I was one of many who got hit by the storm in Fairhope this past weekend. I was very lucky in that I had not put out my pottery yet. I lost my tent, some shelving (repairable), my show fees, gas, hotel, and any money I might have made from sales. But I didn't get hurt and my ceramic art survived intact in my vehicle.
I am grateful for those positives. Many of my fellow artists lost much more. A few tents down the ladies lost most of their large pieces of pottery.
I am even more grateful to the community of Fairhope, the Eastern Shore Art organization and a HUGE number of fellow artists. I have been humbled by the number of artists, some who only know me through Facebook, who've offered to loan tents, give tents, help me fix things.
During the storm, as I was trying to make heads or tales of the destruction, I was so appreciative for all the total strangers who stopped by on their way home from dinner or drinks to ask if they could help in any way. One person came by and handed out free dry shirts. Others stopped to see if they could help load up, clean up, go get something. What a wonderful community!
The volunteers and organizers were out in force trying to help. Everyone was so understanding and helpful.
I also appreciate my amazing cousin, Steve Boykin. He was next to me at the show and all of his paintings got soaked and/or hit the ground. He not only packed up his own mess but he helped me with mine.
I am taking a break from repairing and repainting things to write this. In the scheme of things I have minimal damage. It'll just take time and some dollars to be back on track. I already have a new tent, stabilizer bars are winging their way to my doorstep along with some other upgrades.
I'll be in Ridgeland, Mississippi for a show weekend after next, then will be in a show in Villa Rica, then on to Sandy Springs for the Artsapalooza. A few weeks after that I'll be hosting my Annual Spring Open Studio here at ceramics central.