This afternoon I'll set up my display of art at The Borgata in Scottsdale. This is a classy upscale mall. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to be there. Thank you Borgata! Thank you, Shirley and Jim Longfellow, of Longfellow Fine Art Festivals, for the time and effort you have put into this venture!
This is a bit of a come around since in many years past, The Borgata didn't want artists. There wasn't enough room for us, and after all, we weren't serious artists (street artists are seldom considered serious artists) and our customers took up too much room in their parking lot. (Our show was next door.)
It's a sign of the times, some 10 to fifteen years later, with the economy at it's lowest point, and empty stores in ALL the malls, we are being welcomed with open arms. Time does change things. Even me. I'm grateful that The Borgata has opened it's doors to us. Grateful that they are recognizing us as the unique, small businesses that we are. Grateful that I can still move enough to do a show! Ha!
I look forward to friends and old customers coming to see us this very busy weekend, and to new friends and customers. This is the last show I have planned for 2011. If I don't see you at this show, perhaps I'll see you in 2012!