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What Art They Smokin'

I like being an artist and everything that goes along with our career.  It's my belief that its the pioneer spirit that lies within us that causes us to chart a new course every day of every week of every month of every year.  We're the ones that would have traveled the Oregon trail east toward the promised land.  We roll the dice and take our chances that are creations are going to keep us in beans and tequila, although I'm finding a taste for a nice porter beer now and then.  Now for the…


Added by Joe Clifton on February 15, 2012 at 8:50pm — 28 Comments

Winterfest - Purdy, Washington

Man do I miss those warm winter Florida days, but my wife and I decided to come home to Vancouver, Washington for the winter and I'm off doing some northwest shows.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be updating posts on several shows.  So let's talk about Winterfest. The show is held in two gyms at Peninsula High School in Purdy, Washington.  This is a community about six miles north of the very affluent Gig Harbor, Washington.  The show is put on by the band as a fund raiser…


Added by Joe Clifton on November 29, 2011 at 1:02am — 3 Comments

Holiday Food and Gift Festival - Tacoma, WA

OK, here's one for the west coast gang. 


The Holiday Food and Gift Festival in Tacoma, Washington just celebrated their 29th year last Wednesday through Sunday (you read that right folks - five days).  It's held in the Tacoma Dome and both are an institution in this city.  It's been since the late 90's since I've been here, so I'm going to share the HFGF past, present, and future.



Back in the 90's, there would be several thousand…


Added by Joe Clifton on October 24, 2011 at 11:15am — 4 Comments

Support Your Local Artist

 I just ran across this old blog entry as I was working through my comments section.  Interesting enough, there was a comment from a Connei Mettler there.   

This post is still relevant today as it was in 2009.  May I wish all of my friends a great continuing year!




Added by Joe Clifton on April 14, 2011 at 9:27pm — 1 Comment

Englewood Fine Art Festival - March 26 & 27

Greetings from Florida and the Englewood Fine Arts Festival. This show is held annually just off the corner of Dearborn and Mango in downtown Englewood, Florida and put on by the local rotary club. The weather was a close to perfect but maybe a little warm for some. The show hours are great – both Saturday and Sunday were from 10-4. Set up…


Added by Joe Clifton on March 28, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Orlando Downtown Art and Living Expo

It's been interesting my first year in Florida learning about what shows to do and what shows not to do.  I decided to do this show versus the Coconut Grove, Artigras, because the Orlando area has been good for sales to me, and I was not disappointed with this show.  This is a two-day show that runs from 11-6 on Saturday and Sunday, and is set up around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.  It's a beautiful lake and the community around the area is an older area of well kept homes.  The weather…


Added by Joe Clifton on February 23, 2011 at 9:15pm — 4 Comments

Market Days Tallahassee Florida

Market Days

December 4 and 5, 2010

Tallahassee, Florida

Market Days is an annual show held at the fairgrounds in Tallahassee, Florida. Artists are set in four buildings that line the road in and out of the fairgrounds. There

are additional booths between the buildings in the median. Their

website (…


Added by Joe Clifton on December 6, 2010 at 9:35pm — 2 Comments

Art in the Gardens Review

It's late and I'm tired but I wanted to get this out tonight!

Art in the Gardens ( in located off PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and took place on November 20 and 21, 2010. The show is located on

a road in the Midtown outdoor shopping center between the main buildings and

can’t be seen from the road. Midtown



Added by Joe Clifton on November 21, 2010 at 10:45pm — 3 Comments

Art in the Gardens Preview

I'm heading to Art in the Gardens Saturday morning in West Palm Beach. It's the fifth year, I believe, and put on by the Artigras folks. I'll add a review next Monday when I return home. If anyone is going to be there, lets touch bases at the show. I'm the guy with the robot wine bottle holders and other normal creatures.

Added by Joe Clifton on November 18, 2010 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

SE Flower Show in Marietta Georgia

Does anyone have any information on this show? Thanks,

Added by Joe Clifton on November 12, 2010 at 12:19pm — 1 Comment

Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts

November 6th and 7th found me at the Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts. The weather was cool at around mid 40's in the morning and 60ish in the afternoons. The folks organizing the show did a fine job, and I especially appreciated that one can back to their booth to load and unload - a real big plus, So here's for the good and the bad.

I already mentioned about the load in and load out, it really can't be beat. The setting is in a nice park and all the booths are on concrete wide… Continue

Added by Joe Clifton on November 8, 2010 at 4:27pm — 7 Comments

Paulding Festival of the Arts

This is a two-day show is west of Atlanta near Douglasville, GA. I have a friend that I stay with near there and asked him about the show. He could remember going years ago and said it drew a crowd. Booth fee was reasonable and everything I could find about the show suggested 30,000 in attendance. So I went. I'd estimate that the show drew about 10,000 - maybe.

Show Set Up and Lay Out

The folks who… Continue

Added by Joe Clifton on November 4, 2010 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

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