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May 18-20 - "I don't have anything to sell, everything is just soaking wet"

For most it was a weekend for a decent paycheck with no scary things going on -- whoops, I forgot to mention this report in from my friend fiber artist, Sandy Moran who was at the Tulsa Mayfest:

Most of the stock was salvageable, though the tent was twisted and upside down across the street, pretty much destroyed on its maiden voyage.  And it was so pretty and clean, too! The first time I've lost a tent in 41 years of doing this!

The staff at Mayfest and other artists were wonderful in helping pick up the mess from Saturday night's storm.  The festival ended up closing early on Sunday because of threatening hail and tornadoes.

After seeing the horrible aftermath of tornado damage in our own Granbury, TX, and the next day in OK CIty, I feel very grateful and humbled.  This is nothing in comparison, just a lot of time to spend on restoring stock and ordering new equipment.  It's not our lives or our homes.  Thanks to all our artist family--show staff, volunteers, and fellow artists--who cared for me.

P.S.  Y'all will love this: the cameraman who was interviewing me on Sunday morning pointed out that I looked somewhat despondent as I was hauling dripping jackets to the car.  You'll notice my response wasn't included in the broadcast.

More about that storm:

Anyone watching the show reviews on this site and making plans for next year, here are some news stories about some of the bigger shows that took place last weekend, besides Reston (reported on by Elle H.), E. Lansing (reported on by John Leben) and Belleville. We're still waiting to hear if anyone was there ;)


Indianapolis' favorite, hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center, the Broad Ripple Art Fair in one of Indy's hippest neighborhoods:

A bunch of AFI-ers were there. How was it?


Springfield, IL's, 52nd Old Capitol Art Fair - heck this show is almost as old as the Old Capitol. The show is held on the grounds surrounding the Old Capitol building (where Lincoln served and Obama declared his quest for the Presidency): The weekend's beautiful meant "Old Capital draws record crowds!"

And the prizewinners were:

First place: Jill Bedford, $1,500

Second place: Maria Bedford, $1,300

Third place: Robert Trisko and Ian Lieberman, $1,000

Best new artist: J.D. Nolan, $750

Children’s tent

First place: Lou Zale, $500

Second place: Jay Thomson, $400

Third place: Steven Martin, $300

We did this show many times. It is full of the old timers and many AFI-ers were there also. You know who I am talking about -- how about a report?


Howard Alan Events hosted one of their coolest shows in the Kansas City Power & Light District (the 6th Annual) - and kept the show going despite storm warnings. Whether to stay or to go was a concern for artists, the brave did prevail!


Hush, don't tell anyone about this sweet small show in Marion, IA, Marion Arts Festival. Yep AFI-ers were there too -- learn its secrets:


The 29th Annual Stockley Gardens art festival in Norfolk, VA, hosted 150 artists. Can anyone tell us more about this well-established event?

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Comment by Connie Mettler on May 21, 2013 at 7:24pm

Jill is a truly class act and one of the nicest people in the business.

Geri, were you at Old Capitol? 

Comment by geri a. wegner on May 21, 2013 at 7:07pm

Jill Bedford is a completely amazing photographer.  I got caught in a massive downpour at festival and I was at her tent.  It was a most enjoyable 30 minutes!!

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