Earlier this week, my wife and I ventured north for an early Christmas visit with her sister and her husband…who live on Torch Lake, Michigan…which is near Bellaire. The visit had several agendas: one was for the Christmas visit and merriment…the other to continue to check out the area. You see, we plan to move up to Traverse City…which is about 45 minutes to the east of Torch Lake…hopefully the early part of 2013. But this is a separate story….
We arrived at their house late Monday night and had an enjoyable dinner and visit. Tuesday was spent exploring more of Traverse City and that nearby area. Come Wednesday, they took us to visit Petoskey, Michigan which sits on Lake Michigan. It was a cold, snowy, blowy afternoon when we arrived in Petoskey but the town proved to be quite delightful!! Among other things, we discovered a shoe store like no other! Not only did it have all the right styles…but also all the sizes. Unheard of around were I live! And…it was decorated with a wonderful assortment of vintage items…none of which were for sale. We spent sometime in here browsing…I didn’t buy any shoes but did buy a hat and some socks…again…another story. But I digress from the main point of this posting…
Our first stop was the Crooked Tree Arts Center. This is a wonderful center that was showcasing the work of many northern Michigan artists as part of their holiday festivities. All of the work was tastefully displayed…and for sale. Now…thinking about my blog…and bringing home ideas for future pieces…I took out my iPhone and started taking snaps of some great assemblage works. It wasn’t but a short moment later that I was approached by someone in the Center and asked not to take photos. I instantly apologized and put my iPhone away. (Please understand that there was no notice about photography in the exhibit area.)
I have different thoughts about this policy. While I respect an artist’s wishes not to have their work photographed, on the other hand I have no problem with the casual photography I was doing. I wouldn’t mind my work photographed in this manner…feeling that a prospective buyer might want to take photos with them for future reference. So…I’m running another poll to check how you all feel about this. Do you approve of a no photo policy? Look to the bottom of this post…and vote!
We did end up buying two pieces…two tiles by Pat and Chip Denison of Denison Tiles. These are now hanging on our bathroom wall between our sinks. (The pics below were taken from this vantage point!)