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Cancelling a long running art show, due to lack of organizational skills!

So, I’m sure that’s not what the Choochokam Arts Foundation told the artists, they had varied explanations but it just comes down to the fact that this organization that has long lacked for planning skills, failed once again and this time the failure was big enough to cause a cancellation of an event that’s been running for 39 years, cancelling it when it was too late for artists to apply and make other plans for…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 15, 2016 at 12:25pm — 4 Comments

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts - 2014

Here you go Connie, a short blog on Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts.

This was our second year participating and it truly felt like an entirely different show, different crowd, etc.  Last year we had a booth location that was close to the end of the show on a side street, plus we had to deal with the Pac 12 Championship Game on Saturday of the show and it seemed most of the attendees were not there for the art show, they were there for the game and didn’t want to buy anything…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on December 10, 2014 at 1:50pm — 4 Comments

Demise of a favorite show

Or maybe the title of this post should have been “Is this any way to treat your artists?”


It’s kind of sad, a wonderful little community show, in an absolutely perfect location on Whidbey Island, one of the most artistic communities in the Pacific Northwest.  The locals support this festival and they have great volunteer support.  Whidbey Island is very supportive of the arts, Langley is listed in John Villani’s “The 100 best Art Towns in America”. 


You know,…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 14, 2014 at 6:15pm — 4 Comments

Back in the Game - Started with a Double Header & our first AWARD!!

2014 has been off to a much different start than we ever expected.  After getting waitlisted for 2 January shows, rejected / waitlisted for our Feb shows it looked like our first show of the year was going to be in March in Albuquerque before we continued on to Texas.  Well, that all changed as we left Tucson AZ for Dallas TX in a hurry due to an impending death in our immediate family.  We ended up cancelling a few shows and rearranging our travel schedule.  So after a much longer break…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on May 20, 2014 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Review of our first season of Arizona shows

Our Arizona fall season is over and we’re sitting back reflecting on the experience of adding Arizona shows to our schedule this year. We left California headed to Arizona after participating in the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival and were so happy to have warmer temperatures and we were looking forward to our first Arizona fall show season. From a personal perspective we’ve absolutely enjoyed our first winter in the desert, loved grilling our turkey for Thanksgiving while wearing shorts and… Continue

Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on December 18, 2013 at 10:40am — 11 Comments

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival - Oct 19-20,2013

This was our first year participating in this show on the west coast of California. We had spent a week in Half Moon Bay State Park last year between shows and loved it, great beach, nice little restaurants, a wonderful bike trail, we saw a few whales and overall really enjoyed ourselves during a “working vacation”.  This year we arrived the day before the show and left the day after the show, no time for play, we were just here for the show.


 Half Moon Bay is due west of the…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on October 30, 2013 at 11:39am — 13 Comments

Choochokam Arts Festival - Langley WA - July 2013

Now that we are at the end of July, I’m finally catching up on show reviews for July. Between having our house close on July 18th and having shows 3 out of the 4 weekends in July, I’ve definitely fallen behind on show reviews. This show is always held the weekend after 4th of July and with the 4th being on a Thursday this year, we decided to depart Seattle a day earlier and spend some R&R time on our favorite island, Whidbey Island. This year’s festival was scheduled for July…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 30, 2013 at 7:53pm — 1 Comment

Sequim Lavender Festival - 2013

We were anticipating a good weekend for this year’s Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair (July 19-21). The weather forecast was PERFECT!!  Unlike last year where it rained 2 out of 3 days and everything was a soggy mess with a river running through our booth.   However, we still did well enough last year to say it was worth returning, thinking that perfect weather would bring out bigger crowds and improve our sales.   With a forecast of sunshine and temps in the 70’s we were anticipating a…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 30, 2013 at 11:34am — 4 Comments

Allied Arts - July 2013 - Richland WA

This was our 4th year participating in this show in Eastern WA and this was the first time we left there totally mystified, not quite understanding what just happened, but definitely feeling as if we had been punched in the gut.


I’ve blogged about this show before, logistics, set up, etc. have not changed other than Friday was an hour shorter, they ended the show at 8 PM instead of 9 PM on Friday which was a welcome change for the artists.  The link to 2012’s blog,…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 30, 2013 at 11:12am — 7 Comments

A new adventure for us - truly taking on the nomadic lifestyle

2013 is bringing some big changes for us.   We are joining the nomadic, itinerant life!!  We’re selling the house, getting rid of stuff, moving from our 2000 square foot house to a 38 foot RV.  What? Why? Are we crazy?  All those questions from our friends and family so I thought I’d share a bit of our journey, plus answer a few of the messages I’ve been sent by a few of my AFI friends wondering why I haven’t been very active on AFI for the past couple of months.


