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Barrington IL, It was a beautiful show until the storm came :(

So sad...I had my 1st show in 8 years, Barrington IL Art Festival by Amdur Productions. Very organized, easy setting, tons of parking. Show was right in the middle of town, coffee and cupcake shops, adorable gift stores and boutiques set in old style homes,tons of local independent business, banks and investment companies, the town is charming, beautiful amazing houses, mansions with horses.

Saturday was chilly and  light rain couple times. People browsing, I didn't have a good day but too early to judge. 

Sunday was starting to be crowded, people finally coming inside my booth,tons of families excited to be out for Memorial Day, they were asking questions, leaving their e mails, I was 11:00 am,starting to feel excited when they notified us to secure our tent because a storm was coming. End of the story...storm came, hitting hard, I got in my car and went to Mc Donald's drive through to kill some time, then I came back to check my EZ UP, EASY DOWN tent. I'm glad I did. Water on the roof was just about to cause a disaster. Other artists helped me to on do my tent so the water just came down like a waterfall. Amdur team told us that storm was coming heavier so just go ahead and pick up, we wouldn't be penalized.

There's always good things in bad things, all I can say is that I am glad I met wonderful artists and they helped me to take all my tent and displays down in minutes and load my car, everybody soaking wet and they didn't care, they were all helping other artists. I'm looking forward to see them in other shows that we will be doing this season, we will stay connected :). It's 1pm and I'm already home blogging, geez! Thank you weather!

Please, tell me not to get disappointed and all sows are not like this!

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Tags: Barrington, Chicago, IL, amdur, art, festival, productions, show, storm

Comment by Annette Piper on May 29, 2011 at 5:15pm
Oh Carla, it sounded so good before the storm. Unfortunately mother nature takes her wrath out in the most inconvenient spots.  You obviously delighted the crowd and that  exposure will help!  Hope you get some sales from it down the track.
Comment by Carla Bank on May 29, 2011 at 8:53pm
Thank you ladies! And you are right, I didn't lose any art and my panel and canopies are safe :)
Comment by Connie Mettler on May 30, 2011 at 8:17am

and you weren't too far from home, adding to the expenses. Now that you've got your feet wet, are you raring to go to the next one?

An artist at the NAIA Conference said he participated in 37 shows in 2010 and it rained at 32 of them. The directors assured him they'd keep him on the "wait list." LOL

Comment by Carla Bank on May 30, 2011 at 11:40am
You are right Connie, and Oh well, that's Chicago! Famous for crazy weather!
Comment by Donna Sauers on May 30, 2011 at 9:13pm

Carla, did our paths cross in the coffee shop where we all gathered to watch the radar?!  My weekend was like yours.  Sat was "ok" and crowds were light.  Since it was cold I think it kept people away hoping for a better Sunday.  Sunday started out stong for me and had the potential of a great day.  But mother nature had other plans.  I'm just glad that everyone was safe and no work was lost (that I know of).  On an upside, I got to visit with some artist friends that we never have a chance to catch up during shows so that was nice.. however... we all would have preferred to be selling!!

 

For the first time I had a major issue with water on the top of my tent (I usually clamp it down to keep it taught which helps).  One of my neighbors came to the coffee shop to tell me I had some bad water puddling and I figured it was like usual and I would use my pedestal (has a flat top and good for pushing out water) to get it out.  A couple of others went with me to help and it was really bad!  I noticed I was set up "wonky" and one side in the back was slightly lower than the others (one pin hole) so all the water drained to that area. So much water that it was going to bring my tent down.  So... took out my exacto and put a slice in it.  We got a good giggle from the visual.  I needed a new top since mine has started to leak and wasn't fitting well lately (I have had it 5 yrs).  Easier to buy a new top than to risk having to rebuild my displays if the tent colapsed - and any damage to my neighbors in the process!

Comment by Anita Elaine Peters on May 31, 2011 at 8:34am
Saturday seemed a little slow for me too.  I live in the area and neighbors and friends told me that they were planning on coming out on Sunday.   We all know how Sunday went - oh, well maybe next year.
Comment by Donna Sauers on May 31, 2011 at 10:18am

It was nice meeting you at the show Diana and hope our paths cross again.  And.. love your work!

 

Comment by Carla Bank on May 31, 2011 at 11:44am
Are you guys doing another show in Chicago area soon? Which one? Donna, were was your booth? I don't think we crossed paths monitoring the radar, I was in my Lalaland thinking that there was not going to rain trying to "think positive" I am so sorry everybody :( Hope our next show rocks!!
Comment by Donna Sauers on May 31, 2011 at 12:49pm
I was down on the end with the food and music.  Yep, we were thinking positively and then after the first wave someone said "that wasn't the big one".  Yish!  I primarily do shows in the area.  I'll be at Hinsdale, Cantigny, Arlington Heights, Oakbrook, Glenview, Batavia, Geneva, Lakeview, West End.  Hmmm... I think that is it besides Beckman's at the Mart for the wholesale side of the biz.
Comment by Phil Marty on May 31, 2011 at 1:52pm

Though the rain pretty well wrecked the day, it's too bad that most people packed up and left either during the rain or when it stopped. I and some artists reopened a little after 3 when it cleared and, while there weren't tons of customers, some did in fact show up during the next hour and a half. I sold a couple of matted photos and talked with a woman who's interested in commissioning a large canvas wrap, so glad I stuck around.

 

That said, a number of artists I talked with reported little or no sales for the show despite it being well-organized and the Barrington village officials being very helpful.

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