I'm so excited...and I don't think it's really even sank in yet. Preventing it from sinking in, I think, is some nagging technicalities that I'm hoping some of you may have the answer to.
I received two emails the other day. One about an art show in Jerusalem and another in the Ukraine. The show in Jerusalem wants me to send some pieces over. Great, I'd love to, but how do I get my work from here to there safely and how do I ensure it gets returned to me in the same condition? Packing my books is not the easiest thing in the world to do. I still have some that get damaged when I pack them, so how to I teach someone across the world to do it for the first time? Is there a way to take out insurance or something? Has anyone shipped like this before?
Email #2 is better. There is an equestrian center who is throwing an art show this summer. That struck me as a bit odd, but hey, whatever. They emailed asking for my books and if I'd attend the event. I wrote back saying I'd love to but financially, I just can't. So this morning I wake up to another email saying they'll pay for my flight. WHAT?!?! They want to know if I can bring some books with me and/or if I'll be able to make some while I'm there. Has anyone ever traveled with artwork? Is it better just to send it ahead of me?
I know I have to figure out the passport, visa, technical issues, but honestly, I'm most concerned with my books at this point. I've never been out of the country before. My longest flight was from Pittsburgh to New Orleans so I'm not the most experienced traveler. Any suggestions would be amazing! And, is anyone from there or been there? I can google the Ukraine and get info, but I'd like to hear about it from someone who has seen it.