Saturday, October 1, 2016

Golden Eagles vs Lakers 9/24/2016

     Last weekend, after work, I decided to head down to Mercyhurst University to see my visiting Clarion Golden Eagles take on the Lakers.  And why not?  MU is only about 10-15 minutes from our studio and I haven't seen a game live since 2007.  It was a sunny autumn day and it seemed like a good way to spend the afternoon.  I also thought it would be fun to take my camera and shoot from the stands.  It ended up being a great game.  Despite being down by three touchdowns, Clarion all the way back, took the lead, and won the game 35-34!  Fly, Eagles, fly!

Here's some of my shots from that day.  Enjoy.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sparty Fair Art Show

We must have some good looking pets!  "Phoebe" 1st place Photographs: Black and White Animals.

     This past week was the Spartansburg Community Fair.  Spartansburg is the small town about tenish miles from here where my dad grew up and my grandma lived for a long time.  I remember hanging out at her house and going to the fair all the time playing games, riding rides, eating junk food, and going to the parade.  A couple years ago, I decided to take advantage of more opportunities to show my work and started entering art work in the home show.

     I was busy at work during the week and didn't make it out while the fair was still in full swing. Last night I ran over just as things were wrapping up to collect my entires.  My drawings and painting did well enough, but they were taken down as were the majority of the entires by the time I got there so I didn't get to photograph them on exhibit or see hardly any other entries.

"Bella" 1st place Paintings: Acrylic.

"Fox"  1st place Mixed Media.

One of my "Birds" 1st place Marker.

     Some of my other entires...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sunday in the Park

  This past Sunday was the annual Sunday in the Park festival in Corry.  Right there in City Park, there are craft vendors, musicians in the gazebo, a photobooth (manned by one of my coworkers,) food vendors, bouncy houses and such for the kids, as well as a judged art show housed in one of the Artists' Guild tents.  So that's where I hung out.  I didn't sign up for a specific duty, but I figured I could be on hand in case they needed help.  At least, I could demonstrate and by demonstrate, I mean sit at the table and work on a new bird drawing.

     It turned out to be a beautiful day.  By the time I got there, things were pretty much all set up with the exception of hanging the last of the entries.  The show was open to everyone, not just the people in the the Guild, and you were allowed to enter one piece in each of the categories for judging.  I entered pieces in drawing, painting, and photography.

My "Lorcan" won third place in Adult Painting.

My drawing "Only Ask It of Me" won first place in Adult Drawing.  (Yay!)
My portrait of Rory, "Handsome Boy," not only one first place in Adult Photography, but won Best of Show!  Now everyone in Corry, PA know what a handsome boy he is!

   To see more of the photos from Sunday in the Park, head on over to our Facebook page!  Here's a link to the album!  (You'll have to copy and paste.)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Waterfire Sharon 2016

     Hello again!  THIS weekend, I set up shop at Waterfire Sharon for the second year in a row.  Last year, I had an inside spot within the Arts and Culture Center (ACC) mostly because there was air conditioning and I didn't own a tent at the time.  This year, however, I am fully equiped!  (Woot.)
     The event officially begins for us vendors at noon, but the real action doesn't happen until dusk with they light small bonfires in cauldrons in the Shenango River.  Aside from a couple sprinkles here and there, the weather was excellent.  I even had to reverse my table configuration to get myself out of the sun.  There was a steady trickle of people for most of the day, a lot of them passing through the side street I was on towards the river.  There were a number of curious ones, though, that popped into my tent.  They are generally amazed to find out that those drawings are marker and those paintings are acrylic and not some kind of mosaic tile. 

One does not simply visit Sharon and not eat at the Quaker Steak and Lube.

   Earlier in the day, there weren't as many people.  Later on is when things start to pick up, but there was always something going on.  Being a solo act, I didn't really get to explore very much, but I could hear the music from one of the stages nearby.

The view up Chestnut Ave.  towards E. State.  Check out those awesome baskets!
The view towards the river (the Water.)

Step into my office!
      A couple times, though, the action came to me.  There were some guys in (dog?) costumes running around and this kids parade.

When the lighting you ordered doesn't come in time and you have to rig up your desk lamp from home.  (It totally worked, though!)

     As it grew dark, I could hear the ceremonies at the river going on.  Last year, being stuck inside all day, I didn't even experience that much.  At least last year, though, I ducked out and got to see the double line of fires burning on the water.  This year, by the time I packed up and went to retrieve my car, they were but faintly glowing embers.  But it was still a good night, two of my owl drawings were sold and will be presents for someone.  I hope she likes them.  That's the last of the big festivals I've signed up for.  Maybe there'll be some small craft shows and exhibitions later on.  Who knows?  Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Hermitage Arts Festival 2016

     I'm a little late in posting this, but last weekend I spent both Saturday and Sunday at the Hermitage Arts Festival in Hermitage, PA.  This was my first time at this event and also my first show in my new tent!  (Moving up in the world!)  I had a lovely time.  The show organizers sure know how to treat vendors.  There was breakfast with all kinds of fruit, bagels (and like five different kinds of cream cheese,) coffee, donuts, and more.  There were snacks in the bag with our info packets and free bottled water.  It was in a nice little park with winding sidewalks lined with artists and crafters.  I wish there had been more people and lots more sales, but it was a great experience.  Tomorrow, I head down to Sharon for Waterfire.  If you've never been, you need to check it out!

Check out my new mobile art gallery!

These guys know how to welcome vendors!  Aside from the needed info, survey, and tent sign, they included a bunch of snacks!

Every hour or so, volunteers came around with ice cold bottles of water.  How cool is that?