by Kelli Pope
With September comes shorter days, the anticipation of turning leaves, hope of cooler days, and Art Shows, Art Shows, Art Shows! This time of year, my wonderful husband knows that after work, on days off, and sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, I can only be found in my studio, preparing for shows. This weekend I will be at the Mellwood Art Center in Louisville, Ky. Next weekend I'll be in Rising Sun, Indiana. Do I have enough inventory? THAT is a very good question. I'll be working on it until I can't keep my eyes open tonight, and all day tomorrow (except for the show set up in the morning), and likely every non-working, non-sleeping moment until early December.
I have a permanent "to pack" list in my head for the set up; tent, tables, table leg risers, shelving, displays, table coverings, mirrors, weights for tent, chair. After set up, I'll be back to making jewelry until late into the evening, at which time the next packing list kicks in; beads/tools/components, finished jewelry, mailing list, money box, cell phone, business cards, organza bags, receipt book, handouts listing future shows.
And hopefully, all this leads to lots of sales, and happy customers. :)
Does all this make me tired just talking about it? Yep. Do I still enjoy it? SO very much!!! Plus my beautiful and charming sister will be assisting me with sales, which makes the whole show experience that much more fun.
Do you do shows? What are your tips of the trade?