Well, last month was our second art fair of the year . . . The Alameda Art & Wine Faire on Park Street.
With temperatures in the low 70s all weekend, we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. And that wonderful, sunny weather encouraged thousands of visitors to walk the festival. We had tons of new people in our booth, admiring this photo or that image, and Craig was even approached by a couple of people about possible commissions (which he does . . . check out his portraits site here).
We also got to meet some other nearby vendors to get their take on things, and pick up any tips we could about how to improve our festival experience (remember, we ARE still relatively new to this). One fellow vendor even offered suggestions of some other venues we might check out for next year.
We even had a great lesson in not assuming who will or won’t buy our art.
A younger gentleman walked into our booth toward the end of the day on Sunday. He was admiring some of the stipple art that Craig had up, and mentioned that he, too, was an artist. His specialty wasn’t stippling, but he admired Craig’s patience, and they got to talking more about art styles.
As I said, this gentleman looked to be young–maybe even college age–and so we assumed he didn’t have a ton of money to spend on art. So we just sat and enjoyed our conversation with him, and answered his questions about certain pieces as he rooted through our print bins.
But he actually found one that he couldn’t part with and wound up purchasing it! YAY!
We also did another contest giveaway for a free print. People who came into our booth were encouraged to sign up for our newsletter, and doing so would enter them into the contest to win one of our images (valued at $65). Many of them did, and our latest winner is Simon Boyd!
But Craig and I got to thinking that we’d like to expand the contest next year. So what we’re going to do is include all of you, our blog and newsletter readers, in future contests. Some action will be needed on your part, but it’s simple. Just comment on our blog to let us know which image(s) you’d like to own and your name will be included in our next drawing (don’t worry, we’ll remind you of the “rules” when we let you know about the next art fair).
Anyway, we had a great time at the Downtown Alameda Art & Wine Faire this year, and we can’t wait to see what art fairs we’ll be doing next year.
Thanks for reading!