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.