Summer Update

Like all of us, summer is busy. So far I have done five art shows. My most recent one was this weekend at Chesterton, IN. I love this show, it is well run and the customers are fantastic along with fellow artists. Saturday started out great but the rains came and from two to five it just poured. We art fair artists take that chance and watch the weather a lot. Sunday again started a little rainy but people came out with their umbrellas. Since it is August we can have heat or rain and always hope for the best. Going forward we will have 6 more shows and it you would like to visit me my show schedule is on my website.

When I say we, I mean me and my husband. Since I have had the back fusion, I would not be able to do shows on my own. It has been a year and it has healed nicely but my balance is not what is used to be. I have spoken to others who had this surgery and was so comforted to know that they have the same problem. I was thinking that I needed to work harder at physical therapy, but not the case. Tom has just been fantastic to helping put up the tent, I feel very fortunate otherwise I wouldn’t be able to get out there and sell my art and spread the happiness.

This next weekend I will be at Bloomfest. It will have at least 130 vendors and artists. It is local for me and is one day, August 12th. I hope that you will be able to go, it is a fun show. Riverside Gardens is a wonderful venue.

Recently we went to Michigan on vacation and it was so very nice. We did some things but had quiet time at the beach for three days. It was a nicely busy beach, a lot of people to watch and I am going to show a few pictures.

With this picture I liked all the different umbrellas tilted every which way. Kids playing, people walking their dogs, all the boats coming in and out.

Sometimes there are tents and sometimes there is just a cooler and a towel.

This man just enjoying the sun.

This man was braving the 66-degree water. He wasn’t ready to take his shirt off yet.

He got out farther and ended up farther yet. Another day he did take his shirt off and got down to his neck two or three times.

One day we were in search of a new beach chair and just driving around. Here we came across the Cherry Bowl Drive in. We thought about going one night but decided that we didn’t want to stay up for the double feature. This is in Honor Michigan.

The big chair and the hot dog caught my attention. Pull in, I gotta take this picture!

The cow with the cherries, the patriotic rooster and half an Impala against the fence. I don’t know if the other half is on the other side.

We have our favorite eating establishments we always go to and look forward to it. It is just a nice easy vacation.

Other things we have done this summer was go to Foellinger outdoor theater and see, three 70’s groups in one night, The Box Tops, The Grass Roots and The Buckinghams, another night it was America. We had fun and will definitely do it again.

I have had some fabric for two to three years to make valances for our great room windows and finally got them done. They are very tall and it was too bright. It has made a big difference.

Like everybody, we had a couple of graduation parties to go to.

I finished a book on vacation, “Kristen Hannah – Summer Island”. I will do a book review on it later.

Three of my gal friends and myself have been trying to get together for arts and crafts every three months at a different home each time then, we go out to eat. That has been fun to catch up and see each other. One just retired so we like to hear what she has been up to and enjoying her time.

Another gal friend and her husband had come to visit her father, they live in Arizona and we got together for an evening.

We have a Detroit Tigers game coming up soon. On our way home from vacation we drove to Detroit, because we had to pick our seats at Little Caesars Arena because we have a 10 game season ticket package for the Red Wings. We also have season tickets for the Lions but they only play 8 home games and we don’t go to all of them, some of the tickets Tom sells. Those games will be starting in a couple months.

I keep painting, making cards, printing reproductions because I have to keep the inventory up. I have some new paintings on the easel now and will show when they are finished. Thanks for reading through to the end.

If you have any questions be sure to send it to me through the form below, I look forward to hearing from you.

Super Art Show

I just finished up a good art fair in Chesterton, Indiana this last weekend. It is held in Dogwood Park and that is a dream to set up in. It is flat, there is a lot of room between tents and behind to store extra inventory. We can drive our vehicles up to our spaces. The volunteers take care of the artists, with water and breaks, morning donuts and coffee. The customers were engaging and great to speak with, it was a great experience.
On top of that it is always nice to have booth neighbors that are fun too. Beside me was Cara, living around St. Louis now but was originally from Fort Wayne, who also was a painter but with a totally different kind of work. Then beside Cara was James who was a photographer, he drove up from Florida. Cara took this fun selfie of the three of us.
This is Cara’s work. I loved her skinny legged horses. She was a rider herself and owned two horses. I suggested that we trade prints and this is the one I chose. Click here for her website.
This customer bought two originals which is always thrilling. I happened to snap her picture with her eyes closed but we thought it humorous that the paintings match her clothes.
Then while going through the files looking for the above pictures I found a couple more that I wanted to share. This might have been on my birthday but I liked the picture with my oldest son Sam.
Then I had painted my friend Theresa’s house and gave it to her maybe 10 years ago. All of their bushes and trees have grown, they were pretty new in the picture. She got it framed recently and I just thought it looked really nice. She has a beautiful home.
Lastly, this weekend while I was gone the babies left and we are now empty nesters. I was sad that I didn’t get to see them go. As you can tell the nest was busting at the seams. Now we will take the nest down carefully and clean up there and put it back for next year. I am positive they will be back.

Upcoming Shows

This Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 I will be setting up my tent in Freimann Square for the Three Rivers Festival Art in the Park. The Address is 200 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN
Hours are Saturday 11:00 a.m till 7:00 p.m.
Sunday is 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
It looks like it will be dry and sunny weather.
I will have some new paintings for sale.
Then on Saturday and Sunday, August 3rd and 4th I will be at the Chesterton Art Fair in Chesterton Indiana. This is held at beautiful Dogwood Park, 457 S. Third Street, Chesterton, IN. The hours are Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Make a weekend of it and go to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Chesterton Art Fair, Satek Winery

Chesterton Art Fair was August 4th and 5th. The only bad thing I can say about it, was that it was HOT. Not their fault by any means. It was held in Dogwood Park which was a dream. We artists could drive up to our spots, unload as fast or slow as we wanted and could keep our vehicle with us until we were done. They had the best volunteers ever! Throughout the whole two day show they were there to booth sit, offer cold water and snacks, all the time, I never had to look for one. Pictured here is Barb, and she purchased my original 5 X 7 of “Flower Pot”. Thank you so much and enjoy.

The week before I start checking the weather to see what I might encounter. It originally said 76 for the high, that would have been heavenly! But not so, I think it topped out at a humid 92, with not a cloud in the sky nor a breeze for Saturday, Sunday was a little better with some breeze and clouds. I thank Ryobi for my two battery powered fans that last 8 hours on high. This lovely lady is Michelle, she purchased the 10 X 10 original of “That’s Life”. She is giving it as an anniversary gift to a relative with four children. Thank you for your purchase and may they love it for years to come.

This weekend on Saturday August 18th I will be at the Satek Winery in Fremont, Indiana. 6208 North Van Guilder Road.  It is a sweet, small show with 30 artists. It is held under the trees and as of right now the forecast is sunny and 80 degrees. I am keeping my fingers crossed for that, perfect weather. Come on over, buy some art, buy some wine, have lunch with Shig in Pit. You won’t be disappointed.

Chesterton Art Fair – August 4 & 5

Added another new venue where I will be selling my art. The Chesterton Art Fair on August 4 and 5 at Dogwood Park. On my homepage here I have all the information, address and website that you need to get there. You can also click here for the website and click here for the facebook page. Very excited, I have not been to Chesterton before.