Art on the Prairie -- 2014

by mary November 9, 2014

On November 8 & 9, 2014, I had the opportunity to participate in the 5th annual Art on the Prairie, a 2-day celebration of the arts in Perry, Iowa.  Art on the Prairie showcases more than 100 artists, musicians & poets in 7 buildings in the downtown cultural & historic district.  This was my first year at the festival.

I was in the Town Craft building, next to the Hotel Pattee -- where there were artists on both the 1st & 2nd floors . . . including several artists showing jewelry, textiles, photography, stained glass & woodworking. 

One of the things that is really fun about this show is that the booths are set up in these historical buildings -- making the spaces both somewhat challenging & intriguing!  Here are a few shots from the first floor of our building . . . in these first 2, the artists had large open spaces . . .

In this next one, the artist's space was a long hall -- I thought he made great use of it!

On the 2nd floor, there were 2 large rooms on either side of the hall, with space for 5 artists in one room . . .

and 8 on our side.  Here's a couple of views from my booth looking out at some of the other booths . . .

Our room also was the setting for one of the musician areas -- both days, we had different musicians coming in hourly which made for a great atmosphere . . .

Here's a shot of my booth before the show opened . . . we had to adapt a bit from our earlier set-up, but I was pleased with the result none-the-less!

And one that one of my neighbors was kind enough to take of my in my booth . . .

I indulged myself one purchase -- a hand-woven tinsel (I can't wear wool) scarf/shawl from the woman across from me, who was spinning yarn throughout the entire 2 days!

The organizers of Art on the Prairie do an amazing job of publisizing & organizing the event!  The staff & volunteers were super helpful & really made us feel valued & pampered -- they even have an artists' reception with food & music on Saturday night in the old post office, which has been restored & is really quite lovely! 

It was an absolutely great show!  I super-enjoyed visiting with all the people that came through our area & getting to know the artists that were set up close to my booth.  I was especially grateful to one of the artists in the room across the hall who helped me get Square working on the first day, when I was totally stuck!

My only regrets are that I wasn't able to go to all the other buildings to see what the artists there had to offer, & that my husband & I didn't stay Saturday night at the Hotel Pattee. 

And, I do hope to do it again next year!

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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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