Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2018: A year in review.

As I prepare for our last show of the season, I am reflecting on 2018.  It has been a busy year for Details.  I have shown my jewelry at several new Art Shows, some successful and some not so successful.

Cupid's Gems in Lenexa is a great show, all Jewelry vendors.  Always well attended, it is held on the Saturday before Valentine's day.  This is one show where we got in the first year it was held and so far every year after that.


Copper wire wrapped with colored aluminum wire.  Hand made wire hook.
In March I went to a new venue in Manhattan at a retirement center.  It was fun and I met some lovely people, even connecting with some people I used to work with.

Oval Amethyst with copper wire with chain.
April brought our first of the Lenexa Farmer's Market shows.  Lenexa is a great city for supporting artists.  They have a featured artist each Saturday at the Farmer's Market.  We had no idea what to expect, but were surprised at the turnout on a cold day.  We were the featured artists a couple of other times throughout the summer, and will close out the season with the last Farmer's Market on October 27.

Sterling Silver flat wire bolted to a rectangle of Red Brass.
May was busy with the Lawrence Art in the Park and the Lenexa Art Fair.  We love participating in these two shows. They are well run and organized and our sales are great.  Both shows are single days and the weather cooperated and was wonderful. 

Necklace.  Lapis rounds wired to heavy gauge copper wire. 

The Mulvane Art Fair kicks off our June with a two-day show the first weekend of June.  We set up on the grounds of Washburn University, it's a beautiful setting and a great art fair.  This year, a bad storm hit Friday night, so fore warned, we secured our tent and merchandise a much as we could, hoping for the best.  Saturday dawned bright and early with our tent and contents in good shape.  One of our neighboring artists did not weather the storm quite as well.  She lot her tent and some of her ceramics got broken.  Other artists, like us, jumped in to help clean up and someone even loaned her their extra tent.  It's was great to see everyone work together to help. 

Hand made 16 gauge wire links.
Our second two-day show was the Olathe Station Art Fair.  It was the first year for this show, and while it was successful,  it has potential to be better in future years.  We had unexpected high temperatures which made the show, which was set up on asphalt, unbearable at times.  But we endured and made it through both days.  The organizers were great about making sure everyone was hydrated and they also provided meals and snacks to the artists.


Copper Bezel with peace signs and sead beeds in Ice Resin. Embellished with clear copper cup chain.
July is our standard two-week show for the Kansas City Fringe Festival.  This year, unlike previous years, we joined the other visual artists in the lobby of Union Station as there was no space for the boutique.  We had a new lighted display case, which was great.  I spent the 10 days of the Festival there and met quite a few people and had great fun people watching.  The photos below are of my Fringe Prize.  While I didn't win the prize, I did get lots of complements.  It was fun to make and much more complex than I would normally make.  You know the saying "Go big, or go home",  that's what I did.

Steampunk Fringe

Steampunk Fringe

Steampunk Fringe
September brought the Spinach Festival, rained out of their original location, we set up in the same park, but at the top of the  hill in the parking lots of the newly complete gardens and shelters.  This was especially great as we had indoor restrooms.  While both the rain and change in location probably kept some people away, lots of people still came to shop.  We had a great day.


Handmade copper bird enameled with Robin's Egg Blue enamel and a wire nest with three eggs.
October has been especially busy as we are getting ready to complete our third show in as many weeks.  First we had the Summit Art Fair 2018.  While we had great expectations, the weather didn't cooperate.  Rain on set up day, so wet in fact that we had to go shopping for dry clothes before the show started.  Saturday was dry but cold and windy, so while we had sales, it wasn't a well attended event.  But we got exposure in an area where we hadn't been before. It's always fun to meet new people, and we did see some people we knew, both from art shows and from our "regular" jobs.  I even saw someone from my high school days.

Feathers with colorful dangles.

Curved copper rectangles.

Terra Jasper with pewter metal bracelet.

Then we were at the Manhattan Lions Club Pancake feed and Craft Fair.  Always a fun event.  We see lots of friends from our college days.

So that's a summary of my year, with many new shows and many more connections with other artists and festivals.

Later,

Barbara

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