Wrap-up: Lansdale Festival of the Arts

We participated in this show on Saturday, August 26. I’ve done this show for two decades and it has been held in Memorial Park under the trees for the past 29 years. It’s a short drive, about 25 minutes, from our house.

I feel at home in this show. It was one of the first ones I did when I started in my art career. The same people run it as did back then; they are unfailingly pleasant, helpful, and genuinely love the show and their work.

The event is naturally popular, then, and they get a nice group of artists showing 2D and 3D art.

Plus, it’s a Lansdale tradition to have free doughnuts and coffee for the artists, to keep us going as we set up. Here is a photo. It is dedicated to my friend Diane, who has moved out of state but did the show with me in the past.

We arrived a little before 8 AM. Now, this show has a different way of assigning spaces – the cars line up and are given a space in the order they arrive; the park fills up in an orderly way. We used to worry about getting a “good” spot and arriving very early. Now, we have realized every spot in the park is “good” and we just show up when we show up.

Here, we’ve dropped off the equipment and art at the spot, #79. The green cone (you can barely see ours peeking over the stack of wrapped art) goes in the middle of the space. You can see we get a lot of room. Another great thing about this show.

We did our usual routine and got the booth put together. The pink tags designate the pieces that I have chosen for the judge to view. No prize this year, but I did get nice comments and encouragement. That matters, believe me.

Set-up time is focused and not social.

Once everything is done, there is time to talk. My husband is the man in the pale blue shirt, talking to a neighbor artist.

Then, things get started. It’s quiet at first:

Later in the day, it was crowded. We had a nice number of people in the park.

Sales were decent and the weather was superlative. I also had the chance to catch up with some art friends, including one man I haven’t seen in a couple of years – our schedules just haven’t coincided.

All in all, it was a perfect festival day. Thank you, Lansdale Festival of the Arts!

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9 thoughts on “Wrap-up: Lansdale Festival of the Arts

    1. Yes, after 20 years, we know exactly how to do things. Putting up is harder than taking down because I have to arrange the art. Taking down, we can be done in 30 minutes if the car is nearby and we can pack as we go. My fastest take-down was 7 minutes, but – I was at an indoor show where I had only a table to fill. Still, pretty nice!

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    1. Yes. This show usually has good weather, I guess it is the particular weekend that they always have it is during a good time of year. There are some shows that are just the opposite and you play the odds. The park is nice, too; we have lots of room; the whole thing just leads to a peaceful experience. I could not ask for more.

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    1. Yes, this show is one I am so fond of. I have many years of memories of shows in the park, the people are so nice, and the location is great. I also get to visit with art friends here – this show gets a good number of my old gang in attendance. All in all I am glad to have this festival.

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