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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In The News

Earlier this month I participated in a very fun show at Georgia Southern University. Today I found an article about it in my in-box. Apparently I wasn't the only person that was highly impressed with the show, location, staff, and the customers.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Inman Park Art Festival Review

This past weekend I was exhibiting at the Inman Park Arts Festival and Tour of Homes.  This is normally a great show with huge crowds, a really fun parade and some very talented artist performing and displaying there work.  This year it was also a time for Mother Nature to show what she can do.
We set up the booth on Saturday morning amidst light to heavy rain showers but nothing horrible lasted for long and the customers started showing up 30 minutes before the show was to start.  I took this as a good sign; people were braving the weather to buy art.  Then it started getting very, very dark.  One passer-by commented about how it seemed more like evening than early afternoon, another mentioned a hail storm that had just hit her house and was headed our way.  I think that hail and pottery might not mix very well so I very quickly packed my pieces back into the bins zipped up the tent and made a mad dash to the beer truck.  Ok, actually they ambushed me but still, it seemed the thing to do all things considered.  As we were heading for the truck with are beer getting watered down from the rain we took shelter in a friend's hair salon, they were having a party also.  Then finally home to bed for a nap.
Sunday was as close to a perfect day as one could hope to see.  The tent survived the weather, the people came out and shopped.  From where my booth was located I could see the people playing in the park including a woman who was fantastic with the hoola hoop.  It was a lot of fun. 
One of my favorite parts of doing a show is when my friends come by to visit.  It's so nice to hang out and catch-up which each other, people watch together and just reconnect.  It seems every show brings a few surprise visitors also; either I didn't expect them to come out or they didn't know I'd be in the show.  This is always fun too, I love surprises. 
My next show is in the Kirkwood Spring Fling on May 15th 2010.  It's another area that is close to my home and I have several friends that live in the neighborhood; I'm looking forward to seeing them.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Packing Up For The Inman Park Festival

Today will be another day of packing up the truck and the newest pots.  This weekend I'll be at the Inman Park Festival here in Atlanta, GA.  It was fun traveling to the shows in St. Simmons and Statesboro, GA but it'll be really nice to be showing so close to home.  I live about 1 mile from where my booth will be at the Artist Market so I'm sure to see a lot of friends.  I hope my Atlanta readers can stop by my booth and chat.  The forecast is for rain on Saturday but Sunday promises to be a beautiful day.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

In Love

This past weekend I went down to Statesboro, GA for the ArtsFest 2010 (which was a wonderful show).  I took some back roads down there since I don't like driving the boring interstates and it would give me the opportunity to take pictures of old farm buildings for the plates that I've been painting.

When I found the first house to photograph it was quite run down, I was certain it was abandon, the windows were all gone, the fields were all weedy and the buildings were sagging greatly.  We approached the house with some caution and peered threw the windows.  It was too dark to see much except some old rags hanging around windows and door frames.  It seemed that the door was open so I headed around the corner of the house towards the door.  As I carefully approached I heard a noise; a huge vulture flew our the front door missing me by only a few feet.  My heart seemed to stop beating for a minute and before it could resume another vulture flew out following the first.  When my heart started beating again I decided to just take pictures and not explore the interior.

When I was done taking pictures and walked back to my truck I saw a man in a mini van pull up. 

"What are you doing?" he asked.

I explained that I'm an artist and I painted pictures of old farm buildings on some of my pottery.  He said he owned this house and he had more pictures of this place at his other house.  He invited me over, he'd be glad to show them to me.  I was a little nervous about following this man to his house but he did seem harmless enough and I thought it'd be interesting so I jumped into my truck and followed him down to his farm house across the road.

When we went into the house the first thing we saw was that the Christmas tree was still up and decorated; in April.  This is not normally a good sign so I started to worry.  Then the man started to cry.  He explained that his wife had passed away around Christmas and he just didn't have the heart to take down the decorations.  He recovered and showed us the pictures, invited us to stay and visit and have a cool drink, even move in if we'd like.  We decided it would be nice to stay and visit for a few minutes as the man seemed quite lonely.  We chatted until he started talking about happy stuff which I took as a signal that it was a good time to get back on the road.

As we were saying our good-byes and thank yous we noticed the cat was rubbing up against the rooster in that affectionate way that cats will.  It was very cute and we commented as much.
"Oh, those two" he said.  "They are in love; it's embarrassing!"

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ahh, Vacation

You may be wondering where I've been hiding lately.  Nope, I didn't fall off the face of the Earth, I took a working vacation.  The show was on St. Simmon's Island, GA which is a beautiful location and although the show could have gone much better the vacation was wonderful.
We rented a carriage house that overlooked a tranquil marsh.  In the evening we heard the fish jumping in the water. In the mornings and after the show we spent many hours watching the water fowl as they shared the marsh.  It is a great place to enjoy a bottle of wine.  After a day of holding down the tent against the ocean breeze (read gale force winds) it was a joy to relax in the sunken hot tub on the deck with yet another bottle of wine.
When we left the island we took a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp which was lots of fun.  On the way there I got some pictures of old farm buildings to paint on plates for the series I'm creating and got to see some interesting plants and other wildlife.  It was such a joy to see butterflies after such a long and dreary winter.   Of course the alligators where hanging out in the swamp also so we were very careful where we walked.
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