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It was OK in OKC, The Paseo Arts Festival

First time at this show. People were very engaged, enthusiastic and appreciative of the art and artists. They asked meaningful questions and showed a lot of interest. That interest translated into sales. Although some sales were out of the bin (they chose the largest of my matted pieces) many sales came off of the walls! It has been a long time since I was at a show that paid off as this one did.

It should be noted that for many years, there has been a "scab" show adjacent to this one. The Paseo Arts District distinguishes their artists from the other show by having the artists hang a green flag from their booths but honestly the difference in quality of the two shows does just as much to distinguish them. The quality of Paseo far exceeds "The Market" show.

The show brought a diverse group of patrons in all age groups. Weather didn't seem to phase the crowd even though it was extremely hot all weekend, 94+, with high humidity but no rain, I've been told it rains frequently during this show. Booths are set up back to back so there was little room for storage. Fortunately for me, the artist I backed up to suggested opening the back wall of my tent and I was able to get some much needed ventilation (many artists had fans!). One patron commented about my tent being the coolest one as many were very hot. It was not easy staying cool.

The show is held on Paseo St. which is a well know arts district, getting in to set up could have been worse if all artists had shown up at the same time but show management staggered arrival times based on location, even then artists themselves came in at staggered times making it easy to set up. Load out was fairly painless as some artists tend to get out quicker than others leaving room for the stragglers! There were plenty of booth sitters, snacks and water all weekend. Parking was located just behind and on the next street from Paseo.

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