The Rennie Artist
During the unprecedented times of Covid-19 my community is one of the groups of people who have suffered most. Our world closed on March 13, 2020. Our jobs were gone. The place where we lived was no longer. And, it wasn’t just the loss of a job, but a community torn apart. Scattering in all directions, every one of us needed to find shelter; a place to lay our heads. Some were penniless, others had a few dollars. Our community gathered together in those last days, tearing down our booths weeks early, and helped feed those who were hungry, and offered any help we could. Some went home to family, some just lived in their car or on a friend’s couch.
It isn’t just the Rennie Artist, or their friends and neighbors at faire who have suffered; You, the Renaissance Festival Patron have had your world tipped upside down, too! You come every year, with big eyes and giant smiles. Embrace us, fawn over our work, and hold our hands while you tell us stories. We laugh, and fall in love all over again. We create the magic. We miss you, too. In the months since we closed down, I have seen so many posts on social media begging for any information about “that one artist, who makes that one thing”…or “I can’t remember which festival, but I think it was in Texas” or “Who makes those things, with the stuff??” And sometimes they find what they seek, and sometimes their posts get lost in the shuffle.
When speaking with a friend one day, I was lamenting the difficulty finding Rennie Artists through the social media platforms, and I mentioned building a website to bring them and the Patrons who love them together. She was excited about it, and said “I’m in”. I asked another friend, if she, too wanted to be involved — and she whole heartedly agreed, too. And so it began.
Thank you for coming, and be sure to check back as our artist collective grows.
Antoine — Queen Bee
Tech – Website Backbone
Graphics – Self Proclaimed Queen Bee
Some have asked if there is a way to donate to the cause…
if you’re one of them, we have set up a clickable button to donate any amount, below.