Monday, June 7, 2010

Fairport Canal Days

That's where I was this weekend--Fairport, NY --a great little town or village as they refer to it there, just outside of Rochester.  This is one of my favorite shows, because I love this town.  It's right on the Erie Canal.


They have a lift bridge there--an angled one--from what I understand, there's not many of them still being used in the country.  Every once in a while, you would here the horn go off alerting everyone that the bridge was going to be  lifted for the tour boat or ferry  that's passing underneath--


I was able to catch it when they were lifting it for the tour boat

But let me back up from the beginning.  My employee (aka husband) and I got there bright and early Saturday morning at 6:00 AM to set up my tent and display.  And my tent is not a pop up tent--it's the kind you have to build from the bottom up--a very sturdy durable tent, that I swear by, and it was certainly tested this weekend, let me tell you, but it came through for me as it always does.  Saturday the weather was warm and fairly sunny, but the problem was the wind, not breeze, but WIND!

The show was set up all over the town (the street shows are my favorite).  I was in this parking lot--



Ready for the show--

A couple more "praintings' that I did last week for the show--

 I have to say, that I've been very successful since I've "debuted" my ladies, which makes me very happy.  You know how you get a little nervous when you introduce your new work to the public--wondering how they'll react to it--it's been very positive!! 

So after the initial rush (I did very well), I took a little walk to take photos, but it was a little tricky, because of this--


It was packed!!


Bayou Billy's--My husband's favorite place to eat!





Some really cool artists there too!
And the town itself  has the greatest little shops there--








So when you do these outdoor shows, the real boss is Mother Nature. After Saturday's 35-40 mph wind gusts. This is what she doled out on Sunday--




A nice, rainy, gloomy, COLD (especially when you only brought sandals and light-weight clothes  with you, because the weather on Friday morning called for it to be in the 70's all weekend)  day : )
But the sun did come out--YAY!!-- at 5:00 exactly, and I 'll give you one guess to when the show was over!!

54 comments:

NatashaMay said...

I can tell you had fun! :) I'm so happy for you that the show went well. Your ladies look fantastic.

Trisha said...

Wow, it looks like a great show. I am happy that you did well. You just never know what will sell well. At least for me, it seems like one show certain items sell like crazy and then the next show you don't sell any of those items! :)

Jeanne Nelson said...

What a fun show...on Saturday! So glad to hear you did well, ;). I love your girlies ~~ so peaceful and the embellies add a beautiful touch. Thanks for sharing with us, Diane.

Buffy said...

I'm so glad you did well,and your girls were a hit. Looks like you had fun.

La Dolce Vita said...

i quit doing shows for exactly that reason! guess I am not an all weather girl!! your booth looked awesome and hope you made enough to make you happy!

Tina said...

Wow, I'll have to head over there sometime. This looks great. Do we live somewhat close? I'm in Buffalo. The praintings are so wonderful. A great twist on your originals.
Blessings.
T

Mandy Higgs said...

Wow Diane looks like alot of fun!! Nice you had a good time and the new paintings are amazing as usual!! Great start to the summer!!
Toodles
Mandy

sharon said...

This looks like a great show Diane, and your display looks wonderful! Your pieces are really beautiful, it's obvious you did well!! Glad to hear it was a success!!

Christa Irell said...

What a lovely place! I can see why you like to go there. Glad to know that you had a successful show- and that you were well-prepared for the weather with your good tent! Your booth always looks so pretty.
It's so hard to believe you have been drawing these girls for such a short time, they are just so great! I love the expression you get on their faces!
I just love all of these ideas for painting on prints of art we have already produced, it's very cool!

Terri Kahrs said...

Loved your tour, and it looks like a fabulous show. How nice that your work was well received - it's gorgeous!!! With the looks of that weather, good thing your tent is nice and sturdy. Your employee did a great job setting it up!!! LOL! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Fairport looks very cool! Booth looks wonderful - always nice to find your time and effort pays off! Sounds as if the first day made up for the lousy weather on the second day!

Saschi said...

congratulations Diane!!! Success is GOOD! And now you have "your" style which I see in everything you do and people love that! I know that must feel so good! You know....soon you might be teaching.....

