Monday, June 29, 2015

Spring Green, Ruins

WOW - that week is over.  I spent most of last week preparing for the 2 day Spring Green Art Fair that had 260 artists and 100,000 people attending.  I also had the Thursday 18 holes followed by an afternoon game in Milwaukee to contend with and a number of other things that used up any free time I had. NOW - I can relax for a few days.  WHEW

The art fair, my biggest one yet was . . .not really a disappointment but I didn't make 50 times what I normally do even though there were 50 times the amount of people attending. I made more then normal but it was two days and it's really hard to tell.  My stuff normally needs people to look at it 3 or 4 times, think about it, justify it and come back in a month to see me at the NEXT art fair. So - I will see in a month how it went.

I wear them down! 

We shall see. Heck I still get sales from Arts and Ales in Columbus from last year. I never know if I should include future sales on past fairs or what!  

The GOOD news is that THIS did not happen. 


A friend of mine in Michigan had a 3 day fair in which Saturday they closed the fair do to weather and destruction.

20 canopies were completely destroyed.  Even a number of Trimline canopies were destroyed and those (like what I have) are pretty darn solid. 

  
That is my friend Karl's canopy still standing. The trimline next to him, brand new and $3000 will need some work.  Karl had 400 pounds of weights attached.

The interesting news was right across from me was an organization called Wisconsin Urban Wood. They take trees that are cut down when roads are being build (like James Street coming up) and reuses that wood.  

The street I was on that I THOUGHT would have wonderful shade had many trees cut and reused. Sadly Saturday I was on brand new black top with zero wind and zero clouds.  HOT!!!  

One thing I learned was that the DOT will cut the trees, HOWEVER - the city is responsible for disposing the trees at the city's cost. Not sure how that will work in Columbus. BUT - Urban Wood is looking for more wood and they said contact them when the time comes. 

On a side note I made a contact to get into EAA before it opens for aircraft shots so I have some early mornings coming up. 

Another interesting thing was a new item I tested was a complete success  5x15 matted prints went like hot cakes.

What sold blew my mind.  More males purchased then females.  Typically females of a household make art purchases, but not this time. 


Could have had something like this in the back of the booth drew the males in.  I put these in the back to get them all the way in.  (tee hee). Then when they could not afford the price they purchased the 5x15 prints.

Another interesting thing was this image=, even though I have never printed it but had it on the back of a post card had interest. 


Sunday was rain and storms but we spent 3 days with no cell phone service or internet.  Spring Green is a black hole for AT&T and being a weather geek, spending 2 full days outside with approaching storms and my iPhone being pretty much nothing but a paper weight was driving me nuts. 

I had to use my inherent Indian knowledge to tell when it was raining. 

On the way home we stopped at some ruins and I snapped about 30 photos of something. Not a clue to the story behind this but . . . but you will see more of this this week. It's the only image I have really looked at so far. 

So - I put in orders and clean things up. Wet canopy needs drying. 

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Watertower - notice they have begun work on the tower which SHOULD effectively kill all the plants Elwood and I have planted with a tarp that will cover the rocks and allow zero sunlight to reach our babies.  sigh! I hope it kills weeds also.  

see ya!