Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cincinnati Summerfair

Cincinnati Summerfair June 2012

The Cincinnati Summerfair was held at the beautiful Coney Island park near downtown Cincinnati.  There were 300 artists and reported to be 50,000 people at this three day event.  The park setting was beautiful and the artists were of the highest quality...too many jewelers for my taste...but still high quality overall.  I was the only abstract painter in the show...that made me nervous at the start because Cinci is reported to be a very conservative community.  None the less. I sold well and had many appreciative customers come through my booth.

It was beautiful being set up in a park with trees all the end of the show, I was ready to take a chain saw to the little tree right behind my booth.  it always seemed to be in the way.

As always, one of the best things about doing these art shows, is meeting many talented and interesting artists.  The artist next door to me was Shano.  He is an amazing jeweler and an amazing young man.  He had a booth full of women all weekend and has one of the most vivacious personalities you'd ever meet. He testament to the fact that you can still make money selling art if you have the right product, the right price, and the right personality.  He had the women "eating out of hand" all weekend.  Look him up he's one in a million.

Westchester Fine Art Festival

Westchester Fine Art Festival May 2012

This show was a fine art show of the highest quality in the cutest little town of Scarsdale, NY ...just north of NYC.  Scarsdale is a very upscale community just north of the city composed of a cute little downtown surrounded by mansions ans upscale condos.  The show was presented by The Paragone Organization and Bill Kinney.

I was a little worried when I set up because there were several VERY GOOD painters and I felt that the competion for customers was going to be a problem.  Not to worry...I had one of my best shows and sold several large paintings.  I'll definitely be back again next year/

After the show, my wife and I spent two glorious days relaxing and enjoying the NY Finger Lakes area. 

Canton National Art Show

Canton National April 2012

Another wonderful art show by the Canton Museum of Art. Curated by Ron Beahn and featuring 70 professional artists from around the country.  This show was once again a show of the highest quality.  The Friday night wine soiree was well attended and filled with appreciative art buyers. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Little Art Gallery Dec. 2011

Little Art Gallery

North Canton Ohio

"Joy and Departure"

Joe Martino and

Annette Yoho Feltes

Dec. 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cain Park Art Festival 2011

Cain Park once again proved to be one of the premiere art shows in Ohio and the nation. The weather was a little hot Sun. (90+) but the show was a great success. 150 artists from all over the country in a beautiful park setting. Artist breakfasts before the show on Fri. and Sat. and a nice awards lunch provided by a staff that fussed over us for four days. The staff (there seemed to hundreds of them)seemed to not be able to do enough for all of us. This show has always had a reputation of being very artist friendly. This year the staff truly outdid themselves for out benefit.

The Cleveland Hts. crowds were out in force and very art savy and appreciative. Sales were outstanding and crowds were huge Fri. and just OK Sat. and Sun. My booth neighbors were very friendly and talented. Overall, the quality of the artwork was amazing.

Artist will appreciate of the best features of the show is the fact that they allow you to park your vehicle behind your booth and also allow you to camp out overnight in the park if you want with shower and bathroom facilities open to the artists with free latenight concerts in the park on the Cain Park main stage.

I'm on to Chicago (Aug. 5-7 )and then New York (Aug. 13-14).

Boston Mills Artfest 2011

This year's BM Artfest was the best yet. I had a great spot in the front of the South tent, the weather was great, the crowds were huge, made lots of sales, and met some amazing artists that I now can call my friends. The weekend started out a little iffy because Fri. afternoon was a little rainy and everyone predicted rain for the opening. The show started at 6PM and the rain stopped at 5:59. The director said later that Fri. night was the largest crowd yet for an opening at Boston the wine table was set up right in fron tof my booth...good start to a great show.

Sat. was beautiful and the crowd was huge. Our friends played music Sat. (MoMojo - Jen Maurer and her band...they were great). Sales were great Sat. and continued through Sun. Teardown was a breeze also. We finally figured it out at Boston Mills. Instead of fighting the rush to leave, Gail and I went to a restaurant at the end of the show and had a leisurely dinner, then returned to find that we could drive our van right up to our booth and pack up.

Overall it was the best show so far this year. The quality of the artwork was amazing and the crowds were here to buy and appreciate the art. Ron Bean, the director of the show, and his staff were well organized and gracious. I hope to be in the show often in the future. On to Cain Park next show.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gervasi Art Night

Thurs. June 20th was the Gervasi Vineyard's first Art on the Piazza. I was asked to demonstrate my painting and display my artwork on the beautiful patio of the winery. I had fun and made many new contacts with the appreciative crowd. The winery has expanded their art series to include featured artists on several Thurs. nights during the summer.