Hitting The Art Fair Trail
Now that I’ve been doing some new work over the last nearly two years, we’re going to take the show on the road again. It’s been 18 years since we did our last art festival. All of the show booth stuff was lost in a fire several years ago, so we’ve had to start from scratch. We’ve replaced the old heavy, cumbersone pegboard panels with ProPanels, and have a tent being delivered in a few days. We’re going to start out small, with some of the local fundraising stuff, church bazaars, high school art festivals, etc., just to get our feet wet again. I don’t know if we’ll sell much at those, but we need to work out the kinks, and they’re cheap shows within an hour’s drive.
Show booth setup – dry run
I did a dry run, setting the booth up in the garage. Smart move. Putting the ProPanels up will be a quick setup next time, but I took my time and made a few false starts on the dry run. That took a while. Tear down, start to finish, ready to load, took about twenty minutes. The only problem is going to be fitting everything into the Trailblazer. We did a dry run of that as well, and it all went in, but we’ll have to try it again with the tent. We may need a small enclosed trailer, which is going to kill the budget. Aside from the purchase, we’ll have to store it in a storage yard, because there’s no driveway at our townhouse. Two cars plus a trailer is one parking space too many.
The gouache paintings
The framed gouache paintings look good hanging on the walls. I understand the horror some feel about varnishing gouache, but it’s my preference, and I will quietly go my own way. I’ve had the joy of handling, transporting and breaking glass, and besides, I prefer the way the paintings look placed directly into the frame. My gallery, Woods At Mission Timber in Sanger, Texas, like them that way as well.
I’ve attached some photos of the booth. There are still some adjustments and tweaking to do, but the basics are there, and we’re getting excited. We do remember the hot Texas summer days outdoors, and the rain, and the hours spent watching people pass by without stopping. But there was something adventurous about it all, and we’ve missed that. I’ve still got a lot of framing and other things to do, but hopefully we’ll get out there sometime in the next few weeks. Hopefully, we’ll at least sell enough to pay for the shows. I figure if we can sell a little in this economy, it can only get better when things improve.