One more show to go, one more river to cross

It’s almost done. The 2009 show season is coming to a close, at least up north. The weather has turned chilly, and people’s thoughts have turned to raking leaves and watching college football. But I’ve got one more show in Westlake, Ohio, near Cleveland, this weekend, and it promises to be a good one.

The upscale mixed-use mall at Crocker Park hosts two shows a year, one in mid-June, and the Fall Festival, which has a nice wine-tasting and 100 artists from the region. It runs from 10AM – 8PM on Saturday, October  10, and from 11AM to 6PM on Sunday the 11th. I’ll be showing my award-winning “Disappearing Agrarian Landscape” series one last time before the snow flies. I’ll also be showing some of my popular color work from the southwest.

Prairie near Rapid City, South Dakota

Prairie near Rapid City, South Dakota

So if you’re in the area, stop by and see me! I’ll have a few surprises in store as well. Looking forward to seeing you.

A Dangerous Business

Karyn\'s preferred mode of transportation -- electric scooterLast weekend, Karyn and I did the Guild show at Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio. Friday night, we arrived under darkening skies, and waited about 45 for a spot to load in. Just as we got the rig situated near our booth spot, it started to pour. Lighting and thunder all around. Nothing like putting up a metal tent in the middle of a thunderstorm. We did manage to get the canopy up and dried the interior by the hand before unloading the panels, the art and all the other show paraphernalia. We left hanging the art for Saturday morning. The two of us were completely soaked to the bone. Luckily, we weren’t far from the hotel, a warm meal and sleep.

Saturday, the weather turned out much nicer than the weathermen had forecast. By noon, the sun and the patrons were out in full force. Sales were moderate, but we did manage to send some nice images to new homes. Some friends that we met in Florida came by the booth, and bought some new work. Saturday night my cousin Troy and his wife and daughter came by, and we had dinner at a great little Lebanese spot in the area — Aladdin’s.

Sunday, the weather was even nicer, if you can believe it. Sales were slow in the morning, as most people were in church. After lunch, the crowds started to pick up, and Karyn made a couple of trips to the trailer to frame up some prints. She has her own transportation, which makes getting back and forth to the stockroom a little quicker when the parking lot is a ways away. The second time she came back, she was sporting a massive shiner!

Karyn\'s ShinerSeems as if she got in a tussle with a roll of shrink wrap. We use rolls of 6″ stretch wrap to keep frame corners attached to the work when shipping, and the way Karyn tells it, the roll just up and smacked her in the eye. I know, I know, you think I did it. Not so. There are lots of other hazards in this business, who knew that shrink wrap could be so dangerous? At least the artwork was safe. No lightning injuries, no tent blowdowns, no tornadoes, no power outages. Just a black eye. A day in the life of the itinerant artist!!