Last Night...

Last night I had a "Girlie Arty" night out. First it was off to the March exhibition at Artscape. We had a fantastic crowd, I love how the crowd changes every time we have an opening. It was great to see so many locals and new faces come out to support our two local artists. I have re-joined the ArtsCape committee after a much needed year long break. I have  picked back up the duties of website manager and I also started them a new Facebook page. ....Getting with the times my dear!!! We have a couple of events coming up this March {ArtsCape talks and working artists} along with a few plans in motion to re-invigorate us again for the year, details soon.

I then headed over to Burnie to a "Young Designers" exhibition with the Stitchy Ladies. We had a great time having a few wines and surrounded by some young fashion designers. Talking to the young designers I really noticed that they are not being supported by the community but also they are not supporting themselves, especially in regards to an online presence. I am feeling the need to run some blogging and social media courses for the locals. I am giving this idea much thought at the moment as I literally see fear in people eyes when I start talking to them about an online presence. A public profile is so important in this day and age and especially in our regional location. I still think that people think they have to "be discovered" to get anywhere, when in actual fact its self promotions and pushing one self out into the public that gets you noticed. I'm going to call it the "Knight in shining armour" syndrome that people have - they are waiting to be discovered - to be saved by someone. If you are not out there through self motivation then this is simply not going to happen. I'll be looking into this idea more soon I feel.
As an artist are you "Waiting for your Knight in shining armor" or are you confident that you are getting yourself out there as much as you can? Do you need help in this area? I'm curoius to see how everyone is feeling about this.
Till next time

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.