This past weekend I had a booth in the Fiesta Arts Fair, a juried event with top notch artists from around the country. Art fair participation is A LOT of work. Getting your stuff to the site, setting up, and interacting with the public all day long, and not to mention being totally helpless about the weather, is kind of exhausting. But, it's also interesting, inspiring, and when things are selling, maybe a little fun.
The weather was a concern all weekend. There were thunderstorms predicted and there was a giant hailstorm earlier in the week that made me nervous. We set up the booth on Friday and crossed our fingers that it wouldn't be a total bust. Saturday started off with a little sprinkling but was mostly dry the rest of the day.
Because severe weather was expected Saturday night and Sunday, fair organizers gave us the option to pack up Saturday night and some artists decided to leave because they didn't want to take the risk. After some serious back and forth, and after talking with our neighbor booths, we ultimately decided to stick it out and stay. It also helped that our entire row also decided to stay. The risk paid off because while it rained during the night, the inside of my booth stayed dry and the rain held off Sunday until 3:00 pm. The fair closed 2 hours early because of the rain, but considering the circumstances, that wasn't too shabby.
Despite the weather, many pieces went off to good homes and I received great feedback about my work. I enjoyed making new friends and loved seeing old friends and family drop by. Thanks to all who helped make it a success!