Reflections on the MOCA Boardwalk show: "Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you". This time he got me. Sales were definitely down for me and I did not make booth. Not even close. I will of course do the show every year considering how much talent there is from all the applicants. It is truly an honor just to get into this show, show sales are not the main reason for doing it. I personally will do this show every year because I live here and support the local MOCA arts scene. I was very proud of some of my fellow artists who won awards too! They threw a terrific party on Saturday with great food catered by Steinhiblers restaurant which is top notch and then some! The coordination and effort that goes into this show is fantastic. Last year I lost my tent to some bizarre straight line winds and did not even set up Friday after Thursday's total wipe out in the wind tunnel on 25th street. Saturday and Sunday last year I exceeded making booth and made a hefty profit. This year not so much. This year I purchased the water barrels which I would highly recommend and got a booth in the center of the block. Try to avoid the end streets! Doing the Boardwalk show is an annual badge of honor and I was proud to be a part of it. I have found that often times its not at all about the sales for some shows, but rather the cause, whether it's for the Edmarc foundation in Portsmouth, The Hope House Foundation in Norfolk at Stockley Gardens, or shows like the boardwalk. Met some terrific future clients and artists and as always, had a profoundly wonderful time in my home town. Thank you for having me. My cup is half full and I am pleased to be a part of such a rewarding experience hosted by MOCA!
Just got back from the marathon drive straight home from our gig in Florida, and what a long strange trip it's been! We spent a little over a week doing the Anna Maria Island show at Holmes Beach, Florida and could not have asked for more perfect weather, and to be honest, it was really nice to get out of VA and get to some comfy temps! The journey there with the trailer was pretty grueling and took us two days since it was my first trek with the trailer and I wanted to baby it the whole way. Coming back was another story! Balls out all the way in the intense rain and wind that led to a full on white knuckle trip the entire way and we never even stopped at a motel. Thank God for coffee!
Prior to the show we had a blast at the local museum in Bradenton and saw the DaVinci exhibit and "Snooty", the oldest living manatee in the world (65 yrs. old.) We spent a long time playing with all the hands on machines and giving Snooty lots of smiles.
The show was a great success and we totally enjoyed meeting all the nice people on the island but getting on and off the island was incredibly time consuming. We all know what a pain it is at our oceanfront during tourist season but we all know the back roads to avoid the "strip or oceanfront". Down there, the island is so narrow and tiny that there is only one access for the most part and its a two lane road, jammed with spring breakers, lost tourists, and crazy drivers like you have never seen in your life. The first day of the show, it took us 3 hours to get to our hotel which was only 9.5 miles away!!!!! It was pretty cool to be able to get so close to the shore birds on Longboat Key and I got some terrific shots that will lead to some fun paintings later.
Very happy to be back in Virginia which I am very proud of!
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