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I haven't written a review in quite a while......Things have been busy and I have been on the road way too much.....as all of you know the drill. But I thought I would review a show I did for the first time last weekend in Memphis, a place I haven't seen too many reviews from and this show was not the easiest to get a read on beforehand. I like to try new ones though and I have a pretty good track record with choosing smaller venues that usually are well worth it.
It was the 65th year of the Fairhope Arts Festival this past weekend. In a cute suburb of Mobile Alabama, the show hosts 236 artists throughout the town's main cross streets. It's 300 dollars to participate with a prize chest of over 10 thousand dollars. The show is a three day event that starts at ten each day and ends at 6 on Friday and Saturday and then on 5 on Sunday.
Load in on Thursday at 6 pm was pretty uneventful and was easy to maneuver as was load out. The show is set up in…Continue
Just a short review of the last show I did in Naperville, Illinois. It was the only show I had scheduled for this month and since I had done well at Old Town I thought that heading back to the Chicago area would be more of the same. That's the thing about this business.....it takes you high and then it BAM...slaps you right in the face. Ha!
Naperville Woman's Club Art Fair is located in Naperville Settlement, a re-enactment of a early mid-west village with all the "feels".…Continue
Just wanted to get a shout out to the guys at "Flourish" who so kindly accommodated me when I was lucky enough to win the third prize, the Mesh Panels, in the Fund Drive Auction.
Honestly, I hardly ever win anything. In my twenties I won a car in a "Paint a Body" contest.....That's the biggest thing I can remember. This was just as good! I love that so many of us were able to win something. How many times does that ever happen.
And most of all Thanks to Connie, who keeps this…Continue
This past weekend I was at Old Town, this year's AFI listed #1 show. I was a bit skeptical since I was there last year and just did ok, no great shakes. Not that is was bad, but sometimes when you do a show for the first time the payback isn't as good as your expectations.
That didn't stop me from sending in my money this year when I happily got accepted. The show is well organized and about two weeks before, you get a packet with all that is necessary to be able to understand what…Continue
It's always a pleasure, when you drive up to load in for a show and three people say to you."How can we help". Kind of takes you aback...doesn't happen too often.
The Decatur Arts Festival is so well organized and is outfitted with such a great volunteer staff, that I knew from the moment I got there that this would be a show I would want to come back to. Once everything was unloaded and put on the sidewalk by the volunteers, I went to park and came back to set up. It was all very…Continue
Hi Guys, Yesterday was Mother's Day and my kids chipped in to give me money to finally get one of those Hollywood padded green show chairs that everyone who has done shows for a while has. I have been sitting on a folding stool (mostly standing-really) and I thought I should finally trade up.The ones on Amazon are 400 dollars and I know there are other options. I have read an older review -so I don't want to beat a dead horse but if you know a better price...I would appreciate it.
Just got back from 4 Bridges Art Fair in Chattanooga,Tennessee tonight. When I pack up from a show and drive home I can never get to sleep that night...I don't know what it is...I'm always beyond tired but jazzed also. Anybody else have that problem? Anyway, while I'm staring at the walls... I thought I would do a review of this lovely mid-sized show.
Friday is set up all day, the committee is there to give you the packets from 8 a.m on. A.V.A, the group that has put on this festival…Continue
I don't even know how to explain this show.....except that last Fall I went to a show in Covington, Louisiana that I really liked... not just for the fact that it was a good solid sales show for me, but also because I just really liked Louisiana( a first time for me) ... and it didn't hurt that they also have great food and know how to make an excellent Bloody Mary.
So, since I have never been able to crack the hard shell entry to the New Orlean's Jazz Fest in the last four years,…Continue
This was my first shot at Winter Park after three years of applying. I had to read it twice when I got the acceptance, I was so excited. A lot of my friends seem to judge their Spring season in terms of acceptance to this show, everyone was excited for me and I don't think I came up for air during the months of January and February, making new work to show. I had done Gasparilla two weeks before which was a great show for me and was looking forward to Winter Park.
