I've been going to New York every May for 15 years now. The first 14 of those were spent exhibiting at Surtex. It's where I built the foundation for my art licensing business; it's where I met favorite clients and dear friends, it's where I learned and grew into the businessperson I am today.
This year, however, has been different. The art licensing industry, and life in general for that matter, is a living, changing, organic thing: growing, stretching, twisting - never the same. Growing and stretching with it (or when possible, just ahead of it!) is necessary for survival. Change is good! And it was time for a change. For me and my business, focus has been the key word this past year. Focusing on work I love to do, people and companies I love to work with, art I love to create. Exibiting at the show had started to get in the way of that for me. It was a big decision. A long, slow, sometimes difficult one. But then change can be like that. And after all is said and done, I feel an incredible sense of peace and satisfaction about it.
I still ended up in New York in May, but this time it was with a very specific and focused agenda. I visited my friends at Henry Glass, whose offices are there. I got to spend time with a few other favorite clients who were in the city for Surtex. I helped a good friend out in her booth a little bit, and was able to walk through NSS and Surtex and soak in all the great energy and inspiration those shows had to offer. And best of all, I spent quality time with some of my favorite people, really enjoying the city. Amazing friends graciously opened their homes and entertained me - it was a blast, all of it.
The sky over the Metropolitan Museum of Art - from inside and out on the rooftop
A people-watching stroll through Central Park
An awesome time with good friends at the NSS Party on the Battery, what a gorgeous night
Stunning dogwood blooms in Sue Zipkin's garden.
Feeling so blessed to have such great friends and to work with such awesome people, and to have the opportunity to spend time with them all like I did.
Here's to New York in May, hooray!