Several weeks ago I was presented with an opportunity by a fellow photographer and friend of mine. The opportunity; a chance to participate in a gallery showing in partner with the First Friday Art Walk hosted by “The Independent Center”. A non-profit that exists for the purpose of assisting and enabling folks with disabilities to be as independent as they can amongst the community. They were seeking people with disabilities to participate.
At first I thought there was no way that I would be available with Dad’s retirement and activities going on. I however wanted to reach out and see what future possibilities would present themselves. I wrote a nice e-mail and attached a PDF copy of mt story.
I received a rather fast response, saying they would love to have me and were very touched by my story. They understood though that I was busy but if I wanted to drop off my art they would be willing to display it for me. I inquired if they were going to do this night again and they told me not likely. I thought about it and figured this may be a one time opportunity. Since they were already touched by my story what an even better chance to tell others what God has done in my life! I told them I would do my best to squeeze it into my already packed schedule.
I hired my friend Jay to do all the printing, matting, and framing for me so I wouldn’t be to stressed. Plus hiring a vet was something I was supportive of. They shipped directly to me and Thursday night I dropped them off for setup by experienced artists.
Last night September 1st was the official showing and I couldn’t have been more pleased at the opportunity and job done my everybody! Thanks to the very special individuals who came out it support of the event! I personally sold one print and was able to cover half of my service charges. More importantly I was able to hand out my story and hopefully inspire and encourage others by what God has done in my life. Still yet to tell if future opportunities will come out of this but blessed to partake in this event. 🙂