Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Art Expo!

I knew I should have waited one more day.  But my 'worries' got the best of me.  I'm talking about the Art Expo! coming up.  There is a beautiful flyer that Yvette sent to us all last night - that we'll all distribute in our areas, as well as being advertised widely beginning this week.  See, I knew she'd come through. 
This is the wording on the poster.  I'm not computer savvy when it comes to uploading/downloading this sort of thing (PDF), but here's the text:
The East Lansing Public Art Gallery

In collaboration with the City of East Lansing &

The East Lansing Arts Commission


Art Expo!
Featuring Fabulous Local & Neighboring Artists

April 14th, 2012 ~ 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

April 15th, 2012, ~ 12:00pm to 5:00 pm

At the East Lansing Hannah Community Center

819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, MI

(1st Floor ~ Banquet Hall Room)

Paintings, Photography, Fiber Art, Crayon Art, Indian Art, Jewelry Artists, Polymer Clay Creations, Pottery and Much More!

The PERFECT way…

To select an ARTISTIC gift…

For your SPECIAL someone!


I think it's going to be a fairly small event - there were only 20 or so of us on the list.  But, just as with the summer Art Market - QUALITY versus QUANTITY.  Sometimes the big, BIG shows can get overwhelming to the visitors.  And those vendors 'stuck' at the back or end of the line are often out of luck because the visitors have spent their money on the way down through the show, or just plain tucker out before they finish, not realizing they're missing out on the best of the show!  I think 20 will be just fine.  It's quite an impressive bunch, too.  I know some, know OF some, and have seen some of the work.  We're going to have a GREAT weekend!
Now for the prep.  I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and got these:

I think I'm going to leave them purple. 

 This photo is the scrapbook paper I got that will accent the yellow velour and light beige cloths I'm going to be using.  That center section?  Yep - that's scrapbook paper that looks like pearls.  Excellent!
 Then when I was at Grand-dale last week, I divested them of this display rack, which I am covering in vintage looking paper.  It will stand on the table (since I only have 6 ft to work with, I'm goin' UP!).
 I've also been collecting various display items over the course of the last year or two.  I've used the metal pieces extensively in my displays already, and may add a second of the rack behind the bust, which is, actually  - a toilet paper roll holder.  HA!  Holds bracelets, and strands of beads beautifully.
 Last but not least, also a Grand-dale display find - these are actually meant to hang on the wall.  Not sure yet if I'll leave them this color, or distress them slightly, or just paint them all together. 
I will have limited time to set up the day of the show, though, so I have an almost 6 ft. table in the basement, and I'm going to set up my display here at home beforehand, and then photograph it - so that I have an idea of what I want to do when I get there.  At least - that's the PLAN. 
My beading mojo is also slightly returning.  I found a vintage dragonfly in my stash yesterday, that had cross hatched wings.  I am bead 'cross stitching' them, and attaching them to Stiff Stuff, so that I can embroider around the wings, too.  All metallics, for the Metal-icious line.  I've sold quite a few of those pieces at Coyote - so I may be on a crash course of  creating new pieces.  I would like to have a nice display of them to show off. 
Peaceful beading everyone,


flyingbeader said...

Great idea on setting it all up before the show to see what it looks like. Wish I had the insight to have done this the times I did a show...but oh well...when I find that extra piece of time, I'll send you a bunch of it too, okay? LOL!

coolmoon said...

That is the plan. Whether I actually FOLLOW the plan on the day of the show - that's another story. ;0)