When you want to see the best in class artists and craftspeople in the Southeast, you need to visit the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville, NC. Here is a secret snap picture for you to get a high level view of the center. The only people who are able to present their wares for sale in the center are members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
There is a three step process to apply for the Guild – a letter, a visual jury (photographs of your work), and the final object jury of your actual work. I have applied before and made it to the objet jury, then was declined. I know artists who tried for years before being accepted. There are currently over 700 artists in the Guild. I am going to apply again this year…if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
The question I ask is how many times are you willing to try again before you give up? It can be hard to face the pain of trying, knowing that you might fail. So sometimes we avoid risking in order to not fail…and yet that guarantees we will fail. By not trying we avoid both pain and risk. So it is better to try and fail than to never try at all.
I encourage you to try again. If you have tried and did not succeed, regroup, repair, and try again. Waht you want is worth the efforts. Your dreams and your future are worth it, for many , many, many tries. If the wonderful artists in the sOuthern Highland Craft Guild are an example, you will eventually win…so go for it!