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Santa Fe Spring Art Festival, Gainesville, Fl

I exhibited at the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville, Florida last April. When I opened up my tent Sunday morning I discovered that water
sprinklers had gone off in my booth during the night.yes""> The sprinklers were really buried in the grass and I didn’t
even know I had sprinklers, in fact, it took me a while to figure out why part
of my booth was absolutely soaked.
Luckily I had placed my directors chair right over the invisible
sprinklers and that prevented the water from spraying high enough to soak
everything. I had $1460.00 in
damaged work (watercolors) and another artist (photographer) had about twice as
much damage to his work. The show
organizer, Kathryn Leyman, spent the next three plus months trying to get the
photographer and me compensated for our losses.yes""> The city owned the land the sprinklers were in - but
SunTrust Bank owned the sprinklers - but a maintenance/landscape company was in
charge of the sprinklers – the finger pointing went on and on! I think sometimes Kathryn was patient
and sometimes she was angry but I do know she spent a lot of time and did not
give up! It’s a nice show and Kathryn wants to see to it that the artist are
well treated and fairly treated. The photographer and I owe her a great big
thank you for persisting. She got
us our money and justice did finally prevail!yes""> We couldn’t have made it work without her. Thank you Kathryn Lehman!

Christina Smith

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Comment by Kim O'Hara Clay Designs on November 5, 2010 at 9:26am
Nels: What does it matter if she waited that long to comment, maybe she was busy. I appreciate someone taking the time to write useful info or to appreciate someones efforts, don't discourage people from doing this.
Comment by Christina Ruth Smith on September 10, 2010 at 2:11pm
Hi Beverly, Actually my sales weren't very good. This was my first year there but my husband has done the show several times and done well. We wrote it off to a bad year and will probably both try it again this year. It was the usual mix of art and craft - well juried good stuff - easy to set up and down. A nice show.
Comment by Beverly Smith on September 7, 2010 at 11:49am
Christina - Sounds like a good promoter. I was thinking about applying to that show next year. How was it other than the mishap. Many buyers show up, mostly fine art or crafts, sales ok?, that sort of thing. Thanks.
Comment by Bill and Jon Slade on September 2, 2010 at 10:35am
FANTASTIC; Kathryn runs a great show/ and it is so rare that the promoter went to bat for the artists; and WON. This was a unfortunate accident with sprinklers going off under some booths/ ruining artwork that was left overnight (maybe a subject for another time)/ which means you take your chance at night. I have seen the sprinkler mishap happen at other shows/nothing happened/ BUT KATHRYN IS A GEM- we thank her and her continuing efforts in expanding the arts in g-ville. GO GATORS
Comment by Christina Ruth Smith on September 1, 2010 at 9:57am
Instead of complaining I hoped to give a good "they paid up!" report so I waited for my check to materialize. It took four months of waiting but got it!
Comment by Nels Johnson on August 31, 2010 at 7:17pm
But why wait til now to report about this April Show?
Comment by Michele LeVett on August 31, 2010 at 6:05pm
so nice to hear........years ago the sprinklers went off in my booth in Ft. Lauderdale...........put a bucket over it until they were turned off

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