Every year the film industry gives out golden statuettes for the best movies of the year, the best acting performances, the best music, set design, and more. The television industry does the same with their Emmy awards to recognize talent. Every year there are elated winners giving long acceptance speeches, and every year there are losers who utter those oft-heard words. “It was an honor just to be nominated.”
In any competition, there are always more losers than winners, and with my first art show, I didn’t expect to win any awards. I was hoping that I might get enough votes to come away with the People’s Choice award — chosen not by the judge but by visitors to the show.
As it turned out, I didn’t get the award — which was a gift card to a popular restaurant — but at our club meeting on Monday night, my name was read off on the list of those who had received votes. In fact, all three of my paintings received votes. So, I should feel good about that even though I know those votes all came from family and friends.
I’ll admit to being a little down right after the judging took place. Again, I hadn’t expected to win but it would have been nice to at least get some sort of honorable mention or other recognition. But as I looked around the display, I realized that there were a lot of beautiful paintings on display by a lot of very talented artists, and they didn’t win any awards either.
I tried to get photos of the prize winners, but the lights and reflections made it difficult.
And the People’s Choice award went to this fabric creation — everything you see comes from old jeans.
Definitely creative, and definitely worthy of the win!
As for me, I’m left repeating those sorrowful words. “It was an honor just to be nominated.” Indeed, it was, and despite the disappointment of not having any ribbons to hang on my wall, I’m glad I took part in the show. It was exciting, and I enjoyed being part of it. My art did look good on display, and again, it’s not like I was the only loser. I take consolation in that.
As for the future, I’ve already submitted my entry and fee for our next show — which opens in October. This show will include artists from throughout the region, not just HFAA members. I’m sure the competition will be brutal, but as before, I won’t go into the show expecting to win. Rather, I’ll approach it expecting to learn from the experience.
I am signed up to work the show for several hours on two different mornings, and on the night following the judging there will be a reception — along with an opportunity to receive critiques from the judge.
Being part of our local art community feels good. I love being part of our larger, online art community, as well. Even though I’m not yet an award-winning artist, I know I’ve come a long, long way in three years. It’s fun to imagine where I will go from here.