When you travel to an art show and you spend time setting up the booth and talking to everyone about the work that you do sometimes you can get lost in the day to day activity of just doing your job. Make no mistake, its a great job,particularly when people respond favorably to the work and when sales are brisk. There is however another part of the art show that is particularly special. Every now and again a show will recognize you for the quality of your work among your peers and when that happens it is a very special moment. It has always been a challenge for all the artists at any show to find some way to distinguish the level of their work from their peers at a show and today with the influx of booths full of imports and artists who have decided to take shortcuts in their artistic approaches, well some days it is next to impossible.
The screenprints that Steve makes take months to do and we have made a conscious decision not to ever make reproductions of any kind. We have other artist friends who also make things that take enormous amounts of time and energy to produce. For many art patrons, this can get lost in all the booths ,displays, and the price tags . In Park City this month we were joined by other artists by being rewarded with a Best in Show acknowledgement in our category. It means we are invited back next year and for us it means the hard work is validated by the Kimball Art Museum team. That always feels good and keeps you up for the next show when you need to explain the process one more time...
Bonnie Harmston works side by side with her husband Steve and travels the art show circuit with him.