Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Disappointments Come

It’s inevitable. Life is filled with disappointments. But when one door closes, another one opens, if we’re lucky. The only thing that’s certain in life is “death and taxes” and, of course, change.

Mervil’s Design Center is closing their doors after a short four month trial period. The interior design business is so slow, and the economy is so bad, that their beautiful concept and dream must end. Elaborate, well conceived and implemented, Mervil’s was an Interior Designer's dream, complete with elegant fabrics, draperies, artwork, furniture and accessories. I felt privileged to participate with other artists in their grand opening.

These are tight times for every artist. I have attended several art events this past month. I see many “lookers,” but few buyers with the exception of jewelry and personal wear. People are buying necessities: food, clothing, medical, a roof over their head. Artwork is seen as a luxury that can wait for better times.

Unfortunately, the artists and shopkeepers who depend on sales to maintain their own needs and lifestyle are critically in jeopardy. We can only hope and pray for better times.

Luckily, events are still occurring and opportunities are out there for those willing to perservere. A positive attitude and a love for the arts will keep the inner fires burning.

Our league is preparing for another event this weekend, and I will share the details with you in my next blog. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the photos of some of our members preparing for this event.

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