Our 5th annual Open Studio was a big success! Over 200 people came throughout the day Saturday Nov. 7th. We enjoyed the fresh pressed hot mulled apple cider from this Fall's apple tree harvest, and Matt & Karine had made 14# of pimento cheese spread (they even grew their own pimentos!) Friends and neighbors came with appetizers including ham sandwiches and biscuits. No one should have left hungry!
Karine led the blacksmithing demonstrations this year, hammering out leaves for a walk-gate they are creating for a client. The new improvements to the power hammers made them incredibly quiet and 'easier on the ears' for our guests. She also demonstrated some hand forming using the swage block and did some detail work on the anvil. Each leaf was finally cut at the hardy at Karine's new anvil that she's just had re-surfaced and has been busy tooling up. Our dear friend, Chad Balster also had his hand blown glass on display and LOTS for sale as well... and just in time for the holidays!
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Later in the month, Karine and Matt presented at the Creative Industry Summit for the Kentucky Arts Council, at the Convention Center in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Karine lectured on Thursday, and Matt joined in for the panel presentations on Friday. We all know, it's hard to get Matt out of the shop for two days in a row! That was a special retreat. Their lecture "Tools of the Trade: Building Connections to Nurture Your Arts Business", was written by the both of them and discussed how Maynard Studios has grown and expanded their arts business in the past few years. Matt and Karine added personal insights on organizing and keeping the right records, networking with other artists and arts organizations, and tips on how to find the right resources.
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There were over 30 visiting national, state and local experts discussing with community and regional arts leaders, artists, arts business owners, creative entrepreneurs, main street directors, tourism commission members and directors, etc. One friend described it as a "$60 registration with $5M worth of ideas shared,". A truly great time was had by all! We are very fortunate to have the Kentucky Arts Council quantifying the role that the arts play in our Commonwealth. We were also very honored to be able to aid our fellow artists and businessmen and women by sharing our experience.
Toward the end of the month we had a visit by photography crew from Texas, and Tadd Meyers of The American Craftsman Project. We had been kickstarter sponsors for their book, and it was great to finally meet and give them a quick tour of our shop. Good luck on your next endeavors, guys! (Hope you enjoyed your time in Kentucky).