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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Springfest, Southern Pines NC

Since you all have been so kind to stick around while I've been consumed with preparing for Springfest these last several weeks, I just wanted to share a few post show pics with you.
What a day! It was a gorgeous but TOTALLY hot day, it got up to about 90 degrees--that coupled with 2 hours sleep really made for a long but exhilarating day!
I'm glad it's over with but really enjoyed the experience because I got to meet people that admire my work in person, I was able to hear what people liked or wanted to see in the future. One of the best things I did was to showcase these two large pieces out front. I think it was definitely an eye catcher to those that passed by. Here is the right side with my 30 x 40 piece Spring Journey ($500.00...available at Swank in Southern Pines)

A peek looking into the booth...
The bright cheery colors seemed to make a strong impact with the customers.
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I had tons of great comments on my bird piece, "Friends" also available at Swank in Southern Pines, in fact I may have an order for one similar but in a different color scheme. woot woot!


My Carolina Blue Piece also made a great visual statement when you walked in to the booth.
My wooden hearts actually were my best seller!

I used my art supplies and magazine articles as props and talking points for customers to tell them about my work and what else I do--it was fun to hear from people--oh I saw your articles, we didn't realize you lived in Aberdeen and were local!!
Overall I learned a lot through having gone through this experience. I've also learned that I really need to control my stress levels because dang did I get worked up over getting this thing put together!! I think it was a combination of not having done this before, not knowing what to expect and worrying about how accepted my work would be with the public. I tried to listen closely to what people were saying, what they liked, what they gravitated towards, how receptive they were to my style and who it was that really was drawn to my pieces. It was a great marketing experience if nothing else. It's definitely a fine line between being an artist and being in the business of art, you need to stay true to yourself but on the other hand if you want to make a living off of this, you need to listen and learn!

(you can click on the picture to get a better view of my photo collage)

All in all, I will probably do this again although I don't think I'll do shows all the time, maybe 2-3 times a year as I don't want it to consume me but I do want to get my name out there and be able to have more face to face time with my potential clients. I do need to say a big thank you to all the people that helped me, especially my x husband, Jim who made my walls for me and made several trips up here from Myrtle Beach to get the project off the ground and help set me up, transport my art and give me lots of moral support. Other shout outs to my good friends Nanette and Sandra, also from the Beach who did a 6 hour round trip yesterday to help me set up, sell, and well as my boys who are Momma's biggest supporters as well. They all provided enormous support. Last but not least, I want to thank all my artists friends who gave me wonderful advice, ideas, and encouragement as I went through this experience!! I couldn't have done it without you all :)

This week, I'm taking off to get my house back in order, relax a little bit....get a game plan going for the next quarter and start working on ideas for my online class. Don't forget to check out my last post to enter to win a $50.00 gift certificate to my online shop!! I'm going to take the shop off of vacation mode later today but will be uploading new items all week to freshen it up a bit. Be sure to stop back and see what new things I have to offer!!

Have a great Sunday!!


Patti said...

I so understand the stress thing - hope you got it out of the way this time, because it really does take a bite out of your energy and time!
Sounds like it went really well - congrats!

Kathy said...

You are so sweet Dear Jodi, I love your spirit!!!!
I am so happy you had a positive experience, and your thank you's to your loved ones was so very heart felt. Never change girlfriend...your the best!

Trisha said...

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the show. It sure was hot yesterday, I hope you found a way to keep cool. Enjoy some relaxation now. :)
Thanks for all my goodies, I love them. They inspired me to get to work on some paintings that I will be posting soon.

Jeanne Rhea said...

So great to hear about your experience. I can tell you are on a roll and so glad you enjoyed the day even if the stress! It gets easier---not the prep and trying to get things ready to sell---but setting up and worrying about every little thing.

Tess said...

It sounds like you had a great show and the hardest part, being the first show, is now behind you. The pics look great and I'd say your booth looked really good. Do take the time to write down what YOU liked and disliked about your booth. What item you could have used or used more of etc. for next time. Great job and thanks for sharing the pics with us here in blogland. Breath, it's over and you survived. Now hug your sons again for all of their support and understanding.

Kelly said...

congrats on your first show, jodi! looks like you had a great time.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your show and success, Jodi. You have worked very hard and we all so proud of you. I enjoyed seeing your picture too!

Woot, Woot!

Linda a/k/a Mamapainter

CreativeFlutter said...

Your booth looked awesome girl!!! I'm so glad you got to experience that. what a major undertaking!! I haven't done an outdoor festival but want to at some point! Take a breather and enjoy!! I had a similar day although mine was inside. Sold 2 originals and 1 bookmark! LOL The work is still up so hopefully some more buyers will come. I agree on listening to the feedback, that's what I enjoyed the most.

You did great!!!!

Leah said...

congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

I get totally stressed before shows too and you created SO much and so many lovely pieces!! Be sure to take extra good care of yourself and reward yourself now that it's done!


Chrisy said...

The whole stall looks fabulous...but yes oh yes what a lot of work those fairs are...I'm like you and get myself all stressed and exhausted...


your booth looks glad you had a great show ! Now you can relax a bit and reap the benefits of your successful show :) Congrats !!!!

QueenBe said...

Jodi those shows can be bittersweet, fun but exhausting. I'm so glad yours was a success. Good Luck with the connections you made!

whyte said...

Never a doubt in my mind you'd have a fab weekend if the crowds showed up! And look at your booth! Holy cow Jodi, that's a piece of art in itself, wonderful props and marketing. I couldn't have walked past without walking in!

Heidi said...

Yea! Glad it went well. You didn't mention if you made enough money for it to be worth your while, but I hope it was. Of course, the feedback is worth something too!

Mónica Zúñiga said...

I´m so glad for you!
Your paintings really stand out loud! The colors look sooo beautiful, I wish you much success dear friend!
Every experience brings more and more knowledge so the next time we try, things are easier and faster!

Blessings beautiful!