Annual Garden Art Show & Sale - June 1, 2014

by mary June 8, 2014

 I recently set up at my husband's cousin Ken Keiran's annual Garden Art Show & Sale.  It was his 5th year of doing the show (my 4th) & a great day!

Initially, the weather was a bit threatening (possibility of severe thunderstorms), but it held off & turned out to be a beautiful day, with a great turnout of artists & people coming to enjoy the artwork.

My space was the same as last year, tucked nicely into a corner of their driveway/patio area that helped to shelter me a bit from the occasional gust of wind.  I did set up my tent this year -- just in case the weather forecasters were right about the rain, & even had the sides up & ready to drop down if necessary.

Ken's daughter & sone-in-law set up a table with Chelsea's little book jewelry & Shane's wire & rock sculptures; and, of course, Ken has his Barn Birds on display & his WhirlyThings scattered around the yard.

There was also pottery.

And copper geodesic dome yard pieces.

And ceramic tile pieces.

And paintings & blown glass beads.

After the show, it occurred to me that I have a sort of "love/hate" relationship with shows.

I love visiting with the people who stop by my booth -- hearing what they look for in jewelry, getting to know a little bit about them, connecting with people I haven't seen for awhile, getting contacts to add to my mailing list & building what my on-line marketing instructor called a "sense of community", & the affirmation you get when people find something you've made that they get excited about.  And I love seeing what the other artists bring to the show & catching up with them on what they've been working on.

On the other hand, I hate the anxiety I experience before the show -- about the weather (especially if it's outdoors, when I check the weather forecast several times a day & worry endlessly about what the weather will be like - will it rain, how windy will it be, etc.), about my booth (I still haven't developed a booth set-up that I'm really satisfied with), about weather Square (my credit card processor) will work, whether I'll have enough new pieces of jewelry (I have this "thing" about always having several new pieces at each show), & whether I'll have everything I need (I'm particularly bad about remembering to bring a pen!).

In the end, though, despite all the anxiety I feel before the show, I'm always glad to be there once I set up & people starting coming by.  I love being part of something that always turns out to be fun & exciting (even when it's windy or there's a bit of rain), & the good feeling that you get from people walking around enjoying the artwork they're seeing.

This was especially true for Ken's show, which is probably one of my favorite of all the shows I do, in part because of the great vibe that I always feel at his show.  A special thanks to Ken for letting me be part of this really fun event!

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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