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Art On The Square, Bedford, PA

June 20, 2012

Untitled, 8×10, Gouache, Plein Air

Fence, 5×7, Gouache, Plein Air

I started the day by painting for about an hour and a half.  These two paintings were the result.  Then we went into town, intending to stroll the sidewalks of downtown Bedford and see some of the historic old buildings up close.

We walked into what we thought was the Chamber of Commerce to get a map of downtown.  It turns out that the C&C had moved, and we instead found ourselves standing in the office and gallery for the Bedford County Council for the Arts.  We struck up a conversation with Heidi Custer, and discovered that this coming weekend is their annual Arts On The Square.  After a little more talk, we had filled out an application and paid our fee.  Heidi took a quick look at my website, and we had our acceptance.

So, this coming Saturday and Sunday, we will have a booth as part of the festival in downtown Bedford.  This is an exciting opportunity to see how travelling and doing small, local shows is going to work.

We immediately ran into some complications.  As we returned to the RV park, the jeep suddenly made a screeching noise, obviously related to the transmission.  Fortunately, there was a Chrysler/Jeep dealer right next door, so we headed to the service department.  The culprit appears to be the throwout bearing.  It can be fixed, but the parts had to be ordered, and the dealer was short on mechanics.  It can’t be fixed until Monday.  We had originally intended to rent a U-Haul trailer, but found ourselves needing to rent a vehicle instead.  Enterprise was right next door, but turned out to be useless.  We couldn’t even get in contact with a representative.  We found a local auto rental company, Payless, with an efficient, friendly rep.  We wanted to rent a van, but none of the rental companies in town had one.  We looked at a Ford Escape, but it was really too small.  We finally settled on a Ford F-150 4×4.  We’ll use the next two days getting artwork ready and practicing how we’ll load the truck with show equipment.  We think it will work.

So, we now get to test how easily we can do a show under fulltime RV conditions.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. William R Moore permalink
    June 21, 2012 10:23 am

    Ralph,
    I like your reflections in the water of your first morning sketch.

    Serendipity, Good luck with your show. When preparation meets opportunity.

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