Annie Steiner Art Blog
My very first outdoor show I participated to an outdoor show for the first time last weekend. We got the ___baptism of fire___ as Hanna was menacing to send us deadly winds and torrential rains. We had imagined the roof of our tent flying away, and having to retrieve it from the top of some tree, so we did our homework and it turned out that we were well prepared for rookies: the poles of the tent were well anchored with deep stakes, and we had tied each corner with the ___dog ties___ and cords that the well-seasoned artists and show participants advised us to get. The tent held up to the high winds and the rain, which ended up to be not as bad as forecasted. We had taken all the artwork out over night, not wanting to take the risk of having it damaged. We were quite relieved when we showed up in the morning, and our tent was standing up without any damage. Some others were not so lucky, but that made us reflect on the advantages of buying good materials. Do it right the first time, and you will not have to spend more in the future! The show, ___Art on the Green___ in Glastonbury, CT, was very well organized. I had heard some horror stories about some shows, some of the conditions artists in which had to unload their stuff, and I was a bit nervous, but this one proved to be a good choice. We could set up the tent on the Friday, before the official start of the show (Saturday); We could park the truck close to our booth location, and numerous volunteers were walking around, offering their help, or suggesting to take over for a few minutes if you wanted to take a break. Wonderful, especially if you are on your own! Coffee and donuts were offered on both days the show took place, and that was a blessing for me because I had a monstruous laryngitis and my throat was so grateful for some hot liquids. I reflected on how the camaraderie amongst artists was really super. Is it due to the fact that we were all basically ___camping___, or because we were all in the same boat and living the same kind of life: creating art, and attempting to make a living out of it? Whatever the reason, all my neighbors were friendly and most helpful. The experience was great, heartwarming, and Richard (who is by best friend, helper, husband of many years) and I decided that we would not mind playing gypsies for a while and participate to more shows in the future. My sales were not fantastic, but I made enough to cover my costs. That was my first goal, and a friend of mine who used to ___do___ the shows regularly in the past told me that she always thought meeting expenses made it a good show. I think I got a lot more than just meeting expenses. I met with a whole load of new artists, and potential new clients that were interested in my work. I was also invited to participate in another show on October 18 & 19, in Hollis, NH. It will be cold, but the beautiful fall colors will be surrounding us, and I am thoroughly looking forward to it!