Making for Shows
May 26, 2015
I’ve been doing a few art shows/artwalks recently, so my art-making life has been centered around them.
Last week I was a vendor in a boutique at a luncheon and fundraiser for the local chapter of the Alzheimers Association, I’m happy to support the Alzheimers Association, not only because of people I know whose families have been affected by Alzheimers, but also because this luncheon supports the caregivers of those affected by Alzheimers, and honors a caregiver each year. And I always provide a scarf for the auction they have during the luncheon, which I make just for the occasion in the AA signature purple color.
This event was followed 2 days later by the Balboa Island Art Walk. I really enjoy both these shows, and they both bring me to my target market clientele.
This was my 8th time in the Balboa Island Art Walk. Its held every May, on the bayfront walk of Balboa Island in Newport Beach, CA. The bay front walk goes around the perimeter of the island, and is at most an 8′ walkway. Artists’ displays can be at most 3′ deep. So people can easily get up close to see the artwork, and not have to make that socially awkward, unintentional commitment of walking into a 10×10 pop-up booth space to look at the work. I love that! I wish more art shows could figure this out, that the pass-by rate decreases when people don’t have to walk into a pop-up tent!
And now I’m replenishing my inventory, especially the scarves, for the upcoming Contemporary Crafts Market in Pasadena, CA, on June 5-7.
This is one of the best shows of work by fine art and hand craft makers, where the vendors who are showing are the people who actually hand-make their wares. There is a fee to get into this show, but if you go to CCM’s website, you can download a pass that gets 2 people in free for the whole three days, a $16.00 value! There’s only so many passes available, so don’t delay!
I’ll be primarily featuring my new line of hand-painted pillowcases, as well as my silk scarf line: Poppies and Poppies on Waves (above), Olive Branches, Flower Fields, Layers, Koi, Watermelon Wedges, Apples, and hopefully some designs I’m working out now that I might be able to sneak in!