It was perfect fall weather and the hard work of the volunteer organizers and 22 artists of the Western Wake Artists Studio Tour paid off last weekend. Most of the artists reported fair to plentiful visitors and some sales. After a slow start, Saturday afternoon got very busy for me. Silk scarves were a popular item for Christmas gifts with prints coming in second. Sunday was a lot slower and interestingly, while nearly everyone who came on Saturday bought something, if even a note card, sales on Sunday were the exception rather than the norm. Go figure!
Getting ready for this tour was quite an effort. Our dining room, family room and hubby's office were transformed into a wearable and fine art gallery, which required finding new homes for furniture in the garage. Not to mention all the stuff we didn't have time to put away properly that got thrown into boxes - I'm not relishing the thought of having to go through those! And of course as soon as you throw something into a box and squeeze it into a spot in the garage, you need it and can't remember what box it was thrown into!
Last year I had my art displayed both downstairs in our living area and upstairs in my studio, but it turned out to be very difficult to manage when there was a crowd. This year , and especially since Ron was away, I had everything downstairs and didn't have people go upstairs at all. Instead, I set up a demo table downstairs where I stretched a scarf and had dyes and resist on hand to show some basics of silk painting.
Overall I'd say it was a worthwhile experience - I met some really interesting people and made some new contacts, including a couple of potential new students. I'd certainly do it again.
I never remembered to take pictures while I had visitors, but at least I did take some of my set up -
The fireplace features a new item for me - men's silk ties!
And there you have it - hope you enjoyed this mini tour!