Under the Big Top – Rosedale Art Fair 2014

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Under the Big Top – Rosedale Art Fair 2014

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.

LCBO flagship store in Rosedale – quite the landmark!

LCBO flagship store in Rosedale – quite the landmark!

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!

Wine tasting at the LCBO and a Big Band to help celebrate the Rosedale Art Fair.

Wine tasting at the LCBO and a Big Band to help celebrate the Rosedale Art Fair.

Couples were busy swing dancing to the tunes of the Big Band.

Couples were busy swing dancing to the tunes of the Big Band.

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.

Across the street from the LCBO in Rosedale was the giant white tent for the Art Fair.

Across the street from the LCBO in Rosedale was the giant white tent for the Art Fair.

Artists’ paintings on display to help entice visitors into the big white tent.

Artists’ paintings on display to help entice visitors into the big white tent.

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!

Artists discuss their work with potential customers – artworks ranged from abstracts, illustrations, ceramics, jewellery and more!

Artists discuss their work with potential customers – artworks ranged from abstracts, illustrations, ceramics, jewellery and more!

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!

One of my fellow booth neighbours – Cybele from Pi Ceramics and her partner, James.

One of my fellow booth neighbours – Cybele from Pi Ceramics and her partner, James.

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!

Alexandra Reid at her booth at the Rosedale Art Fair, selling encaustic mosaics and jewellery.

Alexandra Reid at her booth at the Rosedale Art Fair, selling encaustic mosaics and jewellery.

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!

Practice run with setting up the outdoor tent with the two newly made hanging display boards in my patio.

Practice run with setting up the outdoor tent with the two newly made hanging display boards in my patio.

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!

Beaches Arts & Crafts Show poster for this weekend’s show.

Beaches Arts & Crafts Show poster for this weekend’s show.

Lexi Reid Studio booth is #73 (right in the middle of the show) at the Beaches Arts & Crafts Show.  Come by for a visit!

Lexi Reid Studio booth is #73 (right in the middle of the show) at the Beaches Arts & Crafts Show. Come by for a visit!