This posting is a follow up to my comments in November.
I made a donation to one of my favourite charities in early November - a special set of chargers made from wood they had given to me that included comments on the back about the story of the wood. I regret to say that once the donation was made I have heard nothing more from them. They have fallen into somewhat the same mold that I described before.
However, over Christmas, I met the couple that purchased the vase that I had put the reserve bid on. They really wanted the piece so I am happy that it is where it should be. I heard through the grapevine that the charger set went for several times its retail value and that the buyer is very pleased with the purchase. Again good news for the bidders and the charities. Not so great for the artist. This shouldn't be how we find out about these things!
Just this past week I have been approached by yet another group for a donation. I resolved to handle this differently. I suggested how I could make a valuable contribution but that the time was very short. I also asked that they read my blog and get back to me if they were still interested. I pointed out that if the past pattern was repeated, then my donation to them would be the last I would make to anybody.
I wasn't sure if I would hear from them but they called back yesterday.
We agreed that the time was too short for me to make a meaningful contribution to their event but we are going to put something special together for next year. Great. I don't have to jump through hoops in the next two weeks although I was willing to if they could have found the wood. Better to work on something very special that will be to the benefit to all concerned.
The blog had been read and they resolved not to be like the others. As I am not contributing this year I won't be able to test that resolve directly. However, I have several friends in the arts who have promised work and I will follow up with them to see how they are treated.
I will report back on this in my next posting.
If you are outside, may the wind be at your back. If you are inside may you find yourself with a good book by a merry fire. If you are in a warm climate, think of us but don't be smug!
Until next time...