Monday, August 10, 2009

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND STUDIO TOUR: What a blast!

Hello Blogger Friends!
Well I promised a post all about the Studio Tour today so here it is. You may want to pull up a chair cuz this is a LONG one! What a blast it was. Yes...lots of work and my voice is a little scratchy today...but such a GREAT time! Hubby deserves a huge standing ovation for all the hard work in helping out with getting ready and set up not to mention tear down too.
THANK YOU HUBBY!!!

(Artists from the Tour: Starting at the top left side:
Pam Sanders, Will Gibson, Terry Siebert,
Diana Bennette Wirtz, Erica Applewhite,
Cynthia Dice, Me,
Todd Butler and Jay Trinidad)

This was only one of the 7 studios!


(Hubby and Me in front of my booth)

We set up on Thursday to be able to open on Friday morning at 10:00am. The weather had cooled off considerably and many of the artists were very cold but my booth location was a little bit protected and warmer so that was lucky. Especially since I had a skirt on! Cold wind and skirts aren't a good combo.


(one of those plants I can't name that was soooo incredible and the humming birds were all over it... Lobellia something..)



( Another amazing plant...melianthus major...I think, smells like peanut butter, no lie, it really does!)

(my booth nestled in the garden)

(Terry Siebert)

My booth was set up right outside Terry Sieberts Pottery Studio and it was so fabulous. They have this really cool farmhouse that they raised and built the studio under. Right outside the studio is this AMAZING Mediterranean garden area with plants that I can't pronounce the names of. She gets to work and look out at this beautiful scene every day. A little slice of heaven. It was such a beautiful working space, not to mention how great her pottery is. I managed to come away with this little gem:

Thanks to Terry for being such a great hostess and a new friend I will always cherish! Inside Terry's studio artist Erica Applewhite from White Apple Studio was demonstrating how she carves her great block prints. She was selling the most awesome cards. You could count on Erica to bring a smile to your face. A beautiful artist, inside and out. Just look at her work:


Upstairs on the wrap around porch were 4 other artists that I had such fun getting to know a little. Jay Trinidad, who is an amazing photographer along with Cythia Dice who paints the most whimsical dogs I've ever seen along with intricate had cut paper scrapbooking items and other musings. Look at these great cards I got from Cynthia:





(Cynthia Dice and Will Gibson)

Next to Cynthia was Will Gibson who paints these wonderful huge canvases of texture and color.
And next to Will was Diana Bennette Wirtz. Diana has a wide range of style that are mostly contemporary fields of color and landscape. It was really beautiful. Unfortunately I don't have any link to her work.

(Diana Bennette Wirtz)

In the house were Todd and Elizabeth Butler from The Butler Did It. They have hand made furniture that they create which is really beautiful.
And last but not least was Pam Sanders who does collage art and hand crafted jewelry. Her work has a wonderful layered effect that draws you in as you discover all that she has created within each layer.

Friday started out a little slow but had steady traffic throughout the day. It was so fun meeting such interesting people from all over. I couldn't believe how far people came to see the studio tour. It was exciting. Saturday proved to be much busier and I was blessed with a HUGE surprise...there was a man in my booth looking at my rowboat painting titled "Dry Docked", and said "I recognise this painting", and thinking that he probably saw it either on the beach or in the gallery, I asked him where he had seen it and he said...Here


This is the Bainbridge Islander, a local freebie newspaper that showcases local artists work on the cover. This time I was the featured artist and I didn't even know it!!! Hubby had emailed in the picture to the Bainbridge Islander a few months back along with my bio and we sort of forgot about it. What perfect timing! Needless to say Sunday was a huge day and I have to say that I got a lot of traffic from the newspaper. Thanks a MILLION Bainbridge Islander!!!


My goal on Sunday was to sell my first "original painting". The day was almost over and I still hadn't sold my first original. I asked Hubby to "Man the booth" while I went to have my picture taken. Jay Trinidad was offering to take portraits of the artists and while I was doing that wouldn't you know that Hubby was hard at work selling my first original painting. Oldest son came up to the yard where Jay was doing his photo shoot and said "Mom, you better get down to the booth... there is a lady that wants to buy an original painting!". Can you believe it! Hubby to the rescue again. What a guy. So it happened...I finally sold a painting. What a thrill! It was such an encouraging weekend with wonderful feedback on my work. People really liked it!!! This made me very happy! Another "first" to add to my list. So now I take a few days to bask in the enjoyment of last weekend and then it's moving forward to the next show. More artistic adventure ahead!


Thanks for taking time to pop in and read about my weekend. I hope things are well with you.

Blessings,

Meagan

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations Meagan! Your booth looked awesome and I'm so happy you sold your first original. I am inspired by your hard work and organization, but mostly by your talent and drive. I'm so glad we are going to work together at PP. Lots of love, Joan

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  2. You just can't miss the good stuff at the Studio Tour, it's everywhere! Glad you enjoyed the experience. I live here and never make the summer ST, though I *always* do the trip at the holidays, where I get some awesome gifts. I recommend it!

    These are great shots, Jay. Aren't you the artist showing at the pub these days?

    Tamara

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  3. Oops, not sure how Jay's note got in there... that's really freaky! Sorry 'bout that...
    Tamara

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  4. Wow Meagan this is exciting, the original painting sold (hooray) the front page news...congratulations! I know how much work goes into this kind of show too...the planning, prep, the hauling, setup, teardown, more hauling...and the sore cheeks from smiling so much all day long...you must be exhausted!
    Funny I have that red spiky flower (hummingbirds do love it) and I can't think of the name either...I bought mine from a lady selling perennials in her front yard last summer!
    Congratulations on your successful "launch"...now get some rest!

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  5. Congratulations! Wow, selling an original, a beautiful booth, newspaper article, so many good things.

    I am happy for you!

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  6. Hello sister!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the picture of you and Brad! I would love to have a copy of that to treasure!! So happy that the tour went well! Your work is so beautiful that it's no surprise that you did so well!!! I think that the flower is called "devils tears" or something evil like that!!!!Such a pretty flower with a horid name!!!!

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  7. the word verification was "wayless". Do you think it meant Weigh Less????

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  8. Meagan, congratulations on your show. Way to go on the original . . . you are well on your way to "art stardom". I love your work. I promise I will call you when I get home from my trip - I swear!!! Congrats again - see you soon.

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