Well, the show was quite an experience. I know you’re wondering if I sold any paintings – not a single one! I’m bummed by this, but from what we could see, NO ONE sold any paintings. The event was not advertised at all, and the turn-out was bleak. The food vendors with free samples were walking around with HUGE trays of goodies, practically begging people to eat their stuff – obviously THEY had expected much bigger crowds as well.
This was primarily a Wine Tasting, and the “Artisans in Attendance” were secondary to the event. I believe, because of this, people were not there to buy art, they were there to drink wine. So, another lesson learned – I’ll choose events that are specifically designated as Art Shows.
In spite of no sales, this was still a very positive experience. I was really pleased with the set up for displaying my paintings. These photos were taken before we’d moved our vehicles.
Not sure what I’m doing in the next photo – apparently I think I’m a spy and I’m hiding from Russian Agents or something…….
The next two photos show a better view of the Wire Shelving that I used for my “walls”.
Lorna was enormously helpful, and she and I and another artist (Andy) sat and people-watched and chatted. The weather was gorgeous, the location was fabulous, so all-in-all, a good experience.
Some things that I came away with were
Make your price tags BIG; if you think your Font is big enough, make it two fonts bigger!
Don’t put things in sealed plastic sleeves; if they sit in the sun, the plastic mists up inside and marks whatever is in the sleeve.
Check that there is either an ATM on site, or the Sponsors of the event have a way to do financial transactions on your behalf (I don’t yet have a way of taking payment, other than cash or cheque).
I am so glad that I attended this event – I learned a lot, AND I now have a “body of work”!