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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review & Photos ShawneeFest Art & Wine Festival

This festival was last week-end I was one of the demonstrating artists and I would like to share my thoughts and experiences with you. As the day started we could tell the weather was perfect for a show in the park. The park itself was nice and grassy with plenty of shade.

 I took my usual outdoor set-up table and supplies. My Husband Steve is very good at helping customers while I paint and talk about what I am doing. Our good friends MJ & Gary showed up for support and to help out when we needed them too, that's a huge blessing. And Nani & Charlie Moore came for moral support, I am so fortunate, they even brought a group of friends with them. I enjoyed meeting everyone so much!

 I used a 4th of July theme, even the Uncle Sam's are handmade! Steve cut those out & I painted them a few years ago, we have sold several of those in the past, so many we got tired of cutting & painting them, lol! Here is a shot of the inside of the tent..
You can see Steve walking across at the back. It was sunny for a short time but as the sun got higher it got wonderful shade we had a super spot!
Here is a photo of my sweet neighbor Plain Jane( beautiful not plain) and her jewelry booth. We had fun together:)
Early folks like us the Pomona Winery didn't waste any time getting there & set up. Jayne Payne from Pomona Winery was just as lively as could be & cute as a button The Apple Wine? A+A+ so refreshing on a hot day:)
I got busy after the show opened so I didn't get photos of all the winery folks, two of my other favorites were there too, Shawnee Winery with DreamCatcher, the most fragrant ever! And Lincoln Heritage and their Water Tower White. All the wineries have many great selections, these are just my favorites.
Here are the three canvases I did while I was there,
 This is the one I was doing in the photo, I call it "Music in my Glass",the color is not showing well on the blog, it is much deeper & more rich.

Live Love Laugh, is a party in a bottle,it is a reflection of the joy I feel to be fortunate enough to follow my passion.

I have no title for this one although it is my favorite of the three, perhