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Fine Arts and Crafts Festival – Community Arts Center – on Saturday, September 22

Get ready, here is my next show! I’ll have my paintings on view. This is my last show this season where I will be showing paintings, heads up!

The show will be held in Swarthmore, PA, on Park Avenue, across from the township building/library.

CAC Arts Festival postcard

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Tinicum Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8, 2018

If it is July it is time for this long-running festival. In addition to the extensive art/craft selection they offer a variety of musical performances, demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Plus an art show in the barn, a silent auction, and book/white elephant sale. You can spend a whole day here, very easily, and maybe come back the next day, too. Just saying.

I’ll be showing my paintings here.

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Upcoming Exhibit – Paintings, July and August, 2018

I’ll be showing a selection of my paintings in an exhibit next month. I’ll be mentioning it again, I know, but it’s coming up fast!

Acrylic Paintings at The Gallery at the JCC

July 12-August 31, 2018
opening reception July 12, 6:30-8:00 PM

Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley

702 N. 22nd St.
Allentown, PA

I’m very excited about the exhibition and am grateful for the chance to show a good-sized group of my paintings. I hope if you are in the area during this time, you can stop in and take a look.

Postcard

Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, Swarthmore – Take a Look

Well, everyone, this festival is history, and a nice memory it has turned out to be. Let me tell you about it.

The event is put on by the Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA, but is held in the downtown section of Swarthmore, PA, just down the road. Swarthmore is a small borough and home of Swarthmore College – the downtown is not large but is enticingly full of shops and The idea is that you unload and then move the car out of the way. So we did, and got busy setting things up.

The weather was perfect, more like summer than early fall. Things at this stage of a show are quiet but everyone is moving. That’s a friend of mine carrying a painting down the street to his booth.

The raffle tent gets dressed in a purple skirt.

We got things done and ready to go.

Things always start off quietly but this show picked up speed quickly.

Here are some shots of my location. My husband is great at handling things when I am away from the booth. I am grateful for his help and his presence. Many people do not have a spouse or partner to help them and doing a show by yourself is hard work.

We were located very near the music. My favorite was a group called SwUkestra. Or – the Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra. As the leader said, the best ukulele orchestra in Swarthmore. Well, I’m a fan. They played and sang a variety of selections, including “Unchain My Heart”, a favorite that I sang along with. Loved it.

Well, things wound down as we got near closing time.

 

At 5 PM we packed up. Here are a few of our possessions waiting to go into the car. The box with a couple of spaces – that’s a good thing, because it means – sales!

So that’s the report. The CAC put on a very well-organized show, pleasant to attend. They always do and it’s a pleasure to be in it. I saw several people I knew and had a lot of fun. Until next year!

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!

Lansdale Festival of the Arts, coming up Saturday, August 26, 2017!

The event poster tells you all you need to know, but I’ll add my bit – the festival is one of my favorites, I’ve been going to it for a couple of decades, and the same nice people at the Lansdale Borough parks and rec department who were running it in the 1990’s are still doing so. (The poster image was done by one of them.)

The show is held in a shady park and it’s easy to navigate, and it always attracts a lot of good art and craft. If you are around, it is a great late-summer event to attend and I will welcome you.

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