Well Funk in the City has come and gone. It always seems like I spend so much time getting ready for it and then poof it’s gone. I thought I’d share what all happened.
Notes from my last art festival.
The morning started out beautiful. The sun was shining and it was cool but mild. You could feel the rain coming though.
It always stinks when you have to make a call on going ahead and setting up when the weather is pretty but going to change. I made the call to go ahead and go, hopeful that the rain would hold off.
But it was not to be, in fact it rained earlier than expected. The art show opened at 10 am and we had our first sprinkles by 12:30 I’d say.
I still had a good time, seeing my artist friends and meeting new ones. Tom Reed is a new one. See his booth below. He makes these beautiful artistic wooden cooking utensils, they truly are works of art.
We hit it off right away. I love to hear the stories of other artists and how they got to where they are now. Tom shared some good art show prospects and we exchanged business cards. He has a website and a Facebook page.
I was envious of his extremely quick set up and tear down. Mine takes me two hours!
More notes from my last art festival.
Moving on, I took this photo of Vincent Boren who is an artist friend for a couple of years now. He’s one of those artists that you see at shows with his painting clothes on and painting right there in front of everyone.
I have a hard time doing that. One, I don’t like anyone over my shoulder and two, I don’t like the pressure. Each stroke feels like a screw up. However, Vincent does it like a champ. I’m sure it’s great for business too.
He and two other friends of mine (Glenn Ray and Daniel Fitzgerald) shared a tent together. Too bad I neglected to get a photo of them.
The art show was off to a great start.
The crowd started off pretty good. The music was playing and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I found some new collectors for my artwork and that is always a good time in my book.
Then, it started to sprinkle. People started to thin out. Some stayed and shopped but I think towards the middle and the last for sure it was mostly other artists wandering around waiting to pack it all in.
Even more notes from my last art festival
Another good friend of mine, Vicki Wilson, was there selling her farmhouse rustic paintings. She always does really well and her art show booth always looks top notch. She works hard at it and it shows. You can’t see Vicki in this photo, but she’s there behind her collectors. Click here for a link to her website.
I wanted to share a cool photo I got of a young guy that bought my Poker Face mask. It’s actually named “Luck be a lady” but it looks more like a Poker Face to me now. He was just 14 and now he’s an art collector. I sent him the photo, I can just see him using it for a profile pic. It’s pretty cool.
Funny thing is I sold the other mask I had just an hour earlier. It was another Sugar Skull Mask. I called this one “Red Rose”. It’s funny how that goes, people pass over them for a long time and them boom I sell both in one day. But I’m so happy they both found loving homes.
If I can figure out a way for it to not be so time consuming for me, I’ll make more masks. They were fun. They look like fun art festival wear, don’t you think?
To wrap it up, the rain was coming down at a steady pace from 2:00 to the end of the show and it kept on falling all the night through. I looked and felt like a drowned rat by the time I got my van all loaded up. Thankfully, I had help. My husband and son came to help me load up and we went out to eat to celebrate Mother’s Day early.
So that’s my notes from my last art festival. I have a solo exhibit in August at Alexandrian Public Library and then September 7th I’m doing MiniCon again. That was so much fun. Also, September 21st is the 16th Annual Fall Funk in the City and I’ll be there. Hopefully, it won’t rain!
I hope your Mother’s Day was fantastic. Here’s me and my mom from about 11 years ago! I sure miss her. Also, a rare photo of my son and I on Mother’s Day 2019. He’s growing up so fast. I’m so proud of him, he’s got the best heart.
Learn more about me here. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery.
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