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East Lansing, Belleville, Springfield, Indianapolis, Reston, Tulsa - May 16 & 17

1. From the Lansing State Journal: More than 325 artists from across the nation...

2. THE place to be this weekend:
From the Reston (VA) Connection: Arts Festival Returns To Reston...

3. I love, love the Tulsa, OK, Mayfest, so from Tulsa Today: Downtown Tulsa this weekend features two festivals everyone...

4. From the Belleville (IL) News-Democrat
: The art of civic pride..., a "Midwest Travel Treasure"...

5. And from another favorite of mine The Old Capitol Art Fair in Springfield, IL, from the State Journal-Register: ... artists to show work at annual fair...

6. Indianapolis loves the Broad Ripple Art Fair on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Museum. Here's a brief synopsis: A few things to see this weekend...

I hope to see you at one of these. Each of them well worth your time and worth stimulating your part of the economy! See you at the fair. Find me in East Lansing, a very sweet event.

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Comment by Annette Morrin on May 18, 2009 at 11:20am
The first of 2 Michigan shows and I have to say Birmingham Art In The Park and East Lansing were both better than I expected, but my sites were set pretty low. Even with the poor weather on one of each days at both shows, people were out and many ready to purchase art. As always some artist were happy some not, but the response of a number of artist I talked to was that they alright and were pleasantly surprised to say so. Reports from Reston where Chris was called off the wait list was a different story. The spur that he was on and the second to the last booth had little traffic as it was out of the natural flow, the last booth had a corner space that was deemed worth $750! Also the artist on that row were called off the wait list! Its hard to understand how an arts organization can think that is okay to take artist money and not be able to deliver a deceit flow of customers your way. After years of hoping to the show it was a real disappointment. The weather is left to the "gods" but layout of the show is the committees... Annette Morrin
Comment by Connie Mettler on May 18, 2009 at 11:37am
Thanks so much for this update, Annette. I did get to East Lansing on Sunday - nice crowds and well put together fair.

That traffic thing is such a big deal. Reston has a pretty good reputation for being good, but this is not good.

See the discussion here:
Comment by Connie Mettler on May 18, 2009 at 9:25pm
Announcing the first storms of the season. There were pretty bad storms in Tulsa. Read the story here from the Tulsa World:
Comment by Connie Mettler on May 18, 2009 at 9:29pm
From the article it sounds as though the Tulsa Mayfest (long established and frequented by professional artists) suffered little damage, but the Blue Dome Festival (I've never heard of this one) was a graveyard of twisted tents.

I liked these quotes from the above article:

It looked like something out of a movie," said exhibitor Mitchell Dean of Tahlequah, who said he was out in the storm trying to hold his tent in place while various items sailed through the air toward him.

Dean said he looked over at the sidewalk as the wind howled and saw people being chased down the street by dislodged canopies.

Tana Van Cleave said she got a call from her husband Saturday morning with some troubling news about the location of their tent.

"Our tent is in Arkansas," Van Cleave said she was told.

Her husband was exaggerating slightly, but you get the point.
Comment by Douglas Farrar on May 19, 2009 at 12:08pm
The Blue Dome Festival is a parasite show put on by local artists for Oklahoma artists to be able to show their art while Mayfest draws people to Tulsa. The Mayfest show promoters want international and out of state artists and locals can't get in. The only local artists to get in have to be politically correct and involved in the production of the show to participate. Thus the local(Okla) artists started their own show. The Blue dome area is just east of the Mayfest area by about a block. For the past few years it has been on a first come first served basis and now it is becoming a juried show and will be a help to Mayfest.
Comment by Connie Mettler on May 19, 2009 at 5:02pm
Pretty amazing, John Gibb, who does plain old pencil drawing, the old-fashioned way with nothing modern in between, wins Best of Show at Belleville, IL's, Fair on the Square. Congratulations to you, John.

Read the article and see the video at:
Comment by Connie Mettler on May 19, 2009 at 5:05pm
Economic artistry spearheaded by show Director Corinn Van Wyck and her volunteers kept the East Lansing Art Festival alive and kicking.

Read all about it in an article from the State News.


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