Mayday Underground organizers Amanda Preske and Casey Wright listen to their artists – and so have decided to try a two-day show! Artists could apply for either day or both.
Isn’t it interesting that it’s the successful shows who ask how to improve? Poorly run shows never ask! I guess they don’t know how much they don’t know.
Following their now tradition of the May show being held at the Village Gate Atrium, the fall show will be held at the Main Street Armory. It’s an interesting old building – worth the price of admission (free!) just to see it, including the ladies room! And the first 25 shoppers through the door, receive a swag bag containing items donated by the artists. It’s noteworthy to mention, there’s always a line, waiting for the doors to open at 10:00.
I was telling a fellow artist the other day, a Mayday regular, that I remember going to the first show they held 4 years ago. It was in an old building on St. Paul, if I remember correctly. There was all this talk about an “indie” show and I had to see for myself what it was all about. I admit, I was skeptical – so skeptical I didn’t apply, which is a little unusual for me. Unlike some artists, I don’t mind trying a show in its first year, getting in on the ground floor, so to speak.
So I went to see for myself. Oh. Now I get it! I’ve been a fan ever since and have been honored to be accepted to a number of the shows.
Every May and November, when the acceptances come out, there’s a big brouhaha on our Rochester Artisans email list created by people unhappy they were not accepted. Like over the top, excessively unhappy. I honestly don’t get it. No other show seems to elicit this type of response.
I think it’s ageism, to be honest. Amanda and Casey are young women putting on a highly competitive show. And what’s this “indie” all about, anyway? Humans tend to attack what they don’t understand.
Simply put, “indie” is using traditional materials in new ways (embroidery done in a tattoo style) or using new materials in traditional ways (weaving baskets with computer cable). Ha! I started to type weaving baskets with telephone wire but that’s actually an old material in these wireless, cellular days.
I probably should not have brought up the brouhaha – because miraculously, it didn’t happen for this November show! Maybe we’ve finally hashed it to death. Amen! As I like to say, “There are a bazillion other shows and they just freed you up to apply to another show that is more suitable to your craft and where you’ll be more successful.”
It’s also a Sample Soap collection site so kindly bring your personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, unopened toiletries, lotions, diapers, cosmetics). Sample Soap distributes them to the neediest citizens in the Greater Rochester, NY area.
And the Flower City Follies will be performing on Sunday at 3:00.
I highly recommend you stop by this weekend and see all the wonderful artists selling their handcrafted goods.
November 2 & 3
10:00 – 6:00
Mayday Underground Crafts + Art
Rochester Main Street Armory
900 East Main Street
Beadwork by Amanda
Fly Rabbit Press
Peaches Products – 3rd Place in Mixed Media, Corn Hill Art Festival 2013
Pine Tree Designs – 2013 RPO Bravo Award Winner; 2013 Honorable Mention at Artist Row (Saturday only.)