This past weekend I attended the New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair, a prestigious juried show featuring only New Mexico artists and artisans. The show was in its 50th year, and as a first-time exhibitor, I had a great experience! This was the first year I used lights in my booth, courtesy of a good friend of ours who used to do shows all over the United States. I was only allowed 200 watts with my booth fee (and I didn’t purchase extra), so since we didn’t quite know what we were doing, we set up the light bar at the back of the booth. All weekend we thought of other light configurations, so I’m sure there will be some changes at the next show. This was also the first time I’ve used a rug in the booth. The lights and the rug make all the difference in presentation, I think, and I was very happy with my new Kell’s Creations banner.
I heard the crowds were down from previous years, and one experienced exhibitor said she thought the crowds were half what they usually are. But with over 220 booths, there was some amazing talent on display. Lots of jewelry (there always is), but it was wonderful to see the variety, and it was inspiring to see how each artist chose to display his or her creations. I was very flattered and excited to have my jewelry so well received. Of course I want to continue to try to stretch my vision and my abilities to make my work even more appealing and unique.
For this show I created several new pieces, some polymer clay and wire, some stones and gems embellished with wire, and some bronze and Precious Metal Clay pieces. One of my favorite new polymer clay and wire pieces sold before I could get a picture. But here is a photo of some of my new Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and dichroic glass pieces. The small one with the blue cubic zirconia stone sold, so now I’m going to be busy listing the other items for sale in my Etsy shop, and I will also be adding them to the shop here at my site, which I will be setting up very soon.
I’m looking forward to what should be an even better show in 2013. And now I turn my attention to creations for the next show I’m planning to send in my application to attend–the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, September 22 and 23.