Monday, December 13, 2010


This year, with 3 other artists, I join Frankie Brackley Tolman in a 2 day art show and sale called Winterlude at the Peterborough Historical Society in Peterborough, NH. This took place on December 3rd and 4th.  Since I do not own a set up for display I was lucky to have generous friends (Adria Arch & Jeanne Williamson) who allowed me to borrow their grids.  These grids are very versatile, lightweight and easy to set up. My husband, Pip, helped me with the set up thus making it a breeze.  Plus we learned some lessons if there is ever a next time.   I used white paper in 3 ft by 30 ft rolls from Staples for the backing.  Lesson 1: The paper can be put up after the paintings are hung.  Lesson 2: Borrow the hanging hooks offered by the grid's owner, in this case my friend Jeanne.  I thought "S" hooks would be a simple solution for hanging.  Lesson 3: Make sure all the screws for securing the stands are of the right size.  And lesson 4: Know where the local hardware store is.  The most essential tool for this set became the binder clip.  These were used to secure the paper to the back of the grid, to keep the "S" hook from sliding on the grid and extend the paintings' wiring for hanging.  Lesson 5: Make my mom proud and iron the table cloths.

Lighting was key but outlets were not abundent, so we used our photo floods for lighting.

The show started at 3 PM on Friday and lasted until 9 PM. During that time we had about 70 visitors.  Saturday the show was from 10 AM until 6 PM and we also had a steady flow but I soon lost count of the numbers.  Everyone commented on the work, "loving it" but sales were scarce this year.  Notecards were the hot item.  Regardless of the lack of painting sales it was fun meeting and talking to the visitors who passed through.  And I think I sold a few subscriptions to Wild Apples art journal and also to The Palette Magazine.

Here are my friends' set up:  Elaine A Cummings

And Deborah Lloyd Kaufman:

Unfortunately I was remiss in not taking pictures of Frankie's and Joanne Boudreau's booth.  Overall our collaboration presented a colorful event with each having a unique vision in paint.

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