Thursday, July 21, 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 this...one 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).
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 Mills....plus 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
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.
Memmorial Day weekend was spent in Harrisburg,PA at their beautiful art show on the shore of the Susquehanna River in the downtown Riverfront Park. The juried show had 275 artists from around the country. The quality of the work was outstanding and the crowds were huge.
Load in and tare down was a real challenge but overall the show was a good one with lots of artist amenities and a wonderful artist party Sat. night. The weather was rainy Friday and HOT Sat. and Sun. I was assigned a beautiful spot under a big tree on the shore of the river. It was one of the few shady cool spots in the show.
We had a great weekend at the show and met some amazing artists. Also, our friends from Philadelphia made the trip to see us at the show.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This is the second year for the Canton National Art Show at the Canton Museum of Art. The show had 75 artists from around the country. Only three us were from the Canton area. Me, Ted Lawson, and Bill Shearrow. The show had a fabulous collection of very talented artists. Unfortunately, the crowds were light and sales were lower than last year. It was a very nice experience and I'm glad I decided to apply and participate. There were many complimentary comments and it could have been very successful because there were several customers who seemed to really like my paintings and were back several times to measure and decide. Unfortunately, I only sold three paintings. It could have very easily been ten paintings.
The opening preview night was elegant and high class. the food was gourmet and the wine plentiful. The museum provided the artists with a very nice Italian dinner before the event began. I'll consider this show again next year and hope for better sales.