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What has the world come to-robbing artists?

The past few months I've become more aware of a disturbing trend that seems to be on the rise-breaking into artists' booths at night.  I'm dwelling on this now by the cozy light of a campfire in nowhere, Rhode Island and a cold one in hand, and I'm...puzzled? vicariously violated? utterly astounded? all of the above? -by the fact that people are desperate enough to steal from the starving.  OK, most of us here…


Added by Caroline Kwas on September 20, 2011 at 9:12pm — 22 Comments

Two gutterballs in a row...

I am licking my wounds right now and avoiding my credit card statements after the last two shows where I didn't even make expenses.  Two shows which by all research should have been at least paycheck shows, and I'm all out of Xanax.  What is an artist to do?

Setauket, a little village of wonderful demographics right next door to my hometown on Long Island, sorely disappointed in many ways, especially with the nighttime booth robberies.  But I'll address that in another blogpost.  I…


Added by Caroline Kwas on September 19, 2011 at 7:02pm — 63 Comments

Mystic Show-Meet the Artisans, July 30 & 31

This is one of several shows in Mystic, and this one is put on by Denise Morris Curt.  It’s a small show, about 60 artists, and I prefer the intimate atmosphere of a smaller show.  It’s on the village green next to the Old Mystic Village Shops, which provides a lot of foot traffic, and next to a restaurant, which provides the waiting for a table folks around 5 or 6. …


Added by Caroline Kwas on August 10, 2011 at 9:51am — 5 Comments

You know it’s going to be a bad show when...

You know it’s going to be a bad show when... arrive at the show at 6:30 am and there are homeless people sleeping in the park. leave your plastic coffee mug at your booth to visually mark your spot and it becomes a projectile in a…


Added by Caroline Kwas on August 9, 2011 at 8:49pm — 17 Comments

Love it when there's a change in plans...

Just found out this morning that Bill Kinney from Paragon had to cancel his upcoming show in East Meadow, LI.  I was bummed, because I had planned on spending the whole month of September on LI, visiting home.  Man plans, God laughs.  Anyway...

So now I have an open weekend, Sep 23-25, and there are a couple of shows that are near where my show the following weekend is in Hendersonville, NC.  I'm looking at all my fellow artists' reviews of Atlanta's Midtown festival, and Charlottes's…


Added by Caroline Kwas on August 7, 2011 at 11:04am — 18 Comments

Old Saybrook, melting in the heat but rolling in the dough

Quick few lines before I pass out, the heat took it out of everyone...we're at the COC Old Saybrook arts and crafts festival, and I can't complain.  I saw more people in the first hour here than all weekend at Hyannis last weekend, and although the quality ran the gamut from those bedeviling BS to a few really high end fine artists, turnout was great on Sunday and people were pulling out their wallets. Did the requisite 10x booth fee, sold originals, and lotsa contacts.  More to follow. …


Added by Caroline Kwas on July 24, 2011 at 8:57pm — 8 Comments

Muskegon Art in the Park, the show that began with a bang...literally

This is a show that is a part of the 9-day Summer Celebration, and the fine art is located in Hackley Park.  The surrounding streets are designated for low end crafts, BS, and everything else.  More about that shortly.

Thunderstorms dogged setup and the first half of Friday for this 3 day show.  While we arrived early, at 12 pm on Thursday…


Added by Caroline Kwas on July 6, 2011 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

12 hours and counting...

It's the night before Framer Dude and I leave for our trip north to Michigan and New England, and I'm staring at the last few essential items sitting on my living room table that I never pack until we're locking the door on the way out: laptop, show book, wallet, sunglasses.  I'm still wondering if I am forgetting anything essential. Tent? Check. Inventory? Check.  Mailing list? PDAnet? Check, check.



Added by Caroline Kwas on June 27, 2011 at 8:32pm — 10 Comments

I hate when the painting won't speak to me...

I am roasting my watongus off in the steamy miserable Florida summer, begging a painting to speak to me.  Should I buy it flowers?  Take it out to dinner?  Absolute silent treatment...

Added by Caroline Kwas on June 13, 2011 at 12:49pm — 6 Comments

Very grumpy today...

