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Let's hope this show becomes another holiday tradition!

Here are some thoughts :

1)     The Elegant and Central location of the Highland Park Country Club was a superb selection.  The Club itself is beyond lovely and on high traffic roads.  I feel the site and hostess details will be keys to drawing our friends back again and again. On Friday night, there were spotlights circling the inky darkness and trying to draw the Friday Shopper’s attention.  On Saturday and Sunday evening, there was a pianist playing at a baby grand in the entrance way, which set a scene of chic charm as clients made their way into the warmth of free hot chocolate and the laughter of easy conversation. There was an open bar for patrons. But the massive fieldstone fire place, natural wood floors, glitter and gleam of huge chandeliers, entire walls of windows, the circular bricked entrance driveway, heavy linen and silver…..well, they define elegance. It may have been this Art Fairs first year but it will not be the last!  

2)     The crowd was nicely knowledgeable, compellingly friendly, warmly witty and low-keyed affluent. More traffic was needed. I think that comes with time and word-of-mouth…..tradition….etc.

3)     We had free access to electricity and it is my own fault that I did not bring more strobes. Live and learn!

4)     The set up was wonderful. Across from each row of booths were a number of linen clad round tables with a center Christmas decoration where you could take the customer and sit down with them. People could just rest there also.

5)     Amy, as always, treats her artists well: we had a Continental breakfast and hot lunch available with gallons of coffee/soda/water available at all times.

6)     Check In/Out was clean and fast, as usual, at Amdur.                                                         

7)     It was loverly. I hope to see you next year.

8)     We took in over four times our entrance fee, did not have to pay for breakfast or lunch and danced a jig when we got rooms at a 5 star Marriott Suites on Groupon for $49 a night.

9)     It was heatening to hear how many of my clients expect to see me this summer. Wow!


I had fun!

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Comment by geri a. wegner on December 5, 2011 at 10:58pm

Thanks for the info Linda.  HPCC used to be a private club but is now a city-owned facility.  Glad to hear they are maintaining its standards.  It is in a good location with lots of parking, that always makes things so much easier for everyone.  Maybe next year.......

Comment by Annette Piper on December 6, 2011 at 12:25am

Congratulations on a good show and thanks for the review Linda!  Any pics?

Comment by Kathy Oda on December 6, 2011 at 5:55am

Nicely written, Linda!  You made me want to be there!  Sounds like a good show.

Comment by patti stern on December 6, 2011 at 8:36pm

We are sorry that we did not attend this show, iin the early plan, the show was in an outdoor tent and we were afraid of the weather, then when Amy changed the location, we had already commited to another show- which was a mistake...being a Monday morning quaterback- we regret our decision, and will be there next year!!!

Comment by Connie Mettler on December 6, 2011 at 9:32pm
So good to hear positive info for a new event. And I love the klieg lights for the opening! It is good for everyone when a new event shows promIse. Of course this another case of location, location, location and Amy knows her neighborhoods.
Comment by Kathleen Nutter on December 7, 2011 at 12:46pm

I had a great time meeting you all.  Sales were modest, but re. traffic- "I think that comes with time and word-of-mouth…..tradition….etc." ditto.  My family has heard a good deal about how competent and pleasant the Amdur folks are (a first for me).  This was a nice warm return to the art fair scene, I'm looking forward to trying out some more.

Comment by Linda A Shields on December 7, 2011 at 3:22pm

Oh, Annette! I could have taken the best pictures........Bad ME!

They took pictures. They me see if I can find a friend who will share.

I was just so busy....but that is NO excuse!

You all would have loved the ambiance. It was truly a New York style.

I decided to dress up. I wore a long black, one strap gown on the opening night. The second night I donned a shot silk full length very dark mauve full skirt with a tight velvet Ewardian jacket. On the last night I floated in muted layers of a pink chiffon full length skirt and a black velvet, off the shoulder top.

I heard rumors that it should be the new Amdur dress code. LOL

Amy modeled my black wrap for hours on Friday night and a green one on Sunday.....there is no better advertisement.

She helped a newer artist completely redo her booth Sunday morning. It started out cramped with no pizazz. After Amy gave it her years of experience, it was stylish and chic. The products were visible. The colors melded, not clashed. I wish I could show you a befor and after picture of that booth. During the time with the young artist, Amy explained WHY she was doing something. The girl received (and I also) a mini-seminar.

Everytime I go to an Amdur Production, Amy herself shows me how much she cares for her artists. Also for me, she embodies the artist's code: act with grace and dignity, speak frankly but with good intent, be warm and gracious, openly complement others style, help wherever it is needed, show that artists are family.

I learn at every show and will be forever grateful.

Comment by Annette Piper on December 7, 2011 at 3:53pm

I want to see a photo of you all dressed up Linda - sounds gorgeous!  Do try and find a pic from the show so I can feel the ambience even more.   I love it when the organiser dons a piece (especially since they often end up buying it :) )- good on Amy!  How fantastic for that newbie to get help like that - fantastic.  I hope she did well in the end?

Comment by Deborah Gall on December 7, 2011 at 3:55pm

Thanks so much for this review!  I'm already pondering this show for next year and was interested to see a review.  I did One of a Kind/Chicago when Amy ran that show and it was this kind of festive and fabulous.  Good to hear a trip to the Windy City in December could be worth it. 

Comment by Debra Parker Romero on December 7, 2011 at 8:40pm

Linda, I am new to artfinders and am not familer with this show. It sounds like a good show for me.Where is it located at? And, who do I contact to get information? Thanks Debra


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