In late 2011…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on February 27, 2013 at 1:43pm — 22 Comments

Best of NW - hitting bottom

I reviewed this event last year and am pleased to say that this year the quantity of jewelry wasn’t near as overwhelming as last year.  You can see last year’s post for load in / load out, parking, artist amenities, etc.  None of that really changed.



Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on November 20, 2012 at 3:49pm — 14 Comments

Mill Valley Fall Festival of the Arts - Sept. 15-16, 2012

 This was our first time participating in this art festival and for us it was a good experience. Mill Valley is just north of San Francisco in Marin County which is an affluent county, everything I had heard about this show from other artists proved to be fairly accurate. There’s a customer base that knows and appreciates art. This is one of the dustiest festivals we’ve ever done and load in/out can be challenging. I thought the festival was well run, great volunteers, good Artist…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on September 20, 2012 at 1:37pm — 3 Comments

Mammoth Lakes CA - Labor Day Festival of the Arts

This was our first time participating in this show and we combined it with a vacation in Yosemite and had a wonderful time!  In fact this blog was delayed due to the fact that we were on vacation, I was having too much fun hiking, biking and exploring to want to log onto the computer and write a blog.   We planned this show right in the middle of vacation so we had a few days to enjoy Yosemite before the show, complete the show and explore Mammoth Lakes and continue our Yosemite explorations…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on September 11, 2012 at 11:11am — 3 Comments

Sandpoint ID Arts and Craft Festival, Aug 11-12, 2012

This was our 3rd year in a row participating in this festival and probably our last.   Results varied greatly for artists, other AFI’ers that were there included David Forster who had a good show, Lisa Foster who didn’t have a good show and we were somewhere in between.  Temperatures for the weekend were above average, making the booths very toasty inside.  There are not many spots in this show that receive much shade, certainly very few that would have shade for the entire…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on August 23, 2012 at 10:45pm — 3 Comments

Coeur d’Alene Art on the Green, 2012

This was our 4th time in 6 years participating in this show in Coeur d’Alene ID.  The show is the first weekend of August and can be very warm and this year Sunday seemed especially hot as the temperatures came close to the triple digit mark.  I reviewed this show last year, not a lot has changed other than our results.   I really can’t explain why, but by the end of this show we had our highest ever numbers at Art on the Green.  Maybe it was because we skipped the shows in…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on August 23, 2012 at 10:17pm — 2 Comments

Selecting Shows - Do your homework

Subtitle:  Don’t rely just on the word of other artists


I will start out by letting you know that I am on a bit of a rant right now due to feeling grumpy after another artist, who called to ask advice on shows, also “chewed me out” for recommending a show last year that for us was great, for her this year, not so great.   A lot of the new artists I meet are unaware of the various websites that post show info.  Some of them seem to rely entirely on other artists or ZAPP for…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on August 23, 2012 at 6:05pm — 12 Comments

Art in the Park (Allied Arts), Richland WA, July 27-28, 2012

After last weekend’s soggy experience in Sequim WA, we were excited to be headed east to the warmest part of Washington.  Several of us who had put up with the rainy weekend were looking forward to the opportunity to dry out and we weren't disappointed. 

This was our 3rd year participating in this art show.  Last year it was our best show of the year and still stands as our best 2 day show EVER!  So, we went into this weekend with expectations of a good show, but also…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 30, 2012 at 8:36pm — 5 Comments

Sequim Lavender Festival, 2012

This event takes place in Sequim (pronounced Skwim) which supposedly, if you buy into their marketing, is the sunniest place in Western WA. Yeah right!!! July 20-22 and we had rain on both Friday and Sunday with very gray skies on Saturday, but thankfully one day without rain. The best weather day??? Set up day on Thursday. However, that being said, after participating in this event in…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 27, 2012 at 12:02am — 3 Comments

Choochokam Arts Festival, Langley WA, July 7-8, 2012

Our third year at this well supported community event.  It’s one of our favorite locations and favorite 2 day shows.  What’s not to like about island life??  The views from this location are fantastic with Mount Baker and the Cascades to the east, the Olympic Mountains to the west and of course, the Puget Sound that surrounds the island.  It’s a small, community festival that attracts tourists who are vacationing in the area or Seattle area residents who have weekend homes on the island. …


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on July 15, 2012 at 9:21pm — 3 Comments

Edmonds Art Festival - June 2012

After 6 years of applying we were finally accepted. YES!!!  We had heard great things about this festival and were excited to finally be participating.

Edmonds is a suburb about 10 miles north of downtown Seattle with some very affluent neighborhoods that we pass on our way to the park.  The festival is sponsored by the Edmonds Art Foundation and is always held Father’s Day weekend.  Edmonds is located on the Puget Sound and the Field has a nice view of the Sound and the Olympic…


Added by Ruth Finkenbiner on June 20, 2012 at 12:28am — 14 Comments

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