Shadow Art Fair judging has killed my brain

I just spent the last five hours judging applications for the December 5 Shadow Art Fair, and I really don’t feel like blogging tonight… Sorry, but my head is numb from sorting through images of silk-screened gnomes, giant ceramic owls, and the like.

It may be a bit premature, as the decision has yet to be ratified, but I’m pretty sure that this piece by Rachel Auriemma is going to be the winner of our poster competition… Isn’t it lovely?


And, if you applied to be in the Shadow and don’t get in this time, please don’t take it personally. We had close to 150 applications from brilliant folks, and we had to make some incredibly difficult decisions… Seriously, there was very little crap this time. (And, if you can believe it, there wasn’t even a single instance of handbag pissing.)

Judging sucks. It sucks saying no to people, especially when they’re friends, and they’re huge supporters of the Shadow. But my hope is that people understand, and stick with us. There’s nothing we like better than bringing new people into the Fair, and welcoming back old friends. So, if you don’t make it in this time, please get back up on the horse and try again.

Good night, my invisible friends.

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  1. dan
    Posted October 5, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Real artists don’t submit work. They wait for you to peek in their windows and discover them. Lazy bastard.

  2. Posted October 6, 2009 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    I’ll have to remember that the next time a cop asks me why I’m peeking in someone’s window.

  3. Ned
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Please tell me that there with be a pet euthanasia booth this time. You always say there will be, and every time I show up with my cat, but I’m always disappointed.

  4. Lemmy
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    I don’t have a good fudge recipe, or access to a commercial kitchen, but I have an idea for something called Frog Bottom Fudge. I think it could be huge. If anyone backs out, could I have a table?

  5. Scott K
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Would the Frog Bottom Fudge be anything like Crunchy Frog Chocolates?

  6. Sarah Smith
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Will the Mustache Sisters be there?

  7. kjc
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    cool. any plan to increase space? last time was the first time i really felt like the crush of people and limited space kept me from buying things. the browsing aspect was compromised. i know you guys wanna keep it small. i just felt like i couldn’t really get the time to look at people’s stuff.

    either way, looking forward to it.

  8. Dawn
    Posted October 6, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    cool poster! good colors!
    browsing space, huh, i like that idea.

  9. Oliva
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I humbly am following up on a sort of surly post the other day (under other topic) re. not enough grassroots passion by those wanting meaningful change to help save us all . . . and probably that very night Mark posted this piece about the Shadow Art Fair judging, so many submissions, this mighty fine creation and town jewel, and that night too a nice neighbor forwarded a public letter sent from Councilman Murdock to share other good news:

    The Prospect Park Summit group “Friends of Prospect Park” has won the Keep Michigan Beautiful Michigan Plaque Award for “programs and activities that substantially contribute to environmental improvement, clean up, beautification, site restoration and historical preservation”.

    Nice town, eh?
    Where hope gets actualized.

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