It’s May, and that means it’s time for the annual Tile Festival held at the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, PA.
If you wonder what the show is all about, take a look at last year’s roundup here.
If you like tiles of any kind, this is the place for you. It’s also a very comfortable environment for a show – it’s held in large tents, so that no matter what the weather is, you can be comfortable while you look around.
The show card tells it all! If you are in the area I hope to see you. My booth is in the second tent, in the middle of the space.
Hello everybody – due to the threatening weather, I’ve decided not to set up at the festival today.
I hate cancelling out on a show, but I’ve got a new philosophy this year – I’m only doing shows that I like and that are comfortable for me. This show I certainly like, but not while sitting in a series of chilly showers or outright rain all day. I’ve done that for many years! and not any more.
Plus, I have my husband to think of, and I think he’s not in shape to deal with this kind of weather. All in all, it just seems the best thing to do today.
So, next show – Tile Festival at the Moravian Tile Works – in May. I’ll set my sights on that one.
All right, everyone, first show of the 2017 season! This one is held along Easton Road in Glenside, PA (the Cheltenham Township section). I’ll be located in Booth 25 and I’ll be exhibiting my paintings.
Keep your fingers crossed for good weather, if you could…
The postcard gives you all the details – take a look.
Last show of the season for me – the indiemade craft market, and it all happened on Saturday, December 3.
This show is located in Allentown, PA, and is the creation of two women who wanted to showcase quirky, original, individual art and craft. There is nothing run-of-the-mill at this show, including patrons and vendors. This is my favorite show all year and I look forward to it – it’s a party and a reunion and a shopping opportunity and a selling event all in one. I just love it.
We leave home pretty early for this show, so we always need to stop and get coffee for my husband and gas for the car. This time we stopped in Colmar, PA, on Rte 309.
The show starts at 10 AM, but a swag bag is handed out to the first fifty adults in line. People wait up to two hours. So when the door opened, the line went around the building! Hooray!
At least that’s what I heard. I was inside setting things up along with everyone else.
I’ll tell you right now I got no shots of the actual show – I was really busy (Hooray again!). So here is what things looked like before the door opened – this is the main hall downstairs. The event is held at the Starlite Ballroom of the Fearless Fire Company and we use the main banquet hall as well as the smaller upstairs room.
You can see that everyone is totally focused on getting things set up, with very intent expressions in evidence everywhere.
My table was located upstairs – I like the quieter atmosphere and less hectic surroundings (the music downstairs is lively and loud!) This year we had an artist installation in the middle of the room. Here’s a photo of upstairs – my table with the white cover is on the right hand side. I have a display devoted to clay – I bring tiles and sculptures to this show each year.
Sales were great and I was able to catch up with some fellow artists. Usually I have time to visit the DIY events downstairs but this year I was too busy. Looking forward to next year’s event already. Thank you, Ann and Teri, for putting on this show once again!
My husband and I attended this event yesterday, and here I’ll tell you a little about it. It’s a fundraiser for art at the high school – all small works, affordable and appealing, done by students, alums, and interested artists for this Allentown high school.
You might ask why I contribute to this event when I don’t live in Allentown and have no connection to the school. I will answer you by saying that I’ve done a lot of shows and exhibits in the area, and people in this city have been very good to me. I’ve always gotten a lot of appreciation for my work here and I’ve built up relationships and friends over the years. I’m grateful and so I wanted to give back.
OK. So, the event was held on the 8th floor of a just-constructed office building in downtown Allentown. It’s so new that this floor hasn’t been finished out yet. It made a great space for an event like this one. Take a look at these views outside the windows, before I show you the art itself. Notice the helipad on the adjacent building. I would love to see a helicopter land on it from this close vantage point.
Now, here is the art itself. I took photos of the overall room view and some closer ones of tables with my contributions on them.
The William Allen HS Jazz band provided music – seasonal songs and jazz. I really enjoyed listening to them as well, since I played in the band myself in high school.
The event hopes to raise enough to match a grant. I did my part – we bought a set of three ceramic pears done by a 2016 graduate who happened to be in attendance – so we got to meet the artist! He is in college now, majoring in ceramic arts (having fallen in love with it in high school) and hoping to become a teacher himself. I was touched by his obvious enthusiasm for his art and his future, not to mention being impressed with the professionalism of his work after less than two years in the field.
I also talked to several other art people I know from the area. Lots of nice refreshments, too, including hot chocolate, something you get only in the winter, and so appropriate for the blustery November afternoon. While drinking it I listened to the band play and watched a small girl get out on the floor and dance to the music.