I thought this topic was exhausted many moons ago. As a “pro”, little things pop up, that need our attention from time to time. Now that my life is, for the most part, mine again, I have time to conclude our little melodrama. We left off with me as acting, temporary, until the job was done … chairman of the North Tahoe Arts Artisan’s Gift Shop. That’s a mouth full.
For the two weeks proceeding the meeting I organized the agenda from the last meeting. I shortened it from 14 pages to 2 pages and emailed it to everyone. They were told to give me any added items they wanted discussed. I had also taken over the scheduling of gift shop work days. I still have that job today, and I’m happy to do it for them. We had a few “unauthorized” email blasts to the group by some know-it-alls. This was nipped in the bud by me with some “red neck” photos gathered from my forum topic, “LumberJocks is going to the Dogs”. These plus the phrase, “lighten up, my eyes hurt from all the emails”, really worked. All the emails just stopped dead about three days before the meeting.
This is my redneck mansion
This is my redneck lawn mower. (Mr. Trim says they’re redneck hookers)
When all the work is done, my friends and I goes swimmin’ in my swimmin’ pool.
The meeting started at 10:00 on June 3rd. I got there attention, and laid the ground rules for the meeting. I would read a topic, tell them what I thought, and then we would discuss it. We would then vote on it. There would be nothing put off until the next meeting. I found out “artists” love firm but fair. I must point out, at this point, that quite a few of you were right. We got lots of two cents worth, but no one was willing to follow it through. Everything was settled and voted on by the end of the meeting.
During this meeting, I announced that someone had mentioned to me a group blog would be great. I told them that I looked into it and I would be glad to set one up with Google. I told them my effort has its price. I wanted 100% participation. A few of them, to say the least, are not computer literate. Just about all have tried to get to it and log on. About 2/3s have made it and are contributing as I write this. The rest are contacting me, one by one, by telephone. Then at this point I walk them through the process of logging into our super secret blog. It’s a long story that might be number 19 in this series.
Ah,but I have lots of good news to report. After the meeting we went downstairs to the gift shop and rotated and rehung everyones art. This gives everyone a different location every three months and usually takes three days to finish. We got it accomplished in under two hours. There was laughter, joking, and a lot of mischief. The director and president of North Tahoe Arts commented that it was so nice to hear laughter again. We are now 27 artists strong and at about our capacity. A few days ago the minutes were emailed ( my last duty as chairman) and there seems to be piece in the North Tahoe artistic community.
This was really not a “pat myself on the back piece”. This was meant to show the reader what common sense in the artistic world can accomplish. The moral of this story is, when an artist is in trouble call a LumberJock …............
-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/ (my funny blog)