Review and Renew After Studio Tour

Once you’ve rested, analyzing a show to gain future insights makes sense.

I document five big takeaways from my third Sandia Heights Art Studio tour earlier t his month.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, studio view SHA tour 13

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, studio view SHA tour 13

1. Great people turned out for the event.

Thank you to the dozens of friends, neighbors and people who made the 2013 tour special. Thanks especially to those of you who toured my studio for the first time.

From my vantage point, the combination of publicity worked: artists promoting each other during the tour, paid advertising and free publicity prior to the tour, and a combination of print and online campaigns to get the word out.

2. People buy what they like.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, story necklace of jasper and copper

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, story necklace of jasper and copper

One of my newest creations, “Story Necklace” flew out the door on preview night.
“Barely There,” the necklace that drapes multiple times and feels like air, flew off the Shelley Baby mannequin, from this at the start of the tour:

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Barely There necklace display

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Barely There necklace display

To this at its conclusion.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, one remaining necklace

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, one remaining necklace

3. Every tour is different.

I felt inspired, uplifted and grateful. Susan Wyngaard, my studio partner and I laughed, talked and had a terrific time with our guests. We enjoyed our time together and resolved without question to partner again. Her beautiful felted hats and scarves make wonderful gifts. I barely resisted the temptation to add several to my collection.

©2013, Susan Wyngaard, felted hats and scarves

©2013, Susan Wyngaard, felted hats and scarves

4. Opportunities show up.

This year’s tour featured a new partner, VSA North 4th Art Center and the N4th Gallery. VSA is an international nonprofit organization founded more than 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. I connected with Jennifer Zona, a VSA instructor and discussed volunteer efforts.

Five of us will join the VSA volunteer workers this Fall. We’re looking forward to making a meaningful artistic contribution to a worthwhile cause. Look for updates in future posts.

5. Fun stories emerge.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, SHA 13 Pomotional necklace

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, SHA 13 Pomotional necklace

Mary T. who won my purple necklace and earrings wanted to pick up her prize Sunday evening. I almost declined, pleading long day, sore feet, etc. Instead, I said, “Sure!” Imagine my surprise and delight when the winner showed up with a gift of wine for me!

My bracelet display, aptly named Cougar Woman, enjoyed lots of attention.

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Cougar Woman bracelet display

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Cougar Woman bracelet display

Yes, it was fun! Here’s to next year! Onward to 2014. Incidentally, the organization scheduled a meeting to debrief all things show related.

How do you review your shows?