Monday, May 17, 2010

Back From The Festival

And Holy Moly--look at the people--

I think it's safe to say that half the population of Rochester was there, plus surrounding areas.  These shots were taken on Saturday.  It was cold and later overcast, but okay,  considering how it could have been.  Yesterday was one of the most gorgeous days I've seen in a LONG time--it was perfect.  And people were definitely out enjoying the beautiful weather.   Sales weren't great, but they never are for me on a Sunday, but I didn't care--I was just enjoying the day. 

So, I wanted you to meet a couple more of my artist friends.  First of all, I had to get my booth all ready--

And down the same row that I was in, was Jen.  The name of her businsess is P.S. Enjoy Your Life (how much do you love that title?!)  I met Jen  last year at her very first art show. She may be just starting out, but you would never know it.   When we first met, we just  clicked,  and all I have to do is show you her art, and then you'll know why (you can click on the photos to get a better view)--

The smaller pieces are prints on 3.5'' x 4.5'' resin coated woodblocks, and don't you love that large piece that she had on the outside of her tent. It's always good to display an attention-getter like this to get people inside your booth. And underneath the painting  are these--

These are resin-filled coasters with vintage bottle caps!--Cool!

So at the end of the show, we bartered, and this is what I picked out from her--

And now you know why we're kindred spirits!  And she does have a website---p.s.enjoy your life--just click on the title.

And then, at the end of my row, was Roland.  Roland is a metal artist.  My husband and I met Roland back in the 90's when he was just starting out also.  I remember--he had all of his work and tent in the back of a pick-up truck.  It was a craft show, and to this day  it's in  the top 10 list of one of the worst shows that I've been in, BUT,  it's  also in the top 10  list of one of the most enjoyable shows that I've been in because Roland was our neighbor, and  all we did that whole weekend was laugh--Roland is one of a kind.  His booth  is a double one, so it was hard to get a good shot--here's the front--

So-this is what he specializes in, and I'm taking this description right off of his website--Roland's creations are constructed from metal spikes, rods, rivets and other pieces of steel.   And they're all of different professions, and also custom ordered too.  And I mean EVERY profession--

Are you kind of getting the idea of Roland's wit?  ; )

And every year, he features a couple of larger pieces that he's designed.  This year it's a spider monkey and owl, and notice the spiders next to the owl--

This next photo is Roland's personal favorite--

And I can't talk about Roland without mentioning his wife Maria--I'm pretty sure that she is his rock.  She's great, and I'm thinking a very patient person (I may be wrong, but I think you might need a little bit of patience with Roland.....but in a good way : )  It was so great to see them both.  Roland's website is (and again, just click on the title)

So, as you can see, I had a great weekend, and I could go on, but this post is getting WAY too long.  I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm going to have another giveawy in my next post--just to thank everyone for following and stopping by to leave comments.  I always, always appreciate this!!


Buffy said...

Wow there was alot of people,your booth looks great! Sounds like you had a fun time. I bet you're tired. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

La Dolce Vita said...

what a great booth! looks like you had a great time!!

rachel awes said...

oh my gosh, what a fun post!
i adore your finds!!
that obgyn sculpture is
hilarious & great!
love the virtual tour.

Christa Irell said...

Yep, I can see Roland's wit alright... lol
Looks like you had a great time- glad the weather held out for you.
Love the photos- and your booth looks wonderful!
Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

jen said...

Wow, thanks for posting that!! How cool is your art blog?! I love it! It was great seeing you this weekend=) Cant wait until Canal days! Lovin my table!

p.s. up your prices =)

Sherry said...

I like the way you set up your booth. It's so hard to figure out how to do that well yet have everything portable.

I cracked up at the Exotic Dancer!!

daisydolls said...

Diane this is a fabulous post! I feel like I was there with you. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I'm so glad you had a good weekend!!

Sandy..... said...

Your booth looks great~! (as do the others as well...) I love the table shown at the right front of the picture. Too cute~

Jeanne Nelson said...

What a fun "trip" with you this morning! I feel like I visited the festival, with you as my guide, ;). The artwork and boothes previewed are intriguing, making me want to step forward and see more! So glad you are home, safely, and "came out to your porch" to share your weekend with me. Wishing you a restful week ahead, sweetie. xoxo ~~ Jeanne

Kelly Berkey said...

Oh Diane, your booth was so beautiful! I'm shocked everything didn't sell!
Well, I sent some jewelry to a friend with a booth at a Cali fair and it was a big flop. I found out after that they put it together in 5 weeks and didn't advertise well. I'm feeling that shows might not be my cup of tea. Are you selling on Etsy yet?
Loved all your photos!

Janet Ghio said...

