Sunday, August 3, 2008

One Show Down, Two to Go!

A few days ago, I returned from the Bellevue Art Museum ArtsFair in Bellevue, Washington. It's the hardest show I've done (second year in a row), what with the long, two-day drive up and back and the 12-hour workdays. A few hundred thousand (according to the museum PR) wandered through the show for three days, and a couple to them actually bought things. (The picture is Sunday morning, around 9:15am, as we're getting ready to open.) Show hours were 9:30am to 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday, and 9:30am to 6pm on Sunday. These hours are the same as the Mall hours across the parking lot.

The best thing about the show was that all the people who bought instruments last year came back and said how much they loved them. One bought another instrument and brought her mother along who also bought one. Lovely, friendly people! Another good thing was the wonderful volunteers and booth sitters, and also the really good food. They fed us artists breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Unfortunately, there was a downside to the show (besides the long hours): too many dogs. I've never seen so many different types and sizes of dogs in one place. One of the biggest broke loose and nearly bowled over one of our booth neighbors (who also had a dog with him). Others were on those extension leashes that tend to trip people. I really feel dogs should not be allowed at these events.

Anyway, I'm home again and getting ready for the next show, the San Francisco Fine Craft Show at Fort Mason, August 15-17. Then, two weeks later, over Labor Day weekend, I'll be at the Sausalito Arts Festival. Reports on these and more coming soon!

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