Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Art on the Square

Well, the Belleville show met all the hype. Truly, I was a little hesitant. I rely on the Art Fair Sourcebook and the word of other artists regarding shows. The Sourcebook is so high on Belleville that it almost seems suspect. But then I know a couple artists who've done the show and sold hardly anything. So, I wasn't quite sure what to think.

But wowza! What a wonderful show. We were at the champagne artist awards breakfast on Sunday and someone said it's like a show with room service. That is such an apt description. The volunteer workers simply pamper the artists.

This started with lunch and dinner delivery the first day, not just for me, but also my devoted roadie, John. The pampering continued for the duration of the show; cold bottled water all day long; yummy pastries; fresh orange wedges; and various other snacks (healthy and not so healthy, we got to pick). The most amazing thing is this was all delivered right to our booths by the most gracious volunteer staff I have ever met.

Add to this super easy set up and load out procedures. Combine with perfect weather.

What more could you ask for?

Oh, you want sales? I can't speak for everybody, but the buying energy sure felt good to me. I had a very good show. Which means I am quite busy right now, getting ready for Summerfair. That is OK by me.

Other shows could take a lesson from Belleville. It was first class all the way.

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