I want to post about my first real job. The one that took me in as a thirteen year old (hello work permit!) and spit me out as a young adult, at twenty three. It was a job that I cherish to this day, and will always thing of with incredible fondness and pride. No job will ever be Art Things again, as it should be, but I wish I had “cherished” it more when I was there. I started working there in the late Summer of 1987, just before my first year of High School. My family lived on Melvin Avenue in Annapolis MD, and Art Things was a beautiful idyllic 10 minute walk up the street, through the neighborhood and then business district of West Annapolis. Art Things at that time employed around seven women, who acted as additional mothers to me at first. The personnel varied only slightly, and the core group are still there to this day, which is incredibly comforting in a world that always changes around you. Art Things has changed over the years as well, and it’s changes since I left in 1998 are strange to my eyes, as the switch from spiral staircase to “regular” stairs was probably strange for others when the construction happened during my tenure there.
These women helped “train” me to be a good human and man, and we were all encouraged to use and know all of the art supplies that the store sold – it was and is a dizzying array of supplies, and the things I learned there over the years have served me VERY well in my art, hobbies, home repair, and life. They taught me to “always leave a toilet seat down when you leave a bathroom”, and that “adding acrylics over oils will cause a horrible mess that will never dry or cure” – stuff EVERYONE should know. The clientele were also amazing. We had regulars we both loved and hated to see walk through those doors, and some still shop there – I love to hear about them! I could go on and on and on about these wonderful people and experiences, but I’ll let some pics speak for themselves. A large component of our work days were distilled into doodles and notes – little missives we sent back and forth to each other, and I apparently saved and was given many of them!
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