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RITTENHOUSE SQUARE FINE ART SHOW, Philadelphia , June 4-6

Almost 200 Artist enjoyed this beautiful Square in the heart of Philadelphia. Always one of the more high level group of artist in the area, Fine Art exclusively, not craft and Photography. Many new faces. Unfortunately the weather was impossible. The hit and the humidity did the time for artist very hard. The set up on thursday always is very convenient and easy. Friday, first festival day, normally is quiet, the public, mostly people are working in the area. Saturday, the best day. The 18 th st. was closed to the vehicular traffic to permit restaurants put tables in the street. High public traffic all day long. Particulary my best day of the week end to make business. Sunday, was a short day, very windy and the organizers

let free decision to artist leave the festival before 5PM, after the news about the possible tornado in the area.
Synthesis, good show, easy to do, good educated attenders, they know what they are looking for. I had notices from other Artist about big sales ( included me). But I know very hard time for other artists. One of my favorites Art Shows

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Comment by sean huntington on June 30, 2010 at 7:34pm
I did it last year and it was pretty awesome- can't say enough about how classy the crowd is-and that they spend money
Comment by jorge Caligiuri on June 30, 2010 at 7:25pm
September always is better!!
Comment by sean huntington on June 30, 2010 at 7:18pm
I was on the corner near the Ethical Society- we were the hardest hit-right in the wind tunnel- even the bronze guy was having stuff blow over! It was too bad, Saturday was my best single day ever-it pobrably would have been a record show for me- great people that run it. As for parking-it is crazy expensive- I stay with friends north of the city and take amtrack in- saves about $15.00 a day-though it is a bit inconvenient. Looking forward to September
Comment by jorge Caligiuri on June 7, 2010 at 6:16pm
Yes Michael, after broke down my booth around 2 PM, the storm was history ( to late to start again) :(
Comment by R. Michael Wommack on June 7, 2010 at 5:57pm
I have done this show for 3 years, including the Fall, and have found it to be consistently good. The browsers are sophisticated art lovers, and the show is a pleasure to do, excepting the expensive parking. I am on Walnut Street, which has the highest amount of foot traffic (lots of people walking through, not necessarily to look at art), but we have competition from an Amish farm market on Saturday. There is only 6' between our booths and their tables. It just gets too crowded, so Saturday is usually not good for us. Sunday is my good day here, and the show board members came around 1 PM to warn us about the large hail, heavy winds and possible tornado coming in around 2 or 3. Naturally, everyone around me broke down, right in the middle of the best crowds of the weekend. Not wanting to risk a storm like Reston this year, I did too. So this was my worst Rittenhouse show. Between the heat and the storm threat, attendance was down.
And the biggest kick is the storms never materialized!

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