So, as you all know, I entered a piece of my jewelry in the local art show. For me, this was mostly about networking, getting my name and what I do out there in the community and helping a worthwhile cause. Oh, yeah! And for fun.
Imagine my surprise to actually discover a ribbon next to my submission. I had won second place! I was pretty tickled with the whole experience--not the least of which was receiving a $50.00 prize check! (It's already spent on metal-working tools to go along with my glass.)
I know, second place doesn't sound like such a huge deal. But to me it was a big deal. This is the very first time that I have entered an art show. And while I make things that I like and are true to my artistic voice it is nice to get a little validation that what I like isn't totally awful.