Today I am sitting in front of my tent at the Annual Art in the Park in Ashuelot River Park in Keene, New Hampshire.
I am not a summer art show fanatic. It is possible to spend every weekend at outdoor shows throughout New England and there are a
|Ashuelot River Park Transformed, 85 tents|
I only do the Keene Show. I can't imagine spending the entire Summer tied to this chair when there is so much out there that I should be photographing, but this is my local show, sponsored by the Monadnock Area Artists Association. I get to display my work to friends and other local folks who may share my interest in the Monadnock Region, and besides, I have this Damn Tent and I have to air in out once a year.
I can't claim to be an expert on the summer art show scene, but over the years I have arrived at a few observations that my be of interest, at least to the casual displayer like myself.
Displaying the Work
|Kinetic Art: 2010|
accordion-like supports of the tent. Setup was a long and precarious process as I balanced on a ladder supporting my precious art work in one hand while struggling to get the wire around the supports and adjusted to the proper length. Each setup was a new
adventure. The results were
|Mary Iselin's Plush Panels|
A great thing about these art shows is that a quick tour will yield an endless variety of solutions to the display problem. I ended up
|New Hanging System|
Finding Something to do.
|As good as it Will Get|
When all else fails, I can always study the people. My greatest
|Flickr Friend & Great Photographer Sue O'Connoer|
with son Michael
|Party!, Keene Photography Club|
|Couple Dynamics, "How much is this going to cost?"|
|Sophie's Hat, A hot day|
Measures of Success
Measured by my usual criteria this Art in the Park was a success. I sold just enough work to make it worthwhile, but, more importantly, I once again got my pictures out to be seen by lots of folks, some of whom may someday think of me when they need a local picture for a gift or empty corner of a wall. Although thunderheads were building on Sunday afternoon around closing time we managed to avoid any significant rain. It was amazing how quickly people managed to pack up with the sky darkening and thunder growling in distance. My new hanging system helped me take down quickly and, most importantly, without destroying any pictures.
Finally, an event like this gives me feedback about my work that I miss when my pictures are hanging in a restaurant or bank lobby. At Art in the Park the people come to see the work, not to have dinner or cash a check and I learn a lot by lurking on the sidelines watching the reactions to individual pieces. For one thing, I learned that people seem to love pink noses.
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