This is Karen Stackow of Signs of Fire.
She’s a local artist who some time in February asked if I’d like to share a booth with her at the Narragansett Art Festival.
And so I did:
I made the ceramic fish for the event and luckily I took photos because half of them sold!
I had two that cracked during the firing process:
Which means the cobbler gets to bring them home and stick them in her garden :)
Well, long story short, I didn’t sell anything on day two. Nor did anyone else. The festival is right on the water and as all the artists were sleeping rain and 40 mph winds were up to no good. Many artists went home with nothing. Hours, weeks, months of work destroyed. Investments in booths, collapsed. It was a horrible sight.
But that Karen Stackow, the universe was kind to her.
All of the tents on all 4 sides were destroyed but the orange tent-o-fire was left completely intact. (Not to mention we emptied the tent before the storm.)
So, I guess that’s what they call a wash. <- horrible pun intended.
I did learn a lot. I got a good feel for the events price point and I got to observe what people were buying. Karen got me to sign up for SQUARE which now enables me to accept credit cards. And thanks to her, I didn’t have to sit in a booth alone for 8 hours. Boy we had some good laughs!
Before it was all washed away, I also really appreciated the art talent. It was great to see what everyone was creating. It simply amazes me how different each and every artists vision can be.
I was honored to be among them :)