Sunday, July 12, 2009

Exhausted..... beyond belief....

but it was a good show. Here's my new tent. I stayed cozy and dry during the storms on Saturday. This was the first show I've done where I was allowed to park right on the grounds...behind the tent. That was such a great convenience. It made things so much easier.


Close-up of my display



And my crazy neighbor Mike.....who looks like Kenny Rogers. He was trying to drive me crazy by hanging his pictures all askew.


It stormed Saturday morning and part of the show was located in a valley....which is where my tent was located. The storm drain was next to my tent. After two hours of rain....it started to build up. So the art show staff and some of the male artists got out shovels and dug a drainage ditch so we didn't get flooded out. I call this picture...."How many artists does it take to dig a ditch?". By my count that would be 5. But I heard that this was nothing...two years ago they had 2-3" of water in all the booths.



I am relieved to have the summer shows over. I get a chance to relax, do some gardening, read a few books, and come up with some new designs for the shows in November.


But right now I'm going to get some sleep.


6 comments:

Katie said...

Congrats on finish your summer season!

Kira said...

Wow, not so much luck on the weather this past month! At least in November they'll be indoors.

Sarasota Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures, Gail. I still haven't located a rental tent for Sept. in Georgia!

Sarah

Karen Elmquist said...

Nice set up, I have tent envy!

Elaine said...

You're booth looks great!

Marcia said...

I can surely commiserate on the bad weather. My very first outdoor show was a nightmare. What initially was a lovely morning quickly turned into high winds throughout the day. My displays consisted of 3 heavy square glass vases containing colored marbles and tree branches, and my tent was light-weight. Every time the wind whipped up, I had to alternate between holding down the tent and the vases. The vases continually tipped over, spilling marbles and jewelry into the street. I wanted to cry. I was so worried that people would slip and fall on them, then sue me. Thank God my husband and best friend were there to help hold down the tent. Eventually, I had to put away the glass displays and take all my jewelry off the branches and pin the pieces down to the table (tacky!) Passersby could not tell what I was selling, so they passed me by. Needless to say, I did not make much in sales. 45 minutes before the end of the show, the organizers asked everone to leave because of dangerous weather approaching. I heard from others that many paintings, pottery, etc. were destroyed due to high wind gusts of 50 mph. The good news is, I broke even that day and didn't lose any pieces, and now I have a "back-up plan" for outdoor shows with inclement weather predictions. Live and learn!

BTW - Your work and booth look great!