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If there was any better show organizer than Bob McFarland at Ridgeland, MS, I would love to hear about him. They had to have broken the mold when they made him! From the time the tired tires of my van hit the show site, he was sitting in a golf cart asking if we needed anything.
For those keeping score, the Ridgeland Fine Arts show is an extremely well run, modest show held the first weekend of April. HC Porter (one of our own) was instrumental in organizing the event almost ten years ago and is still active in its implementation.
I don't think you could ask for a nicer crowd than folks that support this event every year. The are truly engaged and interested in the work. The setting is an upscale mall north of Jackson in a rather affluent area the seems to be growing a good pace. While limited in the number of artists, the work is very high quality and as I mentioned the patrons (many of whom are collectors) appreciate it. You can always tell a good show by the low number of first time artist participants. This show is no exception.
Since the show setting is in a mall, it is an easy set up and easy break down. Sales we generally uniform where everybody got something. Ridgeland tends toward being a 2-D event with jewelry and fiber being less prominent.
A two-day show, Saturday the weather was unbelievable. Folks crammed into booths and the vibe was def. exciting. It was the better of the sales days, with be-backs picking up items they had already scoped out on Sunday. The weather turned on Sunday when 20% chance of rain turned to 100%. Winds picked up and at least one ez up was turned into an oversized metal spider carcass.
This is where Bob's team really stepped up to the plate. Newsletters were circulated as the weather changed. Updates were being given out every fifteen minutes by his staff. Finally he left it up to the artists as to when they could exercise their options to leave. Absolutely fantastic! We got out dry just as the first drops of rain began to fall at 5:30. (This was the same storm the wiped out many in Austin.)
Again, kudos to the team at Ridgeland for taking care of us!