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It is always a pleasure to attend this wonderful show. There is convenient parking, indoor, a/c bathrooms, reasonably priced food and of course-- really good art.
When you live in Amdurland, the odds are that you have seen 90% of the artists at one show or another so any time you get to go to a show that will have "new" artists, it makes for a fun day. This show did not disappoint. The quality of the show is above average at almost every booth. It is one of the shows that you understand why the artist got into the show even if you aren't interested in that particular medium.
My only complaint about the show was what happened to the jewelers. Everyone is always talking about how there are so many jewelers in a show. I don't know the exact per centage but in the first row we went down, it was a minimum of every other booth. One jeweler told me that the show takes a per centage of the number of artists applying in a particular medium, not a per centage of the total booths. More jewelers applying meant more jewelers in the show. I was in line to buy a fun necklace and there was a judge in front of me. I asked her if I could talk to her about something that I thought was a problem with the show and she said she was a judge for those at the show. I said I realized that but that she had access to The Powers That Be. I told her about the per centage problem. Then I told her I liked her necklace. She said she was a jeweler. I asked her if she would be happy at the show if the pie was cut up into so many pieces and she agreed with me. Then she said she would talk to those in charge.
This show seemed to have a lot of buying energy. Most booths were crowded with people and despite all the jewelry, those booths seemed to have a lot of activity. I never really understood the whole buying energy thing but it seemed to be happening here. I hope the energy that I felt translated into sales.
After we left that show we went to Art in the Park in Lake Geneva. I have nothing to say about that show except don't bother, especially if you are a serious artist. There were a couple of quality artists but for the most part, it wasn't worth looking at. And, don't even ask what a resort town is like on a wonderful day in August.