When the chairperson for the Mt. Adams Artwalk asked me to participate, I had my doubts, but I agreed, provided she assign me to an indoor locale. Some artists would be setting up on the sidewalks, while others would be inside the stores and restaurants. She assured me that she had placed me in a very nice market/cafe/bar named Sprout. But even so, I had visions of myself, parking six blocks away from the place, and making umpteen trips back and forth to the car, in pouring rain, lugging heavy equipment and artwork, and then sitting miserably in a cramped, neglected corner all day. I considered backing out several times, but I had promised, and she posted such a nice advertisement about my artwork, that I felt I just had to go through with it. I'm so glad I did! This art fair turned out to be what every artist dreams of!
It was a gorgeous, sunny morning.
I parked the car right across the street from the cafe.
The owner and employers were so nice and helpful, and just fun people to spend the day with.
They let me set up right in the middle area between the cafe and the market. Everybody who walked in the door had to go right past my display. And lots of people walked in the door! Some people were there for the artwalk, but others came in to shop in the market, AND the cafe was a very popular place to sit down and eat! They offered a very unique brunch menu, and they were crazy busy all day long until about 3:00, and then it calmed down a little bit, but soon, new customers started showing up for drinks and cheese plates. I sat on the corner bar stool all day, sipping Diet Coke and drawing, but I didn't get a lot of drawing accomplished, as I had so many visitors to talk to about my artwork!
I also gave away free mini Hershey bars to everybody who walked by (they had special wrappers with an image of my artwork, and my website, sort of like a business card)
At about 5:30, I started packing up, thinking I should get out of the way before their dinner rush. A few employees helped me, and it didn't take long at all to load everything back into the car. Mission accomplished. I still have to haul everything back to the gallery, but it turned out to be a good experience this time. Not saying I'll do another art fair this year... but I'm glad I did this one!