It's a huge show…Continue
There has been a bit of negativity on the sight lately and I totally understand...a few bad shows in a row will rock you, make you wonder if it's all worth it and make you question your sanity-Ha! I find that most of the time when that happens I just wait it out and pack up and head out to the next show. It sort of becomes an addiction I think....If I'm home for a while I get antsy and crave a road trip...but give me a few shows that suck and I just want to hunker down with a good book and…Continue
Attended Centerfest in Durham in September on the 19th-20th... and it was a scorcher. One of the hottest shows I have ever done and not a great show to have encaustic at. It was so hot that the paramedics had to come and take one exhibitor to the hospital who had heat stroke. The show is laid out in full sun on the downtown streets.
It was early morning set up, some were allowed to set up that night before but most had the early set up at 7am, with the show starting at…Continue
Many of you might know about this already.... and I am coming to the game late...but it is something we have all heard of somewhere on the trail out there- and we definitely need to be aware of.
Yesterday afternoon I received a post on Facebook from an artist in Asheville who posted a painting and said that a company was selling it on-line without her permission. Of course my ears perked up and I thought if it could happen to her-it could happen to a lot of us.
So, It's the first day of July and I am about to finalize my Fall schedule of shows and organize my whole life until Christmas. It certainly isn't a impetuous life we lead in this business....always thinking 6 months ahead and trying to make the funds to do that... while still making art and paying for that too. It's a roller coaster for me...I'll admit, with a great show, intermixed with some not so great and the wheel keeps spinning around.
I love it, it fits my temperament, but I…Continue
I haven't been writing reviews lately although after a three week run ( I am seriously going to try to never do that again) I thought I might do a short review of the three shows I went to. Hope it helps somewhat- of course this is just my account so hopefully everyone who attended any of these shows will chime in with their take. I'm just getting back on my feet and heading into the studio today to get ready for the next round in July.
First up: The Tubman Museum Sidewalk…Continue
Sorry this is so late, I was suppose to go to Gasparilla last weekend and I got stuck in the snow in Tennessee and never got down there and meant to do a review of ACC but dang...I forgot. So hear we go.
This was my first show of the year after spending January and half of February in my studio working and it too almost didn't happen because of the weather but luckily the freeways were clear and I made it up there to Baltimore in time. I was just part of the retail show, it's a…Continue
I have been doing shows for almost five years now and I have truly run the gamut from "great" to "please shoot me and put me out of my misery" and I have to say that this past weekend ....I found my favorite show.
Picture this: Tuscaloosa Alabama, a home Alabama Football weekend, no available hotels under two hundred dollars...and smack dab in the middle of it all... the Kentuck Fine Arts Festival. Ok, honestly...does that sound like the scenario to a great show? Well, usually you…Continue
Hi guys....I juried into the retail section of ACC Baltimore and they sent me a map of the arena and asked me where I want to be, apparently when you send in your payment (ouch, ouch, ouch) you get a choice. Has anyone done the retail section before or just knows the layout of the place to recommend why is a good spot there? All of those places have dead spots and it's hard to know just looking at a huge map ( the show is a monster it seems). Grateful that this website is a plethora of…Continue
Last weekend was the Atlanta Fine Arts Festival in Piedmont Park in the middle of downtown Atlanta. There is no better place for a show- it's a beautiful, very welcoming park that is used daily by many in Atlanta. The show is laid out in a large circle on one side only so nobody has to compete with the artist's across for them.
There were about 200 artists this year. Load in is done very well with a specific time and a police escort. you have an hour to unload and park elsewhere and…Continue
First let me say, I have never done a Chicago show, so I have nothing to compare it to and beyond that Saturday was a rain out......but it certainly was not what I expected. After having a good solid show at Lexington the week before I headed to Chicago to hit the big leagues. Port Clinton is a huge show, over three hundred artists and spread out all over Highland Park in a- great for some, not so great for others, configuration.
I was by the train station at the dead end of the show…Continue