For the last 6 years or so, I've been exhibiting a number of paintings each year in a 3-day art show fund raiser put on by the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County. It's always held at the Burr Homestead, a spacious and beautiful old historic building in Fairfield, Ct. This year, I was particularly aware of each stage of the process for entering work. From the time I sent in my list of framed paintings and another of matted work, a team of dedicated Junior League women took over. They printed up my handwritten lists, created labels to attach to each piece, hung the show with hundreds of paintings, handled all sales, and had a system organized for the artists so they could help each one take unsold work down, check everything out and help with carry it to your car.
The effort that went into this very large show with 100 artists participating was enormous and impressive and handled almost or entirely by volunteers. I saw how the use of computers and attached printers, software design and accounting programs has increasingly fine-tuned the workings of the show and helped what could be utter chaos to instead be smoothly running.
The proceeds from sales at the show are divided between the artists and non-profit community groups who need financial support to keep running. It's a wonderful boon to each group.
I salute the women of the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County for their heroic efforts. Bravo for a job well done!