A few weeks ago, an artist I know declared, via social media, that they were thinking of giving up art for public consumption. They felt tired, drained and that they were giving too much into the world without it being a fair exchange. Their comment section became a flood of comments such as “don’t give up,” “hang in there,” and my all-time favorite, “keep working; you’ll make it someday!” I’m sure the comments from family, friends and associates of the artist were meant to be encouraging. I didn’t say anything. Although I think the artist’s work is good, I hadn’t been invested in it enough to warrant leaving a response. Besides, I’m okay with artists taking a break from art for public consumption; I’ve been in that place before.
This past Saturday I was at the Richmond Zine Fest. It was my first time ever visiting Richmond, VA. I had a fantastic time and met some great people, and some old friends from other zine fests I’ve attended. All this despite the day not starting off well for me.
Greetings and salutations!
I'm heading past state lines to Virginia next weekend for the Richmond Zine Fest. The event is a two-day event, with workshops happening on Friday the 29th and tablers on the 30th. I'm only going to be there on Saturday.
Here's a list of the other zinesters who'll join me:
I hope to see you there too.
Event: Richmond Zine Fest
Date: September 30th
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Place: Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA
Cost: Free (bring money to buy zines)
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