Glad you didn't get rained on Diane and love the artwork that you traded for! You should apply to come to the Art in the Park festival in Columbia, MO next year! Interested to see what you think about the Survivor grand finale!!

Brigitte aka Scrappassie said...

This looks so fantastic !! Wish we had events like this overhere ... well, maybe not, because I would spend a fortune LOL I love the little paintings and that metalart is fantastic too, I love it ! Thanks for showing this ;-)

Emelie said...

Your booth does look just wonderful just like I would love to walk in and say Hi Diane, I am Emelie, and hopefully your would shout EMELIE What!!!>>>.

Yes fairs are quite wonderful and it looks like you had grat weather and people. I thought of you several times, and know that you had wonderful things for sale.

So thanks for the Fair News and now on with whatever we both think needs to be done.

Also enjoyed very much seeing the two other artists work. Will vist their web site.

Martha Lever said...

Hi Diane,
What a wonderful group and people around you. I love the pieces you bartered for and Roland's art is great--and funny!. How creative he is!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

So happy to hear that the weather was fine for the festival. Looked like a lovely time, and I wish I had been there (so I could visit family as well). I love Roland's work - that owl is great! Thanks for sharing! Theresa

Regina said...

Looks like you had a great weekend!
What lovely finds.

Lynn said...

What a fun day! I loved looking at all the art by everyone, and going through your blog meeting YOU and YOUR art which is all wonderful to behold! Wow!!!!!!!!!! Love the fine lady themes, and the boxes, and woodwork/paintings, all so fun.

Thanks Diane for coming to my blog today too and am glad you liked what you saw there as well. Good to meet you!

Terri Kahrs said...

Can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your post today - especially the intro to some great new artists. Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Biljana said...

It looks a great weekend.Thanks for sharing pictures:)

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

What a wonderful weekend you must have had! It's so fun to meet fellow artists online, I can't imagine how fun it is to get to know them in a setting like this!
Hope you had a great time and good sales too!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Diane! Your booth looked so beautiful! It must have been so fun to decorate. So glad you had a wonderful time. Love your artistic friends creations! Both of their works are amazing! The exotic dancer one was just fabulous! Creative Blessings to you! :)

Marilyn Rock said...

Wonderful booth; thanks for sharing this! Sounds like a wonderful experience!

Rina said...

wow...I love Roland's my eye on a few of his for sharing.

Monica said...

what a great market and so glad you had such a good time. i think what i love most is all the groovy kindred folk you get to meet.

Debby said...

Sounds like the perfect weekend. Your booth looks awesome.

jgr said...

What a great festival! I almost feel like I was there-lol. Thanks for sharing the great art and links, I'm off to check them out.

Tina said...

That show and the artists look amazing. Hope I can find some shows like that. I'm so ready to get back into doing shows again. It's been 5 years since I've done one.
You meet the best people there

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your booth is amazing. You have a lot of lovely pieces for sale. I know you said it was not going to be a great festival for sales, but I hope it was at least worth the trip.

I adore that piece with the houses that you bartered for. It is truly lovely. I see why you like Jen's art. It is quite similar to yours. Looks like there was a lot more mixed media pieces at your festival, and that is a good thing.

Thanks for sharing the links, too. Sorry I didn't get here sooner. Blogger has been more bogging than blogging this week for me.

wanda miller said...

...oh diane... your booth is just fantastically laid out...just love the lattice! it's gotta be such a job doing all that.
your work looks even better than the straight pictures on your sister always tells me this, now i believe her (nothing better than in the flesh) and your booth shows so much more justice to your pieces!!! love em! thank you for all the looking around you gave us, since we couldn't be there, wonderful along with your usual good humor.
thank you so much for your retort on my inspire the already inspired and talented is the bomb!! xo wanda

mary said...

i just love psenjoyyourlife! What a great talent

Beth Rommel said...

Looks like a great event and your booth is beautiful. I am sure there was a lot of work and thought that went into its design. nice.

Say It In Color said...

Wow, girl you have been one busy bee! You sure can produce a lot of fabulous work! Really have enjoyed everything you do....I no longer throw away a few things I've seen in your work! You are inspiring!...OH! I finally started my favorite blog list and I got you on I slow or what!? And my dad had a piece like Roland's work....from who...I don't know but it was a keeper! And the artwork you shared of Jen's....just wonderful and different and fun!!

Melissa said...

Hey Diane-
Looks like you had a nice time at the festival. Your fellow artists had some very interesting art. I liked both of them! To answer your question about the necklace you commented on on my blog, yes they will be for sale. I'm working on a new line just like those called "Beachy Bohemian" to be posted soon!

Lovey said...

I would have been lost in the love of the crafts...good for you to have attended and had such a great time!


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