Monday, August 4, 2008

FUN, FANTASTIC ART SHOW - FIREFLY ART SHOW - Wauwatosa - WISCONSIN

This weekend of August 2nd & 3rd, I was exhibiting in another one of my "favorite" art shows! The weather was absolutely gorgeous! No 90 degree temperatures, as is often the case when doing this show in Wisconsin! Only beautiful breezes and sunshine. I had my usual spot located under a huge tree, which provided shade, and we were told by many of the people visiting my booth that it was the best spot in the show! Sales proved to be great! Considering how the economy has been affecting most art shows for all artists, I was pleasantly surprised at the sales I had. It pays to develop a "following", as I'd say 90% of my sales were repeat customers from previous years. The booth fee for this delightful show is $125.00 for both days, and only a $5.00 jury fee.

I've been doing this show for about 7 years now, and it is sponsored by the Wauwatosa Historical Society, and held on the beautiful grounds of an historic home surrounded by beautiful Victorian gardens. The Firefly Art Fair is the major fundraiser for the Wisconsin Historical Society , which raises funds to preserve the historic Kneeland Walker home.

This show is one of my very favorites, and provides artists with help loading and unloading by having a troop of the Boy Scouts available for any artists who need help. They also provide a complimentary continental breakfast on Sunday morning, and an artist reception after the show on Saturday. Lots of good food is on sale throughout the two day event. The homemade pie alamode was my sister's and my favorite! Yummy!!
FOOD TENTS IN THE BACKGROUND
This show has the most beautiful setting in the Victorian styles gardens that surround the historic home. Below are several photos I took before the show actually opened on Saturday. LOVE THE FLOWERS!
The artists'booths wind around, and in among the beautiful Victorian gardens.


Visitors to the "fair" can buy their food, and then go sit at one of the many tables provided for their enjoyment, while eating their food, and be surrounded by flowers!

The Firefly Art Fair has a wide variety of different mediums....paintings, photography, mixed media, jewelry, wood, and more! I snapped a few photos before the show started, of some of the various artwork, as shown below:



These blown glass pieces were absolutely exquisite!
Hand-dyed Silk Scarves and more....were for sale at this booth! Very colorful!

Very unique necklaces made from nuts by artist Gorden Decker

Here is another piece by wood artist, Gordon Decker. He said this piece was created from a "pod" from Africa. Great, unique candle holder.

I'm always a little sad when this show is over, as it means I have to wait another whole year to be back there again! It is always such fun to meet with artist friends, old customers, and to meet new ones. All in all a great weekend!



1 comment:

belinha said...

Lovely event!I wish we had things like this ove rhere!