really good weekend. I’ll do this show again next year.