(Originally published on the SOFA Santa Rosa website)
Today I only had a little time to spend at my studio in the SOFA Santa Rosa Arts District. (I’m at 300 S. A Street, #3, just down Atlas Coffee Alley.) This, after an entire morning of last-minute tasks, re-do’s, oh-I-forgot-I-have-to’s…. Every time I thought I was ready to leave, I’d remember one more thing…. Argh!!
When I finally got there, I unlocked my door and entered.
Then I realized I didn’t have what I needed to work on my next project. Drat.
Here’s where the magic happens:
A woman appeared. “I’m admiring your window!” she said. “Are dogs allowed?”
What dog?? Oh. There, hidden by the bottom half of my Dutch door, was a sweet, very friendly dog.
I let them in.
“We’re visiting that photography show at Christie Marks’ gallery,” she explained. “I have the dog while my husband takes a look. Then he’ll take the dog so I can see it!”
We talked a little about the show (which is AMAZING!) Then I left her alone to browse my studio. (I got to pet the pup.)
She saw my new Sonoma County Art Trails postcard. Coincidentally (or is it??), Christie is also on the card, along with Cat Kaufman and Mary Linnea Vaughn.) “Oh! May I take one of your cards? We’ll come back for your open studio!”
Here’s where the magic gets even bigger:
She asked me if I’d consider submitting a piece for the upcoming “Landscape” show at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. (Oct. 21 – Nov. 27, 2016)
“I would,” I said, “But I don’t do landscapes.”
“I think that looks like a landscape!” she said, pointing to a small wall hanging behind my desk. “And you’d probably be the only artist in your medium!”
Sure enough, it could ‘read’ as a landscape.
I said I would certainly do that. She gave me all kinds of information–filling out an online entry form, the hours for delivering work, etc.
“Are you an artist yourself?” I asked her. “Do you volunteer at SCA?”
“Not really an artist, but I wish I were,” she said. “I just love supporting the arts, and SCA is a great organization.”
I thanked her from the bottom of my heart. Artists thrive when they are supported by their community. People who give their time to do that are golden.
We talked more. I promised to bring in my newly-recognized landscape. She joined my mailing list. Then she and pupster left to join her husband.
What are the chances she would show up at exactly the moment I unlocked my door?
I could have missed her by five minutes. By ten minutes Or I might have left before she even got there?
What are the chances she was not only familiar with Art Trails, and SCA, but also a dedicated volunteer, familiar with their shows?
What are the chances she spotted the one piece that could conceivably qualify as a landscape?
Yep. This happens all the time here in the Arts District.
Because when you are making the work of your heart, wonderful things cross your path every single day…if you look for them.