First of all, last weekend was Liberty's annual fall festival and my girlfriend and I decided to rent a booth and throw our art out there for the world, (i.e. the Northland) to see. The weather could not have been better and the crowds were thick. I sold about 10 pieces which was less than I hoped for, but a great first outing. This event gave me a chance to get the feel of things, how to talk to complete strangers about my art, how to display things, (keep moving things around), and how to use my new square (we were able to accept credit cards on our iPhones) Bazinga!
Second of all, while sales weren't where I would have hoped them to be, we did get validation as artists from four, count them FOUR future art shows. Not festivals with carnival rides, corn dogs, and kettle corn, but actual art festivals with other artists and beer gardens. Again I say, Bazinga! Representatives from Liberty Art Squared, St. Joseph Trails West, Holiday on the Hill Gift Market at Briarcliff to benefit Oakhill Day School, and Northland Holiday Mart at Harrah's Casino have all made contact or discussed booth rentals with either myself or Allison. We are thrilled and plan on attending as many as we can. It's so cool to be able to do something you love, something that makes you happy. But to have others appreciate your efforts is the best feeling ever.
And finally, best friends. What can I say. I am so blessed to have the friends in my life that I do. All are so supportive. I am still amazed that I have an artist friend that WANTS to do shows with me. Not compete. Not fight to be better or sell more, but actually be a team. There was a point when a client entered our booth looking for something for a baby shower gift. She wanted something that would grow with the decor as the child grew older. Allison started pulling examples of my stuff, and I pulled one of hers down. It didn't matter to either of us who painted it, we liked all of it and wanted to find the perfect piece for that client. Thinking of that still makes me smile. To all my friends who came out to see our booth, purchase a piece, gopher food for me, hang out and people watch with us, and y'all know who you are...thank you!
Okay...I think my pea-brain is empty for now. Here's the next two show dates. Feel free to stop by and purchase art, bring food, watch the people, or just make my day. I'd love to see you.
Sunday, November 18th Holiday on the Hill Gift Market at the Marriott at Briarcliff from Noon to 4pm.
Finally (again), follow my art team mate on Facebook. She posts her most current work and keeps you updated on future sale dates. You won't be disappointed. She rocks! www.facebook.com/shawgirlstudio.
Until my next post...here's the two that sold fast and furious. I told myself if they didn't sell I was hanging them in my house. Guess I'll be working on a few more of these.