Looking back, it seems those 38 days in Market Square passed in the blink of an eye. But we were still pretty pumped on December 23rd when we emptied the Chalet, packed up the van, and took our traditional final “that’s a wrap” picture. We are done!
So what happens next?
Every year in the aftermath of our hectic holiday season, Tom and I often wonder…who received a gift of my art? Did they like it? What did they think when they saw the painting?
Well, this year I got some idea when I happened to receive an email entitled “Happy Customer,” so I couldn’t wait to read it! It was from a woman named Denise, who wrote:
Last Christmas my son purchased the print of Consol Energy Center at your booth in Market Square. He was in Market Square again this past Sunday and was at your booth with Ally, his girlfriend. Alex was telling Ally how neat it would be to have the prints of PNC Park and Heinz Field. Much to his surprise, those two prints, plus the print of the Civic Arena were waiting for him under the tree on Christmas morning.
He was so excited!!!!! He was wondering how I could have possibly known that he wanted those prints and that I had time to get them under the tree. (I purchased the prints during your open house in October.)
Thank you for using your incredible talent and bringing so much joy to us all through your artwork. Those prints will keep Alex’s memories alive forever.
I had a huge smile on my face as I read this. First, I was thrilled that she had attended my Trunk Show – she had bought those two prints long before Christmas! Also, I was pleased that her son had visited my booth with his girlfriend and shared his wish list. And finally, I was grateful that Denise thought enough to write it all down and share it with me.
In the Spirit of the Holidays, I want to remind you all how grateful I am for you and for the blessings – big and small – of the season. If you read my last email, you know I’ve been very fortunate this year to hear so many heartwarming stories at my Chalet… stories that will bring me joy all through the year in 2019.
Finally… from all the Barnicott family to all of you – Have a happy and fulfilling New Year! Let’s make 2019 the best year yet.