Lotus said...

wow! What a wonderful day!

I love that "Grace" painting/collage you did.
I really like the picture where you mention other artists and it shows mosaic mirrors. You captured a man's face perfectly! lol...

I wish we had something like that over here in my hometown!

Very nice!
Lotus

Dorthe said...

Hi dear,
seems you had a wonderfull show, and a great tour,Diane, congratulations for doing good :)
Your paintings are just wonderfull.
Hugs, Dorthe

Faerie Moon Creations said...

I think we've been through that town! Wow! And it reminds me of Brockport center, as well. So glad to hear that the show was a success. Your items are so beautiful - I don't see how anyone can possibly resist them!!! Thanks for sharing the photos - Theresa :)

Fair Rosamund said...

Looks like a fun time, and what a prety little town! I can see why your new ladies got such a good reaction, they are beautiful! :) ~Lauren

Jay said...

Beautiful day and place and it looks as if it were a lot of fun. Love your paintings they are outstanding
j x

daisydolls said...

I have to say I am loving your ladies!!

Biljana said...

You had such fun, great show.
Your paintings are wonderful:)

Tammie said...

your show looked wonderful until the cold rain hit, that is a shame. I have done shows most my life, so I understand.
Your art is charming, I love how you do hair, so wonderful! Thank you for your lovely visit and comment~

Heather said...

Ah, what an amazing show! I would so love to do a show in an idyllic New England town like that :)

I need to pick your brain about outdoor setups! I am hoping to do some larger shows this fall where I'll need to build an enclosure for my booth. Any tips or suggestions?

So glad you had a good show and that the ladies did well. Shows are always such an exhileration. Seeing people take in your art is so fun, sometimes nerve wracking, but fun!

Annette Q said...

Your show looked brilliant Diane, I'm so pleased that youve been getting such positive feedback... you deserve it because your work is great!
Looks like fun too :-)

Kelly Berkey said...

Diane,
I'm so glad you did well! What a beautiful booth and your girls are so lovely, I can see them selling out!
Hope your week is relaxing and of course creative!
Hugs,
Kelly

Martha Lever said...

I am so glad the show went so well for you!! You ladies are fabulous so OF COURSE they were well received!!! I would love to know how you price them. I always struggle with pricing!

Debby said...

WOW!!!! Looks like the show was fabulous! So glad you done good and I love your new work, gorgeous. We have three lift bridges here in Port Colborne where I live. It is always a race every day to try and get around them coming and going to work. LOL...If one is up, go as fast as you can to the next one before it goes up. I always aim for the middle one and hopefully things will turn out just fine.
Thanks for sharing!
Debby

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I cannot believe how quickly you can make these intricate and gorgeous mixed media assemblages, collages, and ladies. You make more art in a week than I do in a month. I'm going to have to come work with you one of these days. I'm SO glad you did well. Made up for Sunday and the last art show.

Was blogger down in your area today? Sorry I didn't get here sooner. I couldn't post OR leave comments. It was a nightmare.

Gollywobbles said...

Your display is fabulous, and your post makes me miss going to shows just a teeny bit...but then I remember the sheer exhaustion that followed. However, what a "cool" spot for a show. Is your hubby for rent?? Just teasing, lucky you for his support! ~Sam

Nelda Ream said...

Thanks for letting us experience the show through your eyes. What a beautiful little "village". So happy for you that it was a good show in spite of the bad weather. Love your display and your new ladies.

Linda said...

What a lovely display you had there on the trellis; no wonder you did well! Looks like you had a great day Diane....you deserve it.

Jill said...

looks like you had a good time, despite the weather challenges!

Lainey Parker said...

What an amazing setting for an art show, even with the battle of the elements I bet it was fantastic. Your girls are just beautiful!!! Congrats on the succesful show.

Rina said...

love the new girly paintings and looks like it was a fun show...on sat. at least...happy the tent held up.

layers said...

I used to participate in art fairs and festivals during the summer months-- quit a few years ago-- but I still love to go to them and see all the different arts and crafts-- glad you have a good show.

Emelie said...

