Art in the Park took place on Sunday June 9 at the Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke. This was my first time participating in this event; I was very impressed with how quickly everyone set up, both inside and outside the facility. The weather was perfect – sunny, but not too hot and humid. Inside the Centre, the artists’ were setting up their booths in the studio, normally occupied by students in different art workshops. Artists were setting up their tents outside the facility on the lovely park space. I had opted for the inside space, since I didn’t feel like gambling on the weather.
There was a slow, but steady stream of visitors to the Centre, but not the crowds that everyone remembered from last year. One artist told me that they had over 1,000 people come through, and that cars had to circle in the parking lot ages for a space. Unfortunately, there must have been other distractions taking place on this past Sunday, as our visitors were only a fraction of that number.
I still had some sales, luckily (everyone was crossing their fingers to make the cost of their booth at least). Again, my small pieces are what saved the day for me. Two mini encaustic paintings sold, as did several of my domino and scrabble pendants (always popular).
This time I tried making and selling something a little different – cuff links. I thought they’d make a good gift for the upcoming Father’s Day. I sold two pairs to a mother and daughter team, who told me that while they had promised not to buy any more shirts, they had said nothing about buying accessories for shirts!
I also created some new encaustic mosaics artworks for this show (and they’ll continue to be displayed at my next art show in Port Credit). This encaustic mosaic, “Thought & Memory – White Magnasite” was inspired by Pop Art – images from vintage comics, 1950’s household product ads and candy bar labels.
The painted squares were derived from previous art experiments (stencils and scribbles). Finally I found a way to use them! I had quite few people admire the brightness of the colours, so maybe I’ll have to make some more mosaics in this theme.