We had a lovely time at Art in the Park in Highland, IL, especially since Lon won the award in the oil/acrylic category. That’s always fun! Sales were slow but they were about what we expected. The organizers were great to the artists, and we had a great time hanging out with the friends we’ve made the past few months on ‘the circuit’.
Now we’re getting ready for the plein air event at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO next weekend. A couple days of painting for Lon and a couple days of lolling about for me – what could be better??!!?? The show is on Saturday evening from 5-8, so if you’re in the area be sure to stop by and visit – andy maybe buy a painting or two. :)
We’ll be in Highland, IL at Art in the Park this weekend for our last show of the season. Please come visit us! Its sure to be a lot of fun. :)
The Zona Rosa show in Kansas City was pretty much what I expected. The people walking through were just going to see a concert or happened to be there shopping anyway and weren’t art buyers. We managed to sell a couple paintings and a few prints, so it wasn’t a total loss. The artists we met were great but needless to say, we won’t do that show any more.
Onward and upward! :)
Lon and I walked through the St. Louis Art Fair yesterday. We’ve been there before but this time was different since we’re actually participating in art fairs now. It was a little overwhelming since its such a big show and the quality of the art seems to be better there than at the other shows we’ve been in ourselves.
Both of us found several of the artists to be worthwhile:
Matthew Cornell was pretty spectacular. He had about 10 photo-realistic landscape paintings on the walls of his booth, one on each panel and several of them VERY small (business card size) but with large frames bringing the overall size of the pieces up to about 8″x10″ or so. The scale of the pieces FORCED us to go in and inspect them closely – I couldn’t help but be pulled in by them. It was such a dramatic and effective way to show the work. He’s definitely got the goods as evidenced by red dots (meaning SALES, for anyone not familiar with the art market) on at least half of the paintings on display.
Steve Graber does figurative and landscapes in an impressionistic style. They’re different from Lon’s work but similar enough that we stopped to talk to him about the art fair circuit. He was good enough to talk to us for a bit and offer encouragement and suggestions. Nice guy, and nice paintings too.
David Oleski had large impressionistic paintings of fruit, mostly apples, if I remember correctly. The green apple paintings were especially attractive. There were very few paintings in the booth since most of them took up a whole 10′ wall. The colors and paint texture were striking. His blog (which can be reached easily from the website) shows small works, many of them sold, that are done in the same style and work as well as the large ones. Well worth a look.
Robert Schlieker (link may not work) is a good friend of ours and has some beautiful bronze sculpture in the fair. Its his first year in the St. Louis Art Fair and we both really hope he does well with it. He’s a talented artist both as a painter and as a sculptor. Bob’s a great guy.
In the debriefing on the drive to a friend’s birthday party we decided that we’re actually doing fine and just need to keep doing what we’re doing and keep submitting and getting accepted to better and better quality shows. One of them will be the St. Louis Art Fair.
The Art Fair at Queeny Park was a success. We sold a painting and a few prints at the show and a couple more paintings after the show. We made some new friends as well, which is always nice, and won an award of excellence – also very cool.
Here’s a pic of our booth at Queeny. The second and fourth paintings on the left outside wall are the two that sold last week.
We had to alter the booth QUICKLY when we got there since it was a 10′x8′ space rather than the 10′x10′ of most shows. That meant taking off one of our panels and rethinking how to reconfigure the lights. Luckily, Lon is great at thinking on the fly and he was able to pull it together and it didn’t look like we’d ever had a problem.
All considered, it was a good show and we’ll keep it on the list to possibly participate again next year.
Its been a successful day working on the booth. I pinned fabric up on the walls this morning and it looked like this:
Lon picked up some track lighting today! I found it on Craigslist last night and while he was out he got it for just $15. It was a pretty fantastic deal and we were both really happy with it.
Here’s the booth now, with the lighting up and the fabric pinned on one wall.
We added a rug too. This is all going on in Mom’s back yard, since the panels were stored in the trailer she has over there. Her neighbors have GOT to be wondering whats going on. Our neighbors are used to seeing unusual things in our backyard, but this is a first over there. No one has asked anything yet though.
We’ll be back on it tomorrow evening. :)
Lon was busy most of the day updating the booth, mostly getting the panels to be more stable. I think he’s going in a good direction. This is where it stands tonight:
The pipes overhead are new. They help hold the structure together and will be the framework for the lighting. Speaking of which, you don’t happen to know where we can get some cheap or free track lighting, do you? We’re looking for some rather quick-like since we have our first show over Labor Day weekend.
The wood panel at the front will be transformed into a display wall and there will be a matching one on the other side. These should give a very elegant and eye-catching look to the booth.
Tomorrow should bring some major changes to the look of the thing. I sure hope the rain holds off for a while so we can leave it up to work on it at least another day.
Good Morning! I’m Djuana (pronounced doo WAH nah), the at-large person of Lon Brauer Studios. I manage the website and blog, help out at art fairs, and generally hang out with Lon as much as possible. I still have three kids at home so my time is limited, but I try to be available as much as I can. We work it out. :)
We’re getting ready for our first fall art fair season. This year we’re going to be at The Art Fair at Queeny Park in Manchester, MO http://gslaa.org/GSL_festivals.htm Sept. 2-4 , the Zona Rosa Arts Festival in Kansas City, MO http://www.zonarosa.com/events/eventdetails/tabid/3340/articleid/2550/8th-annual-zona-rosa-arts-festival.aspx Sept. 16-18, the Shaw Art Fair in St. Louis, MO http://www.shawartfair.org/ Oct 1-2, and Art in the Park in Highland, IL http://highlandartscouncil.org/ Oct 8-9. We’re excited about being in the shows but there’s a lot of work to do over the next couple weeks to pull a nice-looking booth together. Its going to be busy around here for a while.