As you've probably noticed I've broken up my story into 3 segments. Having it all in one post would have been much too long and, understanding how valuable one's time is, I didn't want to make my blogging friends feel trapped reading a mile long post.
Anyway to continue onwards ...
Photo of my beadwork lariat necklace. Super long at 72" and embellished with tassels of beadwork fuchsia flowers and leaves, this necklace sold in less than 3 weeks at the ArtCenter Manatee.
With reservations the ArtCenter Manatee agreed to give my beadwork jewelry a chance, so from September through November I was on trial. I think they were surprised to find that my jewelry was actually selling and when the curator of the art center's Artisans' Market, printed out an invoice for all the items of mine that had sold during that time frame, she was pleasantly awed to see a grand total of over $1,000.
Needless to say there is no longer a question of whether or not they will be accepting my beadwork jewelry into their market. Of course the ArtCenter receives 40% of my sales but since they're the ones collecting the sales tax and paying the fees that credit card processing incurs and, most importantly, since they are a nonprofit organization, I have no qualms with their cut of the pie.
So in the end I still have all my eggs in one basket but I will continue to keep my eyes open for any new venues that may look promising.
Close-up of the beaded fuchsia flower tassles.