Shaker Village Craft Fair

Next up in my 2018 art fair schedule is a new show for me and I’m very excited to be able to participate this year! The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Craft Fair is around 3 weeks away and I’m busy making some new items for this show. Put it on your list if you were not able to make it to Berea this year. Click the image below for more info.

Bluegrass and Backroads on KET

A few years ago, the wonderful producers of Bluegrass and Backroads came to my home in West Liberty to film me for a short segment on their program. It was a wonderful experience. I have learned recently that the show featuring my artwork is airing again on KET.

If you missed it the first time, here it is. My television debut!

 

Read my original blogpost about the filming experience here. And add Bluegrass and Backroads to your DVR schedule to learn more about the gifted artists, musicians and interesting places to visit in Kentucky.

Berea Craft Festival 2018 Edition

One of my favorite weekends of the year is fast approaching. If you’ve visited the Berea Craft Fair in the historic Indian Fort Theater, you probably know why. How fun to have the woods filled arts and crafts and musicians and dancers and good food and good vibes and good will and camaraderie and….well, you get my drift.

My work table is filled with work to complete, as is always the case before a show. And the excitement is setting in.

Make plans to visit us in Berea, Ky on July 13, 14 and 15th if you can. In addition to the craft festival, Berea, Ky is a wonderful, fun experience with a good amount of galleries to visit, two of which just received large shipments of some of my newest pieces. (Appalachian Fireside Gallery and the Kentucky Artisan Center)

Hope to see you there!

 

An Organized Space

With a few good years of art shows, both indoor and outdoor, under my belt, I realize that since the beginning I’ve been on a never ending search for the ultimate art tent set up. Thinking back to my first outdoor art show, I can’t help but cringe at how unbelievably unprepared I was. In retrospect, I wish I had been able to find a resource to better prepare me (or that Pinterest had been in existence). But that information really comes with time, experience, and lots of conversation with fellow vendors who are kind enough to share their wisdom with a newb. Along the way, I have made some discoveries that make a selling weekend easier and I think I’ll begin to share them in the hopes that another artist’s selling weekend might be a little easier or flow smoother.

I still don’t feel like I have it all figured out and I spend a lot of time thinking about layouts and display and the best tent set-ups. I have found it to be particularly difficult trying to figure out the best displays for dolls in all conditions, considering that there are sometimes things like fierce wind and rain to consider during outdoor shows.

This past weekend was my first show of 2018–the Kentucky Crafted Market. An indoor show using a pipe and drape system to section off individual spaces, this set-up is pretty much a breeze. No inclement weather to deal with, no tent to set up and a large indoor unloading area is about as handy as it gets.

Once everything was set up and my dolls were displayed, I realized I needed a way to make checkout a little more efficient. I had planned to have a space on the tabletop as a checkout area with 15 x 20 tissue for small items but I still needed a place to store bags and large tissue paper for padding bags and wrapping larger items. I try to avoid table top clutter and didn’t have space or an extra flat surface for the tissue.

Then I remembered two brackets I brought with me ‘just in case’. These brackets are originally intended to mount onto a deck or porch rail and are used to support small tiki torches. But, through my wonderful art friends on Facebook I learned that many artists use these brackets, attached to folding tables, to support poles which can hold pennant banners or signage or lighting or anything you can dream up.

I had also packed an extra dowel rod ‘just in case’. And so…

Problem solved! My large tissue paper is easily accessible, the bags I need most often are close at hand, easily hidden from view and I have no table clutter. Had I had S-hooks and a longer dowel, I could have stored a couple of different sizes of bags.

Like most things, this is a great starting point in thinking about how to use these brackets and dowels in ways other than their intended uses. My mind is spinning with another possibility using that system.

Feel free to use this idea during your next event! I hope it helps in some way!