I done did it! I, along with 2 fellow artist friends, put on our own self-hosted art show. It was spectacular.
We worked on this for 6 months and it was amazing! I just decided to take the plunge and do something fun so I called out for 2 other artists and my friends Jess and Heather responded, also photographers, and we made it happen. We started with a few rules of agreeing on a theme (the Four Elements) and that we could only use photos we took this year. We had monthly deadlines (which were often missed) and meetings and discussions on food and music and setup. One woman used macro photography to express herself, another used landscape, and I used portraiture. It was an excellent mix. We also agreed to not show anyone our photos except the other and that part was excruciating! I was getting so excited and happy with my pictures but it was painful not to be able to share them with anyone.
We decided that we enjoyed it so much we're going to try and do this annually. Next year's theme is already planned out.
That being said, it is a bit of a relief to have it be over. The frustration in trying to communicate with the two other artists and meet up and all the planning --- I'm glad that parts over.
It was especially nice having our friends and family come out and support us and encourage us. It was hard at first, imaging that people were going to look and scrutinize and judge but I figured it couldn't be any different than submitting your art somewhat anonymously on the interweb, eh?