Friday, July 27, 2012

That time of the year

For over 30 some years Oil City has hosted the Oil Heritage Festival on the third weekend in July.    Well, it is that time of year again.



Two years ago, I bought a tent and set up in the street.  My goal was to get my feet wet at outdoor exhibiting and to create a gallery setting within the tent.  As was mentioned in a post on that show, I succeeded at both my goals and made some money too.

Last year, I moved inside the Graffiti Gallery and exhibited with Swan Daashuur (the other jeweler in the Transit.)  We were positioned behind the tents and sales were pretty dismal.  Swan sold more than I did but still not as much as she expected.

This year I had planned on going back out on the street but Swan persuaded me to try the Gallery one more year.  This year the Festival Committee left the space in front of the Gallery open so it was more visible.  We still did not have the number of visitors the street vendors did but it was so much better than last year.  Sales were pretty good today (hoping that tomorrow is even better.)   And, we will be leaving the show up for the entire month of August.


Work by John Mander, Corinne Carbaugh, Abby Bunnell and Swan Daashuur


Part of my display.


 The outside vendors set up  today and it was a good thing it wasn't yesterday.  We had severe storms yesterday and the fire sirens kept going off to warn us of possible tornadoes.  (The Transit Building is built like a you - know- what.  So, if I have to be somewhere during a storm the Transit is my choice.)

Today the wind came up again and it rained for about an hour.  Some of the tents were toppled and people were looking pretty wet.  So..... I'm thankful I was inside.  Linda Lineman who paints porcelain decided that she was tired fighting the weather every year and will join us inside next year.


3 comments:

Zoe Nelson said...

Outdoor shows are so hard! I did them for over 20 years and in that time I've had to buy 3 tents because 2 were destroyed by wind. Good decision to stay inside the gallery. I hope you make a big pile of money!

convergentseries said...

What I really want to do with this note is to wish you, and everyone, both good weather and good shopping!

But when the weather doesn't cooperate, it seems the question becomes: how to encourage festival visitors to come inside the lovely gallery when storms arrive?

That is, to get folks to come inside and still shop there in appreciation of the shelter the gallery is so kind to offer....

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