Monday, September 28, 2009

Hyde Park recap

Ok, this photo has nothing to do with the Hyde Park Street Fest other than that it was taken near there last spring, when I was hiking and had never published it.

Hyde Park went ok, lots of great people watching, lots of positive feedback. Didn't make any money but made a couple of little girls really happy when I slashed my price in 1/2 and they could buy something with their allowance. My goal was to break even and if you don't count my time, I did that. 25 hours to sit in a booth is a long time, but I am not complaining. This is something I always wanted to do and now I am doing it. I did sell three of my favorite pieces the "I will be good" , The vintage tile frame, and the Vintage Sun Valley collage.

One of the best things about the location of my booth was it faced the "Camels Back" and I could watch the little kids climbing it all day like a bunch of ants. There was a huge crack down the face of it and a lot of the little ones were using that to climb up in. At night they were still climbing and all I could see was the glo of their glo sticks inching their way up, pretty cool!

Tomorrow is my 50th birthday and my husband and daughter are having a party for me in the evening. In the morning I will be mountain biking in the foothills before the big storms arrive.

Then in 2 days my friend Nancy and I will venture to Portland for the "Art and Soul" artist retreat and workshops...more when I get back....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Getting Ready for Hyde Park Street Fair

So I have never even been to this event before but hear it is lots of fun. 2 stages of live music. This is the 30th anniversary of the street fair and it is a fundraiser for my neighborhood, so I am excited. They are expecting huge crowds and there will even be a bike valet, to encourage people to ride their bikes. The set up is Thursday at 6pm. And the fair runs Fri. from 5-10, Sat. from 10-10 and Sun. from 10-6. It will be an intensive weekend and I am sure I will be pretty tired come Sunday evening. I purchased a double spot and am sharing it with Photographer Michael F. and glass artist Lisa T.

Some of my new projects I will be showing this weekend are:

A wooden collaged key holder depicting our beloved town.
A "shrine" to good beer. For years I have collected miniature beer steins, then at the Tour de fat, I got the wrist band that says " I can drink good beer and have the ID to prove it." Then when we were at our friends Ben and Carrie's cabin, Ben was throwing out all the beer caps and I said "wait I want those!" and the piece came together.
We live at the foot of a ski hill. 16 miles straight up is Bogus Basin Ski Resort. I had to do a piece on skiing. Some of these miniatures I even saved from my trip to Europe.
Miriam, a fellow artist in the Gypsy Gallery has been cleaning out her studio and I have graciously accepted some of her castaways, One of them being this old movie canister. I found photos of old movie stars and glued them to the canister and then sealed the whole thing with a 2 part resin. Attached is a kaleidoscope, so I have named it the Kaleidoscope of Stars.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Busy September

This is the most recent piece I have made, I finished it on Thursday just in time to take it to First Thursday and it sold that night. I also sold my "Community Garden" piece to a woman that belongs to the same community garden as I. I sold 5 other pieces between that evening and Sat. market. They were "Obama Optimism," "Texas Chili," "Natty Nutcracker," "Monet Waterlilies," and "Cathedral in Milan."

Some strong winds came through on Sat. morning, knocking over work and breaking about 4 pieces which I now need to repair, so between that and making 7 new pieces to replace what has sold, I have a busy 2 weeks between now and the Hyde Park Street Fair. The dates for that are Sept. 18, 19, and 20th. Hope to see you there!