Wow..........it's been an intense week, but I did it! Completed my first art festival since 2011 and lived to tell the tale!
One of the first things I noticed (besides the sore muscles....) was it was much easier to prepare for an art festival when I was in the flow of doing them. I know that sounds like an obvious observation, but I forgot. Getting everything together to load my van for the show meant gathering from my studio, my basement, my garage and my home studio. Remember too, my studio is on the second floor, and there are no stairs.......yes I was tired!
But it was, for the most part a success, and I am happy I did it.
What follows are a few photos beginning with my van, ready to leave for the Sacramento Convention Center.......
|First time using this van for a show and it's clear that there is no "order".|
|You are required to bring all your "stuff" to your spot, then move your vehicle before setting up....|
|Five hours later.............|
|Shortly after opening on Friday|
One of the goals for this show was to introduce my new work to folks who have been following me for awhile. The response to my photo encaustics was better than I could have imagined. So much so, that by the end of the day on Sunday, I only had a few pieces left!
The only real glitch in the weekend was a major bout of insomnia and a possible virus that left me feeling extremely exhausted and definitely not 100% on Saturday. I went to bed at 8 pm Saturday night and woke up Sunday feeling just fine!
Good thing, because I have a Sunday morning ritual for this particular show. This ritual involves getting out early to score a parking spot, close enough to the loading dock so that at the end of the day, I can dolly my stuff back to my van and bypass having to line up for a place on the dock. Extra points if you can get one that leaves access to your side doors. I arrived at 8 am and found what I felt was the perfect spot!
|Right across the street from the loading dock!|
After parking, I had plenty of time to walk over to Capitol Park and enjoy a quiet Sunday morning before the day began.
I am also happy to report the decision to get a smaller (and therefore less expensive) booth was a good call. Everything I said last week about it being easier to load in and set up was true. Sales were also close to what I did in previous years with a double corner booth. I was also very grateful for that decision when it came time to pack up and load out. So much easier!
Here are a couple of more shots of the inside of the booth.......
So......will I be doing more shows? Stay tuned....................