Well, most of you might be saying Wah? Never heard of this one...But there is something to be said for a small show in a town that has seen lots of revitalization in their downtown but not much art happening. This show has gone on for the last 35 years ( I believe) but has always been a mixed bag of art, soap and local jewelry. But It is changing. Yes, some of those items were still there... but there was a new upgrade to fine art that was appreciated and bought.
With about 90 artist scattered around the downtown Market Square Mall and a pretty area called Krutch Park, the crowds came in earnest. The food trucks ( and there were many options) were far enough away from the art that the art became center stage. Music played from a central stage with a mixed bag of entertainment and honestly, I was glad I wasn't too close to that area as it was pretty loud. On every block, there were varied street performers.
The weather was fabulous, the first three really nice warm days that brought the crowds out and with booth fee, 350 dollars, the show was well worth it. For those of us that have thought that the only way to reap rewards in this business is to do the Plaza's and the Cherry Creek's .....it's interesting to me how small town's and city's are getting more art savvy and want more options besides the two or three galleries that maybe are in town. Our business is on the upswing in places like this. They are spending money, lots of money and it's nice to see. Might be worth looking into shows similar...because I did great and I am becoming a major believer that sometimes you don't have to go cross country to get to a great show.