Saturday, May 31, 2008

Artfelt Thanks

Something wonderful happens when many people gather for a specific purpose- energy, camaraderie and just plain fun fills the air. It has been quite the ride this week watching The Village prepare for the art show while my staff moved the store completely around, and then Friday seeing our chosen artists arrive to set up their space and display it with the items they have been working on so diligently. Each and everyone of them uniquely different. See more of their designs:

Greg Johnson:

Tag Team Tompkins, Diane and Madeline Tompkins:
Van Dusen Clockworks, Jon and Lisa Van Dusen:

Michelle Spaw:

Moonfly Pottery, Mary K. Porter:
Brenda Kilgore:
Renee Garvey Jewelry:
Delsie Chambon:
Although this event business wears us all down, there is nothing like seeing all of our great customers over a few short days and others we haven't seen forever. Each artist also sent out postcards so we are making a lot of new friends too. We are always surprised (but grateful) people are discovering us for the first time.

The traffic has been constant despite the 85 degree weather and each night we must close the doors long before the crowds die down or we would never make it in the next day to do it all over again. Art has sold, antiques, a sofa, chairs, seashells, tables, soap and lotions and jewelry, jewelry, jewelry. Take a look at some of the outdoor artists and maybe you can save the date for next year as we will surely do it again...

And finally, Pearl was spent after so many people in and out of the store and long, 12 hour days.