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Cherokee Triangle in Louisville Ky: Creation and Destruction in the Eternal Recurrence of the Same

And God said, I will smite your tent down with wind and rain and hail.
And Lo, the security guard will raise you from your slumber and lead you to your crushed and sagging tent. He will provide you with light and encouragement in your hour of need.

But beware the False-prophet who will stop and with forked tongue declare your type of tent is banned from many-a-fair, or at least Columbus. He will try to distract you from your work but he will offer no assistance.

And you will lose all hope as you attempt to rid the canopy of the gallons of water that have crushed it. You will void your tent of its water with a pocket knife by puncturing it 9 times. And you will have to break many supports to get underneath it.

 The bent and twisted tent will rest on top of your pedestals on your center table. As you raise it up you will discover  your ceramics knocked to the ground and jostled to the side, and you will be Sore Afraid. But you will discover that nary a piece is broken, cracked or chipped. And you will be amazed.  Other artists will not be so lucky and you will know you have been chosen.

  And you will take this as a sign. Your first born son, hearing your wailing and gnashing of teeth,  will declare: Father, should we give up, pack and go home? But you will not despair, only wail and gnash some more, then go out in very very early Sabbath morn , and I will provide for you. You will scavenge bricks  block, wood and Bar, and you will resurrect  your tent from the soggy ashes (and you will remember to  seek out the vendors who 'contributed' to your resurrection in the morning's light to explain your thefts).

You will then take inspiration offered from your offspring, remove all the artwork, rearrange your pedestals and tables so as to hide the destruction and the center pole. And you will be grateful that I sent your first born on this expedition to assist you as you cannot do this on your own.

And lo on Sunday morn, the sun will shine, the ravenous crowds will come forth in great hoardes, and they will wonder at your artwork. Any your son will rise at noon.

Man and woman alike will place money and credit cards on your table and you will make many sales, though not as many as the bearded Prophet with the Double wide Skylight  kitty-corner to you.

 You will be wise, take the money I have provided you in the face of disaster, and you will seek out a new, worthier canopy. You will turn a deaf ear to the vendor across the way who admonishes you for having an unworthy tent from Cosco  instead of the superior Walmart pop-up, and you will know it could have been any of the other 20 or more Ez-Ups that escaped my wrath THIS TIME. You will remember the other 4 destroyed Ez-Ups at the fair, and you will know that no foam-swimming-noodle could have altered my wrath. And  you will see the light.

You will have a vision of your Sta-Bar you used to support your demolished tent, and you will seek a tent made of that very same mettle and know that it is special, although a bit heavy.  And you will purchase a Flourish Trimline with Sta-Bar and you will not look back, lest you be turned to stone. You will know the added weight and  time for setup will lead to comfort in trying times and you will be glad you paid through the nose for this tent. You will give me thanks as you carry the Old One to the dumpster as even the zippers will work on your new canopy which always bothered you with the Pop-up. You will be joyful because the Trimline walls will even fit in their carry bag, which the Pop-up never did. You will consider it more than a long overdue investment for the future, it is a gift .

You will be thankful for the three years the Pop-up lasted and know you are meant  to upgrade. And Lo, from this day forward  light will shine brightly through your  own Double Wide Skylight on your artwork. Your Ceramics  will be much admired by the descending hoards and will find safe harbor from the fury of the summer storms to come.  

And you will  go forth and preach the good news to all Art Fair creation and make disciples of your new canopy and break the cycle of the Eternal Occurrence of the Same.


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Comment by Richard McCollum on June 19, 2012 at 10:39am
Your writing skills rival your ceramic skills. Welcome to the outdoor show world. Good luck with your new tent!
Comment by Alison Fox on June 19, 2012 at 10:12am

OMG Thomas, that was hysterical!  I'm printing this out to read to friends and family.  Maybe then they will see the light too. (as no one but us artists really 'get' what we go thru!)

Comment by dan Johnson on June 19, 2012 at 10:02am

Couldn't help posting a similar piece I wrote a few months ago in Florida!

Comment by Maureen Strother on June 19, 2012 at 9:29am

I am so sorry you had to go through such trials, but your post was so funny ( along with the "It was good." reply.) that I peed my pants during my uncontrolable laughter. 

God bless.

Comment by Julie Powell on June 19, 2012 at 9:27am

this is great. Thank you. Just bought a Light Dome for the same reason.

Comment by Karla Howard Heartsfield on June 19, 2012 at 8:32am

Great Outlook & Story about overcoming the odds! Artists are always optimistic. Nothing easy at all about the EZ-ups.

Comment by Maria Oliva Tyra on June 11, 2012 at 10:14am

Apparently you missed your calling….you should have been a writer, a comedic writer, instead of a artist. Too bad about your tent….great news there was no art loss. Last weekend at Art on the Grand in Farmington we had really high winds and "LO…not even the TrimLine Tent could save the ceramics artist across from me when God showed his wrath and sent forth vengeful winds to smite pottery:" Her back side wall buffet the shelves she had and sent  a whole back wall shelving unit down. People rushed in to help her and thank goodness because seconds later when the second 30-50mph gust tried to take the rest of her shelves down they were there to catch them. She lost 75% of her stock. She had a show in two weeks time and her full compliment of stock was in that booth. She had nothing in reserve at home. Now there's a lesson for you. After paying all the money we do to get into art fairs we better be able to bounce back quickly if we lose stock…because we'll lose more than that if we have to cancel art fairs. I started beefing up my back up stock just in case after that happened to her.

Glad to hear you were only forced to buy the trim line…'s a wise investment. I'm working on it myself. :)

Comment by Leslie Turner on May 20, 2012 at 9:21pm

Love your writing style. I lost my beautiful black Northstar tent to bad weather last year and upgraded to a Trimline (with skylite). Every time I set up I tell myself the extra time and weight is so worth it for the peace of mind!

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on May 20, 2012 at 12:19pm

Thomas, sorry about your disaster but so glad that you could see the humor in it.  You have a talent for writing and I hope you share more of your writing with us in the future.  Glad your work was spared.  By the looks of your tent it wouldn't have been a surprise if some of it had been damaged.  Good luck to you.

Comment by Carolina Niebres on May 18, 2012 at 11:15am

Oh my! Yes, I had one of those tents too.

I am so happy that none of your work was sacrificed in your "enlightenment". :)


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