Monday, December 31, 2018

UC Festival of Trees

     Two weeks ago, I was a vendor at the Union City Festival of Trees at my alma mater, Union City Elementary School.  It was a two day festival that included not only a gym full of vendors, but a collection of Christmas trees decorated in a variety of ways for the public to vote on, activities for the kids, and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

Here is one of the hand-painted ornaments I made specifically for this show.  (Go Bears!)

I had my #RCpenguin coloring pages to hand out and entertained myself by coloring one in.

I did my part to support the local student organizations by buying some cookies.

My business card bunny was sporting a Steelers jersey on game day.

"Good news!  I saw a dog today!" -Buddy the elf.

And it was Sophie, a local certified therapy dog decked out as Santa Paws bringing smiles and cuddles to festival attendees.

A view of the venue.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  I've already got some awesome things in the works for next year.  I appreciate all your support!  Love you all.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Holiday Art Market

 As I wrap up the year, I'm trying to get caught up on my blogging.  Three weeks ago, I headed down to Sharon to set up shop at their Holiday Art Market at The Landing.  The venue was some sort of old factory that was being converted into studios, etc. and I wasn't quite sure what to expect from my first time doing this event.  I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout and quite a few of my creations found new homes.  I even got to see some familiar faces and talk to some of my Sharon area artist friends.  As usual, I experimented with a new arrangement and display.  Every time I set up, I learn something new! 

Seamus is always in the Christmas spirit!

Peace Rocks PA is very active in this area so I brought some rocks from my latest batch and they were quickly snatched up and on their way to new adventures!

     I shared a room with two other vendors including the renter of this particular room.  Her handmade soaps smelled wonderful!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

October Evenings

     Ok so I'm a little behind on my blog... but, back in October I participated in Meadville Council on the Arts juried art show "October Evenings" for the second year in a row.  I entered my painting "So Much More" and my 3D painting "Malachi."  The show was nearly canceled due some electrical work being done in the building that houses MCA's gallery.  Fortunately, Meadville Fine Arts was kind enough to lend their space for the show.  (Thank you!)  Some additional good news: "Malachi" is now for sale at Meadville Fine Arts!  If you're ever in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by.  There's lots of awesome stuff in there not to mention art supplies.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Edinboro Camp Fall Fest

     It's fall craft show season!  This past weekend, I set up shop at Edinboro Camp's Fall Fest.  I think this was the first year for it so I wasn't sure what to expect.  I learned about it through a friend who was also a vendor there.  It turned out to be a perfect fall day.  They even had a vintage car show and a bake sale.  As a vendor, I thought the venue was great for craft shows and they did an awesome job on the spacing between vendors!  When you do enough shows, you know how it is to be crammed together and have a hard time getting in and out and staying out of each other's way so I appreciate how they did this.  Next time, I hope more people will come because this was a nice event with lots of great handmade creations and a great volunteer staff.  Next, you should be able to find me at the Erie Puppy Mill Awareness "Festi-Fall" at the Saga Club on Sunday Nov. 4!

It's time to put out the ornaments!

Seamus is ready for some Steelers football!

What a great venue for craft shows!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

100 Days of Lettering

    Well, it's been a while since I've blogged.  It's been a busy and summer and fall so far (a good thing!)  So when I'm not vending at arts festivals and craft shows or taking photos, I've found some time to get some art projects in.  Starting in August, I began working from Jay Roeder's book 100 Days of Lettering.  It seemed like a fun book to work through so I'm trying something a little different in trying to learn to make word art.  Here's some examples of what I've done so far.  You can follow along with my progress on my tumblr blog:

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Waterfire 2018

For the fourth year in row, I was a vendor at Waterfire Sharon.  It's a festival that's held three times a year during the summer and, not just in Sharon, but in several other cities worldwide.  I'm not sure what all their festivities entail, but in Sharon they close off several streets and line them with artists and crafts vendors.  Live music can also be heard from stages scattered throughout downtown.  

