I've been doing pretty well on the fall shows this year. It has been a busy season and I'm about to finish up with City flea on Saturday.
Bellevue Art in the Park was my first show of the season. It is set on the Ohio river in a park that used to me a beach. I need to find some pics for next year to go on my mugs. I've been researching cincy history and want to add a lot more of that sort of thing to my work. So far it's been paying off as I found that I did triple the sales of last year at that show. I met a new person at this show, Nadine. She is a silk painter and does wearable art. We bartered pottery for a beautiful black and white scarf. She is easily in her 70's and is a shining example of one of my favorite quotes. When asked when she's going to retire, her response is "I'm just getting started!"
The next weekend was the Art Alliance show in Mason. It was the same weekend as Octoberfest and I think the crowds were not as great as they could have been but it was and enjoyable day. The music was great (I love my bluegrass fix) and the kids activities were fun. This show seems to go about and beyond in this department. Meredith and Glenda are top notch in this department. This is the show that the instructors from take pArt are at and it was good to regroup with them a bit and see what they do one their own. I also ran into my son's Engineering teacher - his wife, does letter press and I bought some of her sweet cards. My friends, Nadine, Annette and Greg, stopped by and Nadine stayed till the end to help pack up. I'm always grateful for that!
The third weekend of this crazy month included 2 shows. The first was Milford's Art Affaire at the Promont Museum. This is a tight show in every way. Mary spends an enormous amount of time organizing and the space is limited so there's not a lot of room to maneuver. One of the husbands ran into some art trying to book his way out of there in the end. Patience is the key word at these kind of things....
The show was heavy in ceramics so it was nice to talk to the other potters at this show. The judges came around several time and Diane, the ceramics judge, was familiar with me. I have some pieces in her shop at Indigenous. I didn't have any expectations of winning anything since there were a ton of potters that were more experienced and, to be blunt, had more talent in their little finger than me. However, I won second place and that's always exciting. I also had a lot of friends that I don't always get to see come visit. Sarah and Jim stopped by as well as Laura and her husband, Chris and Tara and Barry. Dennis Allen came by as well and we talked pottery for a bit.
Sunday's show at Covington's Art Off Pike was just as fun to see the people as it was to see the art. I really dig the urban shows and I think I will try to gravitate to those more next year. Covington is being renovated in some of the same way as Over the Rhine and the businesses we very appreciative of the people the show was bringing to the district. I was set up in front of 4 Season's Catering. Micheal and Melinda were the best hosts - they let me use their bathroom and watched my booth. Always a plus.
This weekend was the first of the school craft shows. Lakota West was better than last year, but it's never the atmosphere as the art shows. The best part is meeting new people, making new friends and seeing old ones that I only get to see at these shows. I AM almost out of inventory again so it will be nice to have a break to work on some new things for November. Ornaments are always the biggest seller at the school shows and I need to get my Santa hat on and get busy. Here's an example of something in the works for this season.