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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wow what a day at the art fair!

The fair started last night with a super jazz band which played most of the evening. There was this painter who painted portraits of famous rockers. While their song was playing he finished the painting, in about 5 minutes. Pictured here where he was painting Jimi Hendrix. So cool to watch.

With the super weather it made for a great artsy atmosphere. I love my spot right next to the main circle and with great booth neighbors on both sides, Mike and Marvi Segal on one side and Steve Huss on the other. Pictured here is Mike's booth with his wonderful folk art of subjects you would love. The Segals are always great fun. They share their wise art fair advice but I expecially want to share their special song, called the be back song. I love it!.......

"Got Them Be Back Blues" (To the tune of Be Bop A Loola)

Chorus -
Be back a loola, I want that painting
Be back a loola, I don't mean maybe
Be back a loola, I got them be back blues

Stanza -
Well - who's those folks with the matching blue jeans
They want my painting and they offer me beans
I say OK and don't make a fuss
Then they tell me they left their checkbook in the buss

Chorus -
Stanza -

Been here all day and ain't sold a thing.
Suns going down, mosquitos startin to sting
Then a high falootin' art dealer starts to holler
I'll buy all your stuff for ten cents on the dollar.


Super funny when Marvi and Mike sing it.

Also seen here are a few samples on my miniature paintings. I just finished the two on hard board, Melrose Bay and a hayfield in Alachua.

Pics of my booth, I sold the "Wild Tulips" painting on the bottom left. A great couple from Alachua bought it. I was so excited to meet them. They bought from me before at the High Springs Art Coop. Another artist sold a small hayfield pic for me but never got their personal info so I couldn't keep in touch with them and thank them. So now I will have their address. It seems most of my patrons come out of my home town area. Can't wait until tomorrow!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Getting ready for 2011 Winter Fine Art Fair@Tioga

Friday evening, 5pm-10pm with wine tasting and jazz music.
Saturday thru Sunday, 10am- 5pm.
With 70 different artists, food, music and kids activities.
Tioga Town Center, 105 SW 128 Ave, Newberry, FL (west of I-75 off Newberry Road)

As usual I wait until the last minute to get ready for these big festivals. Trying to get my newsletter out on my website is always a challenge. It is not an easy program so I may have to look around this year for a better set up for my Website and newsletter. I am almost finished with the High Springs Canoe pic below. I have some very small works in process, too. Then of course there is my physical post cards that should be coming in the mail today. I hope to have them mailed out this weekend.
Recently I have been invited to participate in a new startup gallery in the town of Newberry. Located south of High Springs and west of Gainesville, this town is getting ready to explode with families attending future sporting events at their new baseball training complex and their archery facilities. They expect hundreds of people in the next 6 months.
Newberry's Main Street Program is working hard to establish a great little tourist stop for all those future visitors. They have renovated the old firehouse and are about to open the new Firehouse Art Gallery. I have one oil painting of the raccoons, "The Three Stooges" in the gallery, but have not put any more paintings there since they are all hanging at the High Spring Coop. I do have some new interesting pictures instead to put there that are a completely different medium I am experimenting with. I took many of my reference photos for my paintings, converted them into Black and White photographs, double matted and framed them. The ones I choose for the gallery are all local scenery from Alachua to Payne's Prairie and under $50. It will be interesting to see how they do. The show's reception with be this Friday evening, Feb. 18, 6-9pm. I will be there a little late but it will be fun and exciting to get in on the beginning stages of a new art location. Here are a few samples of the photos I am showing at the gallery. The originals do not have any dates on them.