Each date has its own theme.  July 21st's theme was Magical Moments.

It was pretty windy during setup and, at times, some stormy-looking clouds rolled in, but we were lucky the rain held off and it turned out to be a beautiful day.

With all the wind, we had to improvise and make some modifications to our booths.  All my weights came in handy and I used some duct tape and clamps to secure some of my other things.

Visitors were encouraged to write their own "magical moments" on a large dry erase board.

I finally got a chance to use my new string lights.  What do you think of the blue?

I was able to run over and snap a few photos of the fires on the Shenango River.

     As the fires died down and the crowds thinned, it was time to pack up and get things ready for my next adventure TBA!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

In the Garden

      For a number of years, Campbell Pottery in Cambridge Springs has held a juried art show in its Stonewall Gallery.  It was part of the Lily Festival and featured a variety of lily-themed artwork.  A few years ago, it changed into In the Garden and now features art for and about the garden.  This year, it was exciting to have two of my photographs accepted.  (Yay!)  I stopped by today after work to check it out. There were pieces made with fiber, alcohol ink, watercolor, oil, and more.  It was a really nice show with a lot of talented local artists! 
If you get the chance, stop by and see this show.  It's up through July 29th!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hermitage Arts Festival 2018

     This past weekend, I got to spend both days at one of my favorite arts festivals.  This was my third time as a vendor at the Hermitage Arts Festival and, as usual, the organizers made us feel more than welcome.  It was a very hot and very humid weekend and the cold bottled water that the volunteers delivered throughout the day was life.  Unfortunately, all this heat kept too many people from enjoying this awesome event.  But despite the turnout, there was still a lot to love!

     Not only were there plenty of fabulous artisans, a variety of musical acts performed both days. 

     Every show I do is another opportunity to improve on my presentation and the way I layout my booth.  Two days meant two new arrangements to try.  

     I got a new show shirt!  I ordered this custom tie-dyed t-shirt from a fellow Artiegras alumni and owner of Sugar Magnolia Merchandise in Sharon.  She does some amazing designs!  I needed a shamrock one, of course.

      I had some time to work on a drawing and demonstrate my marker technique.

     Every show is also an opportunity to meet some new artist friends and meet up with some old ones.

     At the end of the first day, there was a wonderful fireworks show for the community.  My next stop is Waterfire Sharon on Saturday.  I hope to see you there!!!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Treasures and Trinkets Craft Show

     This past Sunday, I spent the day at the Treasures and Trinkets Craft Show at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Pittsfield, PA.  It was my first time doing this event which also included a vintage car cruise-in, basket raffle, and a chicken BBQ.  It was shaping up to be a great day, but a series of hard rain showers definitely put a damper on things.  Yet, there are some upsides to every show including finding new ways to setup my booth and arrange my art and crafts, meet new people, learn about some other opportunities, and work on some projects (which I would be doing at home anyway!) 

     There was an People's Choice award for the best decorated booth and my new bunny decoration was trying to encourage some votes my way!

     I had some of my bird wall ornaments available.  You can find the rest for sale at the Painted Finch Gallery in Corry and B3 Gallery and Gifts in Erie!

     I also put a few of my ACEOs (Art Card Editions and Originals) in little frames.  People thought they were cute.

Here's a peek outside the door.  The weather wasn't very cooperative as it poured on and off all day. 

There were three buildings full of crafters and vendors.

     I tried to keep myself busy working on some of the exercises from the Corry Artists' Guild's Sketchbook Competition.

"Draw a vehicle."  Why not a scooter?

     With less than an hour left to go, the power went out (because of course it did...)  It was a shame the weather spoiled what seemed like a great event.  Thank you to all the organizers for their hard work and my fellow vendors and the folks who braved the showers to come out.  

Seamus the Wonder Penguin is ready for his next adventure!   Our next planned stop is the Hermitage Arts Festival July 14 and 15.  After that is Waterfire in Sharon on July 21st.  I hope to see you there!