Back in November four of my girls (& ultimately me) were in our first ever art show; The Hattiesburg Arts Council 2018 Emerging Artists Exhibit, which was held at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center (our former library built in the late twenties).
You submit your work for this show and they choose you... or not. I wasn't chosen back in 2015 and didn't try again until last year and was accepted. I think that they did not have enough interest & needed to fill spaces. I say this because in the years between 2015 & 2017 they stated the deadline and that was that. In 2018, they kept sending out notices of "get your submissions in!" and they even extended the deadline; but I'll take it.
It even ended up rather well in a weird way. None of my pieces sold, but the Lady In Charge and her Second In Command, I believe were not all that impressed with my work when it was submitted. Why do I say this? Because the second in command seemed slightly impressed when I dropped them off in person, but only after seeing them. Then the day of the show both him and the LIC were all amped up about them. They couldn't stop saying how much they loved the pieces (and not in that fake way) and giving ideas on how to expand like sewing the actual outfits or making plushie dolls or making the intricate jewelry.
So, odd reactions that escalated, but I'm used to that. I have found over the years that my art is hit or miss. If you have to see it enough you might even grow to really like it. Might. But also interesting idea's, though I doubt I could actually sew the clothes, but I could make dolls possibly, perhaps even jewelry.
People also didn't just merely pass the pieces by. They stopped, they really looked, and they read the information, because of course I supplied the information about them; the educational summary that tells you exactly what girl from which region you are looking at. Though I received no personal compliments or questions from any people at the show, it was still nice to see them actually stopping and looking.
And though she didn't say it to me, Betty Press, who we're familiar with now did say that Datoga was accurate (she said it to The Sister), which I took as a compliment since out of all the people in Hattiesburg she's actually met and spent time with the Datoga people when she lived and photographed in Africa.
So, let's meet the girls who were in the show, shall we?