Monday, May 10, 2010

Saturday at the River Festival Craft Show

Saturday my friend Sally and I went to our Annual River Festival Craft Show. The event is quoted as being the largest in in the state, with over 350,000 in annual attendance. And they were all at the Craft Show on Saturday. Yep, all 350,000! Or at least close.

For the first time Sally and I could remember, many of the streets were blocked off. Now they always block off streets for the runners, but this year you couldn't get within half a mile of the place, not even if you paid as much as $10.00 for parking. We drove around for nearly 40 minutes before finding anything halfway close. Where Sally and I parked, it took us around 20 minutes to walk to the craft show, and we were in a strict 2 hour limit parking spot. The meter even read that you could put more money in, but you had to move after 2 hours or be ticketed, regardless of whether there was money on the meter or not. I'm paraphrasing, but you get the gist. So, we had very little time to view all the crafts and never made it to the second floor inside Century II where the event was held (both inside and out).

As craft shows go, there wasn't a whole lot of new or unusual art. Also, only one "mixed media" booth, which I didn't exactly call mixed media, although technically it was. More on that later.

For the most part, I'll let the photos tell the story. I'll comment when necessary.

My friend, Sally.

I loved the hands.

This place didn't allow photos. When I asked for a business card, I learned they were from Texas and had NO web site, blog, or Etsy shop. To come this far with no way to get back to them, shows poor marketing skills.

This place was very popular.

Had to take a photo of the hands. Thought of Patty S, who collects them too.

Sally and I have now moved inside.

You can see the upper floor, but we never made it there.

Sally bought cards at this booth. The woman and her husband run a no-kill privately funded animal rescue farm in MO. They sell their art to pay for the care of the animals. I asked her if she knew Bernie Berlin. For some reason, I thought anyone making mixed media would have heard of Bernie.

The mixed media was paint on wood and paper clay added for embellishments. Don't get me wrong, the art was very good. But to be the only artist representing mixed media in the entire show was a bit sad and frustrating for me.

On our way back to the car, I stopped to take a few pictures

of our Historical Museum's exterior.

Later we ate at a sandwich shop full of blarney.

I had NO idea River Fest had a blog. So, I must honor the blog today. Not much to say, other than it has a good link to some YouTube videos.

11 thoughtful remarks:

Diane said...

Look, you had blus skies!! We had a little snow yesterday, and never saw any blue! The festival that I'll be in this weekend draws ALOT of people every year--it's very popular, but they're mainly there just to get out, eat the delicious food and watch the entertainment, so needless to say I won't come home a rich lady, but it's enjoyable just to get out and talk with people.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Sounds like you had a great day! Our local art festival is always Memorial weekend, but in years past, I've become disappointed in it. They've raised the expense of a booth to $1000 and so only "established" artists can afford to participate. It used to be, that you could find really fun affordable art there....still it's always fun to go, especially when I'm pretty sure I won't be making a dent in my wallet;)

Terri Kahrs said...

One of the best things about warmer weather is the Art festivals, and this one looked looked like it was amazing! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Great to see such a showing! Stopped by from Terri's! You worry that people that don't even have a card are selling something that is not even theirs to sell or they have infringed copyrights or something. Thank goodness I have not ever seen such a thing, so hopefully it is not prevelant. Enjoy the week. Blessings.

Patti said...

Thanks for sharing - looks like you had good weather! I love the one where you couldn't take photos but they didn't have business cards or a site!

p.s. If I ever do get 'cleaned up and organized' I vow to maintain:)

Marilyn Rock said...

Thanks for sharing these all with us! Glad you had good weather. Can't get over the booth with no follow-up stuff like websites, cards, etc. Also; low on mixed-media. I can see why you liked the hands' booths :) Happy Mother's Day by the way! xxoo

Toucan Scraps said...

sounds like an awesome fair, sorry you didn't get to see it all

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

crazy how organizers can't seem to put themselves in the place of attendees ... two hours to park ... holy cow!

it looks like you had lots of eye candy to entertain you!

thank you for the kind mention Elizabeth, I have to admit there are many times when I am out and about and think of blogging friends ... we are connected in so many special ways!
I think I would have been sorely tempted at having MY hand cast!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

oh and adore the trim on the historical museum = WOW!

Halle said...

Looks like a fun day!

Melinda Cornish said...

mixed media really isnt a mainstream thing at these craft fairs....I have noticed that too....that is a shame about the parking....