Every section of each artisan set up held something unique and very different than any of the other participants. It had a Santa's Workshop... Christmas Shoppe ambiance with colour... visual excitement... and soothing musical background mingled with friendly chatter... as visitors artists and artisans met and conversed. I could never completely describe the visual sense of the day... I'll leave that to your eyes and thoughts... using jpegs that I took over the course of the two days! Pictures are indeed... worth a thousand words!
While I didn't manage to sell any of my paintings displayed, I did make a good number of sales from the portable items that we offered over the summer to visitors to The Paint Box Gallery. That simply consolidated our belief that we are on track for "bread and butter" products that appeal to visitors who are travelling... or who might not be in the market for a large tag item like an original painting. I handed out many, many business brochures and cards and made contact with possible candidates for my (soon to commence) winter art classes. I have received a commission as a result of being there. And sales often come later on... well after the event.
Participation in such shows should not be based purely upon sales alone. I've learned from nearly forty years of making and selling my art... that such shows offer a tremendous opportunity to (a.) connect with the public and (b.) to observe and evaluate the trends of the marketplace amongst my peers. I carried out both of those tasks... and came away with some fine ideas for fine tuning... or shifting our artistic efforts in an entirely new direction. It was very interesting for me to note that some of the ideas that I began my journey using... have returned and are again "in vogue" and highly marketable.
However... the feeling that I came away with most strongly, was the reinforcement of the fact that Deb and I were right on target with our own ideas for The Paint Box's future in Rockport. We needn't fix our compass on "what sells" in the marketplace... but rather work more earnestly over the winter to graduate our own ideas and distilling them into even more appealing products.... and to have more of them available. That means... "roll up the sleeves".... and "get at 'er... pitter-patter!"
I wish to specifically mention and thank the Winery owners, management and staff... along with three very special tiArts folk who , I believe greatly share praise for the success they helped to create. To Barb Simard... our ""Energizer Bunny"...who tirelessly put together and activated a media blitz which was itself... the very reason for the overall success of this new event. And to John Sorensen... my hat's off to you for creatively and patiently guiding our sometimes cantankerous and hard to live with crew through the shoals and hazards that popped up along the way. To friend artist Betty Matthews... many thanks for arranging the food for the Gala... and for pounding in all of the event signs with me... all along The Parkway and back country! I fully enjoyed our time together! And finally... to the other tiArts members... thank you for a FIRST CLASS Art Show!... Proud to be a part of it! "We".... did us PROUD!!!
John Sorensen's "Dancing With the Stars Folk... Folk Art
That's all Folks!
Good Painting... and future sales at shows... to All!!!