Another Surtex has zipped by. The months of preparation and the excitement of the three days at the show is over. Now we are back in our studio and this is what we call “follow up” time. This is when we send artwork to clients we met with at the sh0w; schedule new art that was requested; enter new contacts into our data base and generally take an overview of how the show went.
I am going to do this post in two parts. The first is about our show experience, Part two will be about artist friends old and new who we saw at the show.
Although the show got off to a slow start on Sunday by Monday it got much busier and continued that way through the end of the show on Tuesday.
We’ve become a good team when it comes to putting the booth together.
We had two ipads with our complete portfolios to show to manufacturers. For those of y0u who are not familiar with the show this photo of Dennis with two customers from Unique shows the set up. Our booth is a 10′ x 10′ size booth. We’d love to have a corner booth since these have two sides open to the public. But that would mean moving from our “neighborhood of five booths” that we are happy with.
Our friend Tom Cathey came by and dropped off two days worth of fresh baked delicious cookies. Thank you Tom. Everyone raved about them.
Dawn Kirschner and Merry Cassino from Unique looking through our library of designs. We were glad that we had saved last year’s posters. It turned out there was an empty wall opposite us which we split up with our neighbors. Those are our cupcakes in the backbground,.
Lindy of the Lindy Bowman company, Rachel Katz, Kathy Lorczynski and Ellen Birckner his right hand gals.
We had a good meeting with Randy Fritz of Carsons Home Accents in charge of Flag production.
We saw many other manufacturers, but didn’t manage to get photos of them all.We thank them all for taking the time to meet with us.
I am also happy at how much more smoothly Dennis and I have become at working together. I had to let go of a lot of artist ego and realize that Dennis is a wonderful designer. My forte is watercolor. So now when we work together to create a design from one of my paintings I do the most minimal amount of art directing. In fact it is so much more relaxing. That’s one of the secrets too to a good companionable marriage. Lean on your partners strengths and vica versa. Let ego go.Not easy. but worth it when you succeed.
We were in the same little aisle as last year. Our neighborhood as we called it. Five booths with a cross aisle at either end.
I will be doing a part two to this post about the artists in our “neighborhood” and others throughout the show.
When we emerged on Monday the hibiscus in front of theJ avitts Center were all opened up. A lovely surprise and a hopeful sign.
We finished off the day by taking our gear home to the west village, feeding the cats who were happy to see us and having our ritual show closing and celebration. A beer and a burger at the White Horse Tavern.
Stay tuned for Part two of the Surtex show in which you will meet some of our fellow artists who exhibited.