Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mind Your Manners -- Leslie Brier, Controversial Artist?

 I will start this post with a photo of the genteel Miss Bordeaux, who apparently fell asleep while reading a book of Victorian Spot illustrations. No wonder the pages are dog-eared!

And now, dear readers, I will recount for you a tale of someone who was not so genteel at the Dorothy Hart Community Center on Saturday night. I entered my Electrolux Baby (Circus 2)  in the sculpture category, and was delighted to find him sporting a blue ribbon when I  arrived at the show.

A few minutes later, a group of two couples approached. Upon seeing the blue ribbon, one of the women exclaimed, "You have got to be kidding!" and then went on to say how "ridiculous" it was. I realized she had a right to her opinion, but was surprised that she voiced it so loudly.

And then it got worse. She and her group finished touring the show and we both ended up at the sculpture row once again. This time she was even more vocal, and loudly declared it to be "disgusting" among other things.

Now if a friend were telling me this story, I'd say, "Well, I definitely would have said something." But you know what? I didn't. I couldn't. I didn't stand up for Electrolux Baby, and I'm not sure why. I guess I was taken aback at how strongly she seemed to feel about the situation.

And now that I've told this story, I feel much better. It is out of my system and we need never speak of it again.


Elizabeth said...

Well, first of all HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! Iwisht ath i ahd known, I would have loved to ahve seen it all and been there. I probably would ahve said something and gotten myslef into a lot of trouble- been there done that!! Some people just ahve to be the center of attention for waht ever reason. It is very interesting what some people have to get so upset about!!!!!
I LOVE ELECTROLUX BABY and I am so thrilled that the JUdges understood your vision and rewarded you for it!!! BRavo!!!!!!

Lee Lawrence said...

Leslie, I really like your art. The fact that somebody who saw 'electrolux baby' didn't like it, shows in a way, that your creations evoke strong feelings. Maybe that's a good thing for any art to do: it forces people to think. Remember how people hated Renoir and Monet when they exhibited in Paris at the turn of the century, so you're in good company!

Jenn said...

Sounds like she was very jealous. I'd love to know who she was so I could tell her what I think! You are gracious to keep it to yourself -- I don't know that I would have so much self control! You are a fantastic artist and I know you and Electrolux Baby deserved the ribbon.

Dianne said...


I was going to say the same thing as Lee; to have someone react that strongly means that you have done your job as an artist!

I'm loving the Victorian images. Jillian has all the rules now for her BLOG and once she gets started I will let you know! :)

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

That happens all the time in my booth where I sell vintage items. It's obvious that I'm the vendor because I'm moving furniture around and pricing things and someone will say it's horrible what "they" did to this piece and how that one's overpriced. ARG. Your piece was beautiful and deserving. And you've got a ribbon to prove it!