Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Happy Holidays!

It's four days until Christmas, and things are finally settling down.  My art shows are over.  The Holiday cards have been sent.  The presents have been wrapped.

We got the inside of the house decorated, but I've been too busy to do the outside.  Now it hardly seems worth it.  We'll see.

I finally made the Christmas cookies for neighbors and friends, and I have enough left over to have as dessert for Christmas dinner.  (Do you know what tastes good?  Butter and sugar taste good!) Of course I'll have one more batch of Magoo-edible cookies, but then that will be that.

Despite the fact that there are many gifts under the tree now, I have left a space for Java.  She loves sitting under there.  There's a cozy tree skirt, it's protected, and it's right up against the radiator.  Mmmmm - so warm!  Sometimes when she's under there, she'll let out a little mew, inviting someone to lay flat on their belly and pet her under the tree. 
And so we settle in to enjoy the holidays.

Thank you so much for coming in and having a little peek into my life.  Please know that I wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and all the best in 2017!  I'll check in again then.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Peek Inside the Pop-Up Show

Photo: Phyllis Meredith
This weekend was the WeHa Artists Emporium Holiday Pop-Up Show.  It was kind of a big deal for me because this is the first one I've ever helped to organize.  We rented a warehouse.  We booked artists.  We taped off space.  We got heat.  We did LOTS of marketing.  (And a bunch of other little details.)  It was the brainchild of the group's founder, Stefanie Marco (below) but I'm kinda her right-hand man.  We both put a lot of work into it - and others in the group helps a lot too.

I'm happy to report it was a smashing success!  Let me take you inside the event.

Above:  A shot of my space.  This is more of a craft show then a fine art show, so I only brought the one big painting.  The rest of my goodies were rocks, picture books, ornaments, softies, prints, cards, and original works of art in the rack.

Below: Stefanie does a lot of art shows, so she has a very nice set-up.  Here she is on one side of her tent.  So many wonderful items!
Photo: Phyllis Meredith
Below:  Hannah Jackson's area was right next to mine. She really went all out.  It looked like an Anthropology store in there.  She did a lot of textiles dyed with Indigo.  The woman brought a rug - classy!

Photo: Phyllis Meredith

Here's a shot of the warehouse filled with people.  On Saturday it was crazy busy - like awesome good for artists busy- but we were all hustling.

And there were two food trucks outside.  One sold donuts.  Do you know that 100% of redheads love donuts?  It's a fact!  Even if you're a dye job, like me.

Photo: Phyllis Meredith
At the end of Sunday, we were a group of tired, but happy, artists.  Here's a group shot of all twenty of us.
Photo: Chris Meredith

There were just too many wonderful artists for me to feature, but if you click on the brochure above, you can see a thumbnail image of their work and their contact information.  Some people may sell online.  Most of us don't.  But you can always contact artists via email and ask about products.

Big kudos to Stefanie Marco- she really pulled it off!
I think we're all looking forward to the next one, but not before we kick back and enjoy the holiday season.

Thanks so much for stopping in!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday Pop-Up Show

Finders Keepers is well under way.  And - with the exception of some people I suspect were hoarding rocks on Day 1 - it's been going very well.  So now it's time to move onto the next event on my agenda: The WeHa Artists Emporium Holiday Pop-Up Show.

Last year, we did a small on in a member's house.  We could only fit 6 artists.  And you know what?  It was fine.  Easy.  This year - mainly due to interest from other artists - we're going bigger.  We're renting a space.  (Not as easy, but should be fun.)

This is what it looks like now:

But this weekend it will be filled with 19 artists and their goods.  We're also having 2 food trucks on the premises, which will be great for the artists.  We get hungry.  And one of them is a donut truck!  Yes please!

This is Stefanie and me with the sign Stef made.  Here's one of my promo posters.  Oh, the marketing!

So now, with one week to go, I am trying to work in as many little goodies as I can.  I've been painting more rocks (because, after Finders Keepers, people will want rocks) and making ornaments and softies.  Here's a peek.

In my spare time, I'll be baking.  I like to make holiday cookies for my neighbors and friends.  Sometimes I curse myself for doing it because it's time consuming and messy, but still, I like to hand over the boxes of goodies.  It's Christmastime!

Hope everyone is healthy and well and enjoying the holiday spirit.
If you're in the area (and I don't think you are) please come by the Holiday Pop-Up Show next weekend.  You can get a donut.  :)
Thanks for stopping in!