Thursday, August 14, 2008

ARt Fairs! aRt FAiRs!

So it has been a summer full of making things, long hours listening to books on tape, packing things carefully, driving (usually in the early morning), setting up a small 10x10 gallery inside of a pop up tent usually on the street, selling stuff and getting lots of sweet feedback (thank goddess!) and then tearing it all down, packing it up(trying to figure out how it all fit in the van), more driving, unloading and reorganizing, lay on couch recovering, drink margaritas...
rinse and repeat.....

The Bothell Art festival was held in a beautiful park along side the river. It was a first year festival which is always a bit of a risk, but the festival management was so sweet and supportive they continually brought around cold water for us which was heaven because the temperature soared in the late 90's that weekend. Which is way too hot for us coastal shade flowers. It wasn't the most financially beneficial show, but lots of good feedback and some good laughs...
The entertainment was over the top cheesy featuring world famous performing pigs (no I am not kidding) and the rock and roll hypnotist.... lol



Anacortes Arts Festival was good! This was my 4 or 5th year back, so it was easy set up, tear down. I camped for the first time in combination with doing a fair, which was both good and bad. I got a lot more sleep than usual during a show because I wasn't driving home and didn't have any of homes distractions to keep me up. But the down side was it was cold and rainy and it was bit like living in an apartment complex with no walls. Lots of dogs, children, lights, etc...
Financially was better than last year and that was with no functional pottery and way more mixed media work... YEAH!!! Figured out a new way to display my mixed media jewelry and it seemed to work well with lots of jewelry purchases....

Bella Strada, Bellingham's own lil art festival.. I was nice to do a show in my home town. 15 min drive, familiar people and food. It started off a bit, OK a lot rainy which is no fun to set up in, but got better as the day went by and had quite lovely weather on Sunday.. Sold lots of new bigger original mixed media pieces, which is always so exciting.. It means I can make new ones.. A fellow Artfester bought my new Mary cross to go in her room of crosses and was sweet enough to send me a picture of it in its new home!

1 comment:

machinarex said...

An odd query...a few years back, I attended Artfest, while I was there, I purchased a ceramic figure...kind of vaguely mermaidish in form, with nails that came out from her "tail."

Seeing your work here makes me wonder if you're the artist? (of course at the moment I'm away from home and can't provide a photo)

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