|Artist Jimmy Talarico|
Alright, so this is long overdue. This is the art walk update. Apologies for taking so long to get this out. Let's just say I've been busy.
So the first highlight is a legitimate sale, which was very exciting. The piece above was sold to a TA I teach with at MSU. He was eye balling the piece the whole time he was there and finally came out and said, "I really like that piece." Knowing he is a "broke college student" we worked out a deal. Let's just say he would not take it for free, which tells me he values it. How awesome is that?
I had so many people tell me they'd never seen art like mine before, which I took as a huge compliment. Good or bad, at least I'm finding my voice, even if I did get a strange reaction from one older gal during the first art walk.
Here's the story. She came out of the conference rooms where my work was hung and walked over by me. I offered her some wine, she declined. She looked like she was a bit disoriented, and after some awkward silence she turns to me and asks, "Do you have nightmares about earthquakes?"... Uh. No. :) I explained to her how my pieces ultimately are about hope, but hope usually comes after a realization of something missed or unattained. She said, "Huh." And kinda just left. It was pretty fun.
The other big moment for me was when an older gentleman and his wife came to see my work. I put up narratives with each piece and I could tell they were really taking their time reading and observing what was on the walls. When they walked out of the conference rooms this man had tears in his eyes then noticed I was the artist. His mouth kind of dropped and he walked up to me. With the utmost respect and appreciation he said, "Thank you so much for showing your work publicly." I was floored. We talked for about 5 more minutes and parted ways. All I could think was, "This is exactly why I am an artist." Incredible.
Jimmy & Melinda Talarico
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