I participated in my first outdoor art show in mid-July. The show took place at the lovely Port Credit Marina, just across where I’m taking my stand-up paddleboard (SUP) lessons on the Port Credit River. (Stand-up paddleboarding is a lot of fun, and is actually easier than it looks). It was the 15th Annual Port Credit Outdoor Art Show, and the vendors were set up all along the boardwalk, which is major walkway for cyclists, families and boat- and dog-owners as they walk down to Lake Ontario.
We had incredibly hot, sunny weather all weekend. Set-up was at noon on Friday, and this was my first time assembling my white ‘pop-up’ tent from Costco.ca. My husband and I did a test-run at home on our patio to make sure I knew where everything went. We had also purchased four 55-lbs dock weights (sold concrete blocks with a hole in the centre), since I would need something to anchor each of the corners of the tent.
My solo set-up went smoothly – my best purchase aside from my tent was my three-way convertible dolly from Canadian Tire (I love this dolly!) – since it can also be used as a wagon/cart. I quickly ferried everything from the mini-van to my spot (l was lucky and got a shady spot, as some poor vendors cooked in the direct sunlight).
I set up my display board with the encaustic mosaics on it – it always takes a bit of tinkering to get things hung straight and try to have artworks that work together (complementary colours, size, etc.), and place their name cards with prices. Next, I set up my table with the scrabble tile and domino pendants, with all my mini-encaustic paintings. Then I realized the wall above my table was bare, but I’ll have to rig something to hang there next time – nothing for this show.
I took a quick couple of photos of my fellow booth neighbours at the show. You can see how bright and colourful some of the displays were – lots of variety, everything from jewelry, housewares, photography, paintings (large and small) and wood craving. My booth neighbour, Ray Dorval (another fellow Miltonian) creates ‘Portraits in Wood’ by hand with his scroll saw – Dorval Designs.
Ray’s booth had a steady stream of admirers for his pop culture icons. I said that I really liked his piece, “The Cottage Life” and that I could easily see it hanging in my cottage. At end of show, Ray asked if I would be willing to do a trade, some of my small encaustic paintings for his wood carving? This was another first for me – and I quickly conferred with my husband, who had shown up to help me do the ‘tear down’ and said, “Sure!” Both Ray and I each felt we got a great deal, which is definitely a good indication of a fair trade.
Ray snapped a photo of me in front of my booth during a quiet moment. I found that the visitors came in waves, and as usual, my smaller pieces and art pendants sold the most. One of my recently created encaustic mosaics sold – “Thought & Memory – White Magnasite” – it was the one inspired by the Pop Art movement. I received a lot of compliments on this work (it seemed to be my biggest hit), and so I think I’ll try to make some more ‘pop art’ themed encaustic mosaics – maybe for my next art show, ‘Art in the Park’ in Oakville on Monday August 5th.