Art, Gourd and Woodcarving Shows - Pyrography (Woodburning) Classes
Pyrography Classes and Art, Gourd & Woodcarving Shows
I started cutting back little by little on my teaching & the shows we do several years ago but hadn't made a commitment to stop doing shows all together.
In 2007 I finally retired from the VA & from teaching & we moved to New Mexico. My goal was to have more time to do my art. Well, between hand surgeries, travel & shows I still didn't have much time for doing my art.
After more about 20 years of doing shows we finally decided it was time to stop. Our LAST show was in April, 2014.
People have asked me why we finally made this decision. The bottom line is we aren't getting any younger & we thought it was the perfect time to make some changes in our lives & think about retiring (again).
We have been doing art, gourd & woodcarving shows since 1995 & while we love doing them it is hard work & we aren't getting any younger. It's getting harder to do the physical work required to set up & break down our booths & working long hours at the show without breaks. Not so bad when your young but it takes it's toll as you get older.
We loved doing shows because it gave us time to chat with old friends & make new ones. It seemed that the last few years we got busier at the shows & rarely had time to stop & chat with people the way we used to. It was more business & less fun.
So between the fact that after 20 years, it was time to retire from doing shows. The fact that shows had become more work & less fun played a very big part in the decision to retire. We really missed the ability to spend time socializing. The main reason we loved doing shows had to be put on the back burner because we were just too busy & therefore shows became more about business & not about spending time with people!
Just to reassure you all, I am not closing my doors or retiring from my business, I am just trying to get back to the basics of enjoying life & having time to stop & smell the roses....or burn them!
Now, if we decide to do a show it will be on a smaller scale so we can get back to the reason we started doing them in the first place....having an opportunity to make new friends, visit with old friends & have some fun!
Our business will remain open as it has always been....even when we travel.
My New Brochure
For those of you who want to print my new brochure to pass out at festivals & events please feel free to click on the image of the brochure on the right & download the pdf file that is suitable for printing.
We have moved back to Texas & are now living in the Rio Grande Valley. I will be doing some classes when the "Winter Texan's" are back. For more information please Contact me.