Everyone does not need to get along.
I would rather that they didn’t, actually, because some of this friction is the fodder of growth and enlightenment.
But what I would like to see is that people support each other –
for example, as a person out in the community, whether an artist or a traditional business person, I would like to see people advertise each other’s events and businesses. I don’t see that happening right now.
I would like to see people on Facebook and Twitter share each other’s events and sales, or each artist share another’s exhibition. I don’t see that happening right now.
I used to do that, but I do not any longer….why is that you ask? I stopped because out of many of my friends, it seemed I was the only one doing it. I stopped because I could count on one hand the other artists doing it – and I can count on two fingers the number of traditional businesses who do it for others, especially their competition. I stopped because people came to expect it. I stopped because I was focusing on everyone else’s shows rather than my own work. So I stopped. No one else was doing it…. and I came to wonder …. why?
On one level, why can’t this be a mutual admiration society?
Are people so afraid to point “their” public in another’s direction? Are people so worried that their own income will be sacrificed if someone else is promoted? It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and dogs run in packs. Eventually there will only be a lone dog… and the lone dog will die….
I would like to see the local community support the local community. If you are on Facebook, what would it cost you to hit the SHARE button on local Okanagan events and happenings and press enter? Would it REALLY hurt you to hit the RT button on Twitter?
This is the season of giving, no matter what your faith. Give the gift of recognition – of the “I see you” to another person, or another person’s business. Remember The Miracle on 34th Street, the department store that helped people find gifts by promoting the competition?
“Ignoring instructions to steer parents to goods that Macy’s wants to sell, Kris tells one shopper (Thelma Ritter) to go to another store for a fire engine for her son that Macy’s doesn’t have. She is so impressed, she tells Julian Shellhammer (Philip Tonge), head of the toy department, that she will become a loyal customer. Kris later informs another mother that archrival Gimbels has better skates for her daughter.” Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_34th_Street
In the case of artists – I would like to see locals buy from locals. Why on earth would you go to HomeSense when you can buy original art for much less, and the quality is much higher?
Case in point, Studio 113, of which I am a member, has original artworks in the form of Christmas cards which can then be custom FRAMED! The cost for these? Under $15 and many are under $10 and $5. Get your framing done for about $30-$50 and there you go!! ORIGINAL art that will likely only APPRECIATE as we artists get older and the bonus?
Watch it skyrocket when we die.
Just kidding… kinda….
There are a ton of local stores, born and bred in the Okanagan, who need your business – who probably have terrific sales on – WHY NOT share them out on Facebook, or on Twitter?
Share share SHARE. Pass the info on, everyone is always looking to do better for himself as a buyer, so help out your fellow man, who may be a buyer AND a seller. Imagine if we did this the whole year long…. why not?