On the way to Davidson, at 5 in the morning, in the rain, on a back road, Hart’s trailer had a flat tire. And being mechanically inclined, she didn’t find it too difficult to figure out how to jack up the trailer, remove the flat tire and put on a spare. Back on the road, again, two miles later, the spare tire failed. By this point, there wasn’t time to call AAA or a family member to bring a new spare and still make it to the event by the set-up time. An overwhelmed and tearful Amy Hart called it quits. Just two exits from her destination. She contacted Tina Gibson (the woman in charge of the Davidson event) and told her she wouldn’t make it this year because she and her trailer were stranded with a bad tire and she would not make the 9:30 arrival deadline.
The response from Tina was unexpected.
Tina told Hart the town would wait for her. That’s how important Amy Hart and her art were to the event.
So Hart called in reinforcements, put on a new tire and went on to Davidson. And managed to arrive right at 9:30.
But this is only part of the real story of Hart's weekend in Davidson.
You see, Hart had recently lost her scrap metal supplier (Hart works with repurposed metal and discarded farm implements). As a result of foraging for metal in unusual places, her art had begun to change, incorporating new types of metal in new ways. The Davidson show was Hart's debut for the new style of art. And on that Saturday, hands covered in grease and feeling overwhelmed, Hart SOLD OUT of everything. And made enough money to replace the old unreliable trailer.
The last time she experimented with new styles and mediums, Hart created an art piece depicting angels on roller-skates. Channeling the gypsy life of a festival artist and somehow foretelling her own experience, this piece was prominent in her mind at the end of the Davidson weekend. “Sometimes you have to put on roller-skates,” Hart says. “Harness the feeling of fear and go anyway. “ After the tears and joys of this series of events, Amy was so grateful for the support of the art community, the town of Davidson and Tina Gibson. Without Tina’s encouragement and the community of artists pulling her forward (angels, perhaps?), the best weekend of this artist’s career would have ended instead on the exit ramp with a flat tire. So perhaps, in this case, life follows art?
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