It both saddens and excites me---but I've made a decision that this Saturday, September 12th will be my last day at Urbana's Market at the Square. Why, you ask? As I eagerly anticipated ALL summer, I'm starting to fill up slots for painting lessons again (yaaay!). The busiest day for lessons is Saturday and with the market every other Saturday, I am losing money by continuing through the end of the season (November 7th).
The farmer's market was a big leap for me as I'd never even sold any of my artwork before this spring. I worked all winter to create as many weavings as I could to first sell at Boneyard Arts Festival in April and then for Urbana's Market at the Square starting in May. I've learned so much and am so glad I took this step towards my creative future. While I'm sad to see it come to an end, I am excited to start painting lessons again and get back to making. Summer was a slow season for lessons and I've really missed them. Ultimately, I have lost money by investing in the market, but am so happy that I pursued my dream. The experience and the confidence it has helped me build as an artist was definitely worth it.
Thank you so much to those who have come out and visited, purchased weavings, painted, or just stopped by during your trip to the market---it meant so much. I am so thankful to have so much support in this community!
If you never or made it out or want to stop by for my last day, please do! 7am-noon. It's going to be BEAUTIFUL fall day and I can't wait.