Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Back Home

It was a long drive (over 16 hours each way) to and from Seattle, but we had such fun with my cousin and his wife, with whom we stayed, that it almost didn't matter whether I exhibited at the ArtsFair or not. Which is just as well, because the sales weren't terribly good :-(

The show is at a shopping mall across the road from the Bellevue Art Museum, and every day the crowds began to gather before the show even opened. Fortunately, the last weekend in July is reputed to be the best weather in Seattle, and this year was no exception. Sunny and warm the whole weekend.

This is the kind of show that has no "gate." That is, there is no access control, and fairgoers do not pay to visit the show. This makes the event a great opportunity for the general public to see and appreciate art, but doesn't necessarily mean the artists enjoy good sales. (It also means that the organizer makes all profits from booth fees - that is, the artist - and none from the attendees.) I tend to do better at shows where the public must pay (even a small amount) to enter, as this means that the people who do come to see the exhibit really are serious about art, and most importantly, about buying art. It also means that the cost of putting on the show is divided among artists and attendees. For this event, the number of attendees is very high, but most are "looky-lou" visitors, not buyers.

In spite of that, I did have a few good sales, and a lot of interest in the Woven Portraits. If even a fraction of the latter come through with orders, I'll be happy with the show results.

As usual, I spent a lot of time explaining how I get from a photograph to a weaving, and there are now a lot of Seattleites who now understand the historic relationship between looms and computers.

Here's a shot of the booth:

On the drive home, we got a spectacular view of Mt. Shasta (14,162 ft, or 4,316 m), one of the southernmost peaks in the volcanic Cascade mountain range (Mt. Lassen is the farthest south of the major peaks, and there are smaller volcanic peaks and cinder cones extending down the Sacramento Valley even beyond that).

We're happy to be home, and the cats are very happy we're here, too!

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