Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My First Art Festival since 2011!


Hopefully, by the time you read this, my van will be packed, and I will be almost ready to set up for my first art festival since 2011. If you have been reading my posts for a few years, you probably know that back in 2008, when I began this blog, I was what you called "on the circuit."

I traveled as far south as San Diego and as far north as Bellevue, Washington attending shows during "the season". My first art festival was in July of 1997 and by 1999, I was pretty much gone every other weekend beginning in April and ending in November. 

By the end of 2008, however, I was burnt out, and we all know what happened with the economy that year. It seemed the perfect time to "take a break".

This "break" for the most part, has lasted over five years, with the exception of a couple of appearances at the show I am participating in this weekend.

I have lost count of how many times I have had a booth at the Sacramento Arts Festival, but this year is a little different. In those prior appearances, I had a double corner booth. Pretty much the most expensive real estate in the show. As you can see in the photos below, I easily filled it up! 



Sacramento Arts Festival 2011


Sacramento Arts Festival 2011

Not only does a booth that size cost quite a bit of money, it also requires a ton of work to set up. I was younger when I started doing festivals and in many ways a little naive. Bigger is better - right?

This older, and hopefully wiser artist thinks a little differently these days. This year I signed up for what is actually the smallest booth available - 8' deep by 10' wide. Financially, it made sense, but I believe I based most of the decision on the lessening of the work involved in schlepping and setting up a booth.

I did, however, start wondering how I was going to set up in such a tiny space. I decided the best thing to do was have a trial run in my driveway, which I did yesterday.........


8' x 10'

I won't be able to show as much work, but that's ok. It also means I don't have to pack up and take out of my studio as many pieces as I did in prior years. (I call this being "wiser and older", not lazy!)

I will probably share photos of the complete booth set-up at the show next week. However, if you are local, stop by and see it in person! I am booth #330. Here is more information:



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