I am painting my studio floor so my lovely outdoor studio is out of commission until the paint dries.  What Framer Dude and I had anticipated to be a 36 hour project looks like it may be turning into a nightmare, and I am facing the next week possibly painting at my dining room table where the light sucks.  I have a commission on my easel mocking me next to its ersatz place next to the TV.

Home improvements rarely ever go as scheduled.  What should have been an easy DIY task has…


Added by Caroline Kwas on May 11, 2011 at 11:24am — 11 Comments

After Expo report! Home at last...

April 5...Somewhere on I-10 in Texas

When you begin describing a life-changing experience, it is difficult to put it into words that don’t sound trite or hackneyed.

During the initial rush to start tearing down at 6:30 on Sunday, it was easy to keep focused on…


Added by Caroline Kwas on April 19, 2011 at 11:38am — 8 Comments

Arizona Fine Art Expo is winding down...

...and how do I feel?  A metaphorical picture says a thousand words:

Before Expo:

















After Expo:



Added by Caroline Kwas on April 1, 2011 at 7:31pm — 3 Comments

Finally...a new piece to show for this time here

It is not a diptych, or a triptych.  A quintych? Pentatych?  Just a lot of leftover scraps of wood that I painted on? My Photoshop skills are equivalent to, say, a monkey plucking a violin with its toes, but I managed to paste the layers together.  I don't even know if they're upside down or not.

So no, I'm not goofing off out here in the desert and blowing off the blog… Continue

Added by Caroline Kwas on March 16, 2011 at 11:56pm — 8 Comments

Life Under the Big Tent at the Arizona Fine Art Expo: Thoughts on the Creative Process

Note to self: The desert can get cold.  I don’t mean the kind of cold where you can bundle up and do fun aerobic activity in, like ice skate or have a snowball fight.  No, it’s a bone chilling cold that comes from sitting still for hours at a time in front of the easel in a tent that likes pretending it’s a refrigerator.  I was not prepared for this.  I brought one heavy wool sweater and I’m sick of it.  Paint takes on…


Added by Caroline Kwas on February 12, 2011 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Peep of the Day- Susan Quin Byrd, photographer

This first piece that I saw of Susan’s shows what every twelve year old girl knows is the truth: horses are the coolest animals on earth.   The image of Kickin’ Up captures the spirit of the animal in an amazing shot of all four feet off the ground, and reminded me of the utter joy of being astride my first snorting steed.



Added by Caroline Kwas on February 10, 2011 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Peep of the Day: Charles Taube, wood sculptor

OK, I’ve fallen behind a couple of days and peeps, I had a couple of hairy nights and Expo had the Gala last night, which I’ll write about in a separate post.  Suffice it to say, I may not have been writing, but I’m collecting a ton of material...onto Charles, today’s Peep!…


Added by Caroline Kwas on February 6, 2011 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Peep of the Day: Keith Dabb, painter

Keith caught my eye with his gently evocative scenes of places he has visited which hold a special place in his heart.  From his home state of Utah, to sunny Italy, his scenes reflect a quiet spirituality, even the bears he photographed himself at Yellowstone:…


Added by Caroline Kwas on February 3, 2011 at 10:39pm — No Comments

Peep of the Day: Lauren Knode, painter

 I think it’s fair to call Lauren Queen of the Sky. She captures the sweeping, dramatic desert sunsets here in the Southwest in vibrant impressionistic strokes; I am psyched to see that someone else has noticed that at a certain time during some twilight skies there is a green streak:



Added by Caroline Kwas on February 2, 2011 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Sneak Peek Peep: Lori Myers

Lori, an oil painter like myself, lives here in the Phoenix area, and the first work of hers to catch my eye was one of Kaibab Path at the Grand Canyon, a dramatic scene of this winding path that descends to the floor of the canyon.  This really captures the claustrophobia of a narrow mountain pass contrasted against the vertigo of a sheer canyon drop: …


Added by Caroline Kwas on February 1, 2011 at 9:48pm — 2 Comments

Peep of the Day: Dave Barkby, woodturner.

You know those ugly defects on tree trunks that cause homeowners to rush to their nearest arborist and remove the offending specimen?  They’re called burls, and Dave turns them into amazing artwork.  It’s a laborious, time consuming process, though much of it is hands-off seasoning and drying time, but the end result, well, see for yourself:…


Added by Caroline Kwas on January 31, 2011 at 5:27pm — 4 Comments

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