The first outdoor art show of the summer season for me was a great success! I participated in the second annual outdoor Art Fair in Rosedale (one of 30 artists), right in the heart of the urban shopping area – across the street from Toronto’s flagship LCBO stores. The weather couldn’t have been better – clear blue skies, sunshine and a big of breeze. And despite all the road construction and highway closures for bike races (really – the DVP and the Gardiner at the same time!), I made it safely from Milton to downtown Toronto.
The Rosedale Business Association arranged great entertainment to help support the Art Fair – there was wine tasting and a big band set up in front of the LCBO and Timothy’s Coffee Shop (which had one of the few bathrooms available – need more of those for these outdoor shows…). People were enjoying the music so much that couples start showing off their swing dance specialty moves!
Across the street on a small patch of greenery in this urban shopping area, a large white tent was erected which housed all the artists (mostly local to the GTA). Artists on the edges of the tent were able to display their colourful paintings, which helped to advertise and entice potential shoppers into the art show.
Once inside the tent, shoppers were greeted with a wide variety of artworks for sale. Items ranged from abstract paintings, ceramics, finely drawn illustrations, to realistic encaustic hares (giant bunnies – it felt like they were watching me). People seemed keen to browse and chat with the artists – this is one of the more lively shows that I have participated in. Enthusiasm ran high which made the weekend fly by!
One of my fellow booth neighbours, Cybele from Pi Ceramic Designs (in fact, Cybele gave me the head’s up on this show which was being advertised on AKIMBO) said that this was the first show where she really felt that customers understood her work – the folks in Rosedale appreciate art and we artists appreciate being appreciated!
After my first time selling my encaustic jewellery at the Etobicoke art show, I was curious to see how my sales would pan out between my mosaics versus the jewellery. And what was interesting is that it was almost exactly 50/50 on the Saturday, and 1:2 on the Sunday. Sunday was definitely a quieter day, with less walk-by traffic, even though the weather was as just a beautiful. But even though there was less shoppers, those that came by were still spending money – investing in art and taking home something beautiful!
This weekend I’m gearing up for the Beaches Arts & Crafts in Toronto. I did a practice run in my patio with my husband to seeing how my newly built (courtesy of my handy husband) hanging display boards would look in my 10 x 10 pop-up tent. Dave was worried it would look crowded with two tables and the folding screen at the back, but it all fit perfectly together. Let’s hope I can manage to set it all up by myself at the Beaches!
If you are in Toronto for June 14 & 15, come by Kew Gardens on Queen St. E to check out the 30th anniversary of the Beaches Arts & Crafts show – there will be over 150 vendors and I’ll be at Booth #73!