Just a hi and a thank you. That is embossed wallpaper I found at a garage sale. If you clean it off right away you can use the same piece again. I like it because it has quite a long repeat pattern and also it has a unique border if one just wants that.

We have rain also and now quite much, been pouring all day and it will help the earth and plants a great deal.

Yes I am taking Nora's class and am excited about doing so.

Emelie said...

I forgot to say that I used 3 colors in this painting, a red, a gold, and an aqua, of course some white. You inspired me to do so.
The painting of the girl and the cat.

Marlynn said...

Your praintings are fantastic, Diane. Love your art festival journey and love your display area! I'm so happy you did well! You are the best.

Jo Wholohan said...

thanks so much for stopping by my blog, so nice to make another art connection..... love the pics of the show, it all looks stunning xx

Barbara said...

I am so glad that you had such a successful weekend. The photographs are wonderful and really tell the story of a great show.
Best wishes,
Barbara

Campbell Jane said...

Wow that looks like a nice place. I'm glad your show was successful! I love your ladies :)

Dapoppins said...

Oh, I am glad you had a great show. Your so talented! I know you said East Coast, right, but I have never been and I kept thinking your pictures reminded me of a California town. Or am I mixed up and you were in Cali?

Zondra Art said...

Have a nice and interesting blog.
Since you now have one more reader:)
I immediately signed up as your Google friends:)
I would like you come to my blog because you'll definitely find something nice for yourself.
Greetings from the Croatian.
Sandra

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Diane! Wow, what a fun weekend for you and so exciting! Congrats on such a great show! You deserve it! I love your work.

Thanks so much for your sweet visit! I really enjoyed making that piece. To answer your question: The flowers on the front of the card were made by me using the Sizzix Flowers 3D die.

Creative Blessings,
Lisa :)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Those ladies are charming! And what a great idea to put real jewelry on them! Patsy from
HeARTworks

PBsArtStudio said...

Oh, I so envy you right now! That show seems like so much fun! and your paintings are beautiful!!!I'm so glad you did well, though! I love that little town, it looks so quaint and just perfect for a show. the last one here in Florida was last month at the beach, but now its too hot for shows!:( can't wait till the fall)!
thanks for stopping by.. have a great day!Patti

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

I'm so glad you had a great show! You deserve it, love your girls!
There's an art fest this weekend but I will miss it this year because I have a wedding to attend :( Your pics make me sad I have to miss it!
Thanks for the visit♥

Lynda said...

Diane, thank you so much for the sweet comment and for being a fan. Your art is beautiful! You were right about Youtube, that was me. I took a long time off but I am working on a new video of a painting that I am doing and have a few more ideas for videos also :) Thanks for following, I'm off to follow you now! Have a great day :)

lee said...

wow it looks like fun, i would have loved to go to a show like that, we dont have that where I live. Your paintings looked really good there.

LunieBin said...

Thank you for the comment on my kitchen...I love my house..I tis cozy..

Janet said...

Despite the weather it looks like a good show.

You asked me about that bendy tool. I think I bought mine at Michael's but here's a link to one on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/18-Flexible-Curve-Drafting-Tool/dp/B001DT3HCK

Jonny said...

Hi Dianne It looked like a fun show and a nice place to visit Your work looks so beautiful the way you displayed it. Your portraits are really good I love those warm tones you chose. Sincerely, Jonny

daisydolls said...

Hi Diane,

Thank you, I wanted to tell you I tried the resin today on the journals and the puff paint around the rim worked great! I'm excited about the Art show especially since it will be my first one. I am inspired by the amout of Art Festivals you do, you are such a pro! Thanks for the sweet comments(O:

Rebecca

A Dancing Mango said...

greatphotos you took..thanks for sharing.. I am so happy you did very well at your show.
I have never done one..(yikes)
the women you painted are wonderful.
Hugs

Deb Harvey said...

Now that looks like FUN!!! I'm so happy that you did well at the show. Your art is amazing!!!

JBeaudetStudios said...

I'm so happy for you and your successful show! I want to start doing shows soon and am grateful for the tips and info you share! Thanks you! Have a great weekend:)Jennifer:)

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