Thanks, Dave! Nice to meet a fellow photog. I will let you know how Salida goes. It's just the second year for this festival, but I am looking forward to it and soaking in the hot springs at the end of the day!
Thanks. What I do is, well, unique. I want to be in more high end events and already do juried shows. Only once have I been juried out, but it was because they were looking for more 2d art and sculpture type craft, my items don't fit that bill. This is something I totally respect, but as some shows are finding it hard to "fill spaces" due to the recession and deadlines (as it seems most applicants are jewelry makers or painters/photographers these days) my items tend to be a welcomed change offering a nice alternative. This is pretty much why I contacted you, perhaps what I do might get some people thinking outside the box especially since it is all made by me, Made in the USA. Who knows ??? :-)
Dave, I am writing due to the post you left on the topic of show evaluations on the promoters group board... I have been looking to do some shows and thinking of branching out to VA. I don't have a show on the dates of the Ocean View Art Show and your post caught my attention. The question I have for you though is would my items fit into the event? I create all the work myself, but might not be considered "fine" art. I make my own potpourri, herbal bath teas and salts, air freshener sprays and even reed diffusers. I consider my work "nature" art. I also grow much of my own ingredients with the exception of dyed flowers and spices which I obtain from a New England supplier. But all the fragrances I make are original and all the potpourri (and other products) are my own original creations. I live and work from my own cottage style farm house in Reisterstown, MD and much of my work is all about capturing the bounty of what the Chesapeake Bay has to offer, especially when it comes to coastal living. To see photos of my work and info about my craft business check out www.bythebaybotanicals.com . Thanks, Michelle.