Myers earns sixth award at traveling art show
Earlier in July, Spencer artist Mel Myers sat at his booth at the art show in Marshalltown, Iowa. Behind him was displayed his work of the past six months, approximately 100 pieces of ceramic pottery. He's been traveling around during that time, showing his work at various art shows around the Midwest.
At the art show in Marshalltown, Myers booth earned him an award, his sixth, for 3D artwork. The booths are judged during the show, and awards are handed out for 2D artwork and 3D artwork.
"A lot of people give up on traveling art shows too early," Myers said. "It takes a while, it's a craft of its own."
Myers first learned about the art shows through word-of-mouth, and through newspapers and other publications.
About nine months before the show, the organizers collect applications and jury fees.
"The jury is the lord and masters of domain who pick who's in the show," Myers said. "Even though not all of the shows are judged."
Those who are accepted then pay a booth fee, and set to gathering their work to sell.
In his time traveling, Myers has been to Marshalltown, Des Moines, Ames, Iowa City, Mason City, and Art in the Park at the lakes.
"I love meeting different people and coming into contact with the diversity," Myers said.
He recalled one experience at the Mason City art show. The museum was located in a small Tudor-style house close to four heavily-populated churches. After church, the congregations were encouraged to attend a free pancake breakfast and walk around the art.
"It was like watching live television walk by," Myers said.
One man, tall, with bright white hair and elegantly dressed, came up to him and they started a conversation.
"I told him he was the most sharp dressed man I'd seen in forever," Myers said.
Over time they started to get to know each other. Though they had their differences, they kept a good conversation.
"It's not always money that keeps score," Myers said.