Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is currently displaying a juried art show 'Art Maui'. I submitted two pieces into this show, and one was selected. I had a friend who is an Art Critic help me pick which pieces to enter. He picked two pieces, both of which I wouldn't have considered entering.
He suggested I enter two very different styles of my work. The idea being if the juror doesn't care for one style, I have another option to show the them. I had researched this juror online, checking out what type of art he produced. I also read what he was looking for in this particular show. Interesting process looking through all of my art pieces and deciding which would be best for this show.
There were 325 artists who registered 511 works. 110 works, by 99 artists, were selected. During the opening event, I walked around and saw the diversity of pieces displayed. Even though this show is held in Maui, the work shown could be from anywhere- L.A., San Fransisco, east coast somewhere. To have my work picked felt like such an honor!
Watching people look at my art piece was fantastic. Having people aproach me and ask about my art, where I have traveled to bring such bold colors to my palette was fabulous. Having my art in this show is just the beginning of many more shows. I know that if I hadn't entered this show, it's like I was given a 'No' already. Just try, enter shows and build up the list of people who recognize you!