pre-art show hanging jitters times a million

In approximately 12 hours I will be walking through the doors of this place I’ve only been three times and my heart will be pounding so hard I’ll probably think I’m having a heart attack. Where am I going? Tomorrow I’ll be putting up my first one woman art show in a trendy bakery downtown and even though I’ve had an entire year to think about it, plan it, get ready for it,  its now 11:45 p.m. the night before and I’ve yet to write and design my artist’s statement sheet. I still have 3 paintings to put wires on. I don’t think I have enough hangers to hang everything on. I’ve run out of bubble wrap. I even unwisely stopped everything so I could watch “The Batchelorette” tonight, because I like to observe how dating and kissing ACTUALLY looks. And now I’m avoiding everything even further by writing this totally unnecessary and arbitrary blog entry that will put me even further behind.

I can’t believe its here though. I talked to the woman just about a year ago about having this show. And you know what?  I have pretty much never stopped thinking about it the entire year. The fact that somebody was actually GIVING ME A CHANCE AT SOMETHING. I mean how often does that happen for me? Well, these days…


No. I’m not kidding. I used to get chances all the time. But people pretty much give up on you when you go on disability. I guess they figure since you’re “disabled” you won’t be able to do anything. My biggest problem though has really been the feeling useless…the apathy. Because when people stop thinking of you as a viable member of society and keep telling you you’re nothing more than a mentally ill person over and over and over and over…you start believing them and then, well…………………………………………… give up.

But I did read something rather interesting on the internet recently. It said that according to recent studies in lab rats that, well, apathy is rather curable. Can you believe it? I know you’re all shaking your heads in total disbelief, but its true. Wanna hear what the cure is? Do you? Its called:


Woo hoo! Who knew. Right? One decade, you’re laying on the couch, eating a tuna sandwich, watching “Divorce Court” 437 times in a row. And then suddenly the next minute…Cowabunga!! Somebody actually thinks you’re good for something. Heh heh…I mean besides draining the government for food stamps and section eight money.

Will my art show be a success? I have no idea. I am scared to death. I am bringing way too much stuff. I have two huge boxes jammed with all kinds of work. My friend “J” from my old job is coming over tomorrow to get me and then helping to hang the show. Neither of us have ever hung a show before. I’m scared it’ll look like shit or be crooked or my poorly framed canvases will pop out of their cheap, cheesy frames and poke somebody in the eye. I just don’t know how to do all this stuff and I don’t have the money to do it correctly. I did get some basic framing lessons from a woman in my art class who owns a frame shop. She even cut down a frame for me which was really nice of her.

I’m having an small opening next week, but I’m not even sure if anyone will come. Am I saying that to elicit pity? Hell no. Its reality. “J” will probably come. Maybe a person or two from my art class.  My mom is coming but only because Gay Elvis doesn’t have a gig til 6:30.  My brother has already said he WON’T come because my mother will be there. Dysfunctional families always have a way of cutting into potentially happy events. Have you noticed that?

About the only calming event I had this week was being invited to a party. How often can I say a party is calming? I was very surprised. And there was not even any Gay Elvis numbers! No, it was a legitimate party in honor of the summer solstice. It was at our Art Board president’s house. Just a very low key event with artsy people and music from the 40’s and a cake shaped like the sun.

I was wondering if there would be anyone from our art class. Out of about 12 people there were only 2. What made the party good for me was…well, just that I was invited. I was treated like a regular person. Like a desireable person to have at a nice summer party. It made me feel normal. I wasn’t all tightened up and angry like I usually am at my mother’s parties. I actually enjoyed myself. I joined in with party games! And laughed! I had conversations! It was amazing. And it just proved that the way that I am treated by certain people have made me think that I am a certain way, and maybe, just maybe I’m not. Imagine!

I just hope I can be that person at my art opening. Although some of the toxic people will be there, hopefully I can rise above it all and let my art speak for me.




17 Responses to “pre-art show hanging jitters times a million”

  1. Lisa Says:

    I’m glad that light bulb finally went off in your head lol. All of us think you’re great and there is no motivation behind that other than you are! Your an artist good enough to have her own show for pete’s sake! 🙂

    I’m excited for you

  2. Anna Says:


  3. Xat Says:

    Damn, I wish I were on that side of the country. *sigh* Even if it’s silly of me to say, I’m there in spirit.

    I am also excited for you. Everything will be hung well (or well hung) (*snork*), no one’s eyes will be displaced, and a whole new audience will have the pleasure of discovering your work.

    As they say in Japan when starting a new endeavor, “Gambatte!”

  4. Pam Says:

    I wish I was there for your opening! Yes, everything WILL BE well-hung . All the best! You deserve this opportunity to shine!

  5. Holly Says:

    Your opinion of yourself is what matters. Knock ’em dead at the art show, You have an amazing amount of talent.

  6. LA Says:

    I know for the stage it’s ‘Break a leg’, what is correct for good luck with an art show? ‘Break a brush’? All the best to you, sweetie. Your work is going to wow them! ~LA

  7. Poolie Says:

    Wishing you all the best, kiddo. Sending good vibes your way!

  8. artgnomew Says:

    doubts are part of the artist personality and pressure before a show. Your work is good and unique.

    Hanging a show like this is not that hard because 1) it is all your work and 2) you are in control of where it all goes.

    To not upset the bakery, choose the lightest and brightest content of your work. From there, just use your eye and keep moving the pieces around until it all looks right to you.

    Most of us artists struggle with mental illness, anxiety and hypersensitivity. I don’t think you would be as good as you are without it. This society calls being different being sick. Don’t let the labels get to you my dear. You are independent and on your own, you are beautiful and talented and you are very intelligent. Focus on what you CAN do and not what you feel you cannot.

    I am very proud of you for doing this show. If not for the gas situation and my financial problems, I would certainly drive the miles to be there.

    Breathe deep, know that you are doing what you are meant to do, and try to enjoy the achievement and the moment. Because you do deserve it.

    let me know if you need anything else from me, feel free to email.

  9. Kathy Says:

    I’m sure it will be fabulous! If I lived up there, I’d come to the opening. Best of luck, I know you’ll do great. P.S. The Bachelorette? That’s not what real dating looks like, but I suppose the kissing is pretty authentic. 😉

  10. crankygirl Says:

    I hope it goes very well–report back soon!

  11. Stepfordtart Says:

    Yeh. What they all said. s x and a ((hug)) for luck

  12. Another50something Says:

    Oh Witty, how exciting for you! I wish I could be there to see your awesome artwork in person. I’m betting that you will get a much bigger turnout than you ever imagined you would. Please keep us all informed so we can live it vicariously. And its just so good to read about you having fun at that party. I too have huge anxiety issues when I socialize in big groups at parties. Why is what is so easy for some people so hard for others? Anyway, keep up the good vibes and much luck and success at your opening!

  13. scotvalkyrie Says:

    Hooray for Witty! I’m so excited that your art show is finally HERE — I remember you first talking about it a year ago! Merdez, and all that happy stuff. ((hugs))

  14. DanjerusKurves Says:

    Wait, you’re saying that lab rats feel necessary in the Universe? … 😀 … If you were living in Europe you would be valued for the person and artist that you are …

  15. geekbetty Says:

    good luck!!! you’re going to be amazing. I wish I lived near, I’d love to see it.

  16. pantrypuff Says:

    Is that your art?? It’s so cool

  17. freshhell Says:

    God, I love your paintings!! They should make you feel necessary in the universe, if nothing else does. Best of luck and hope you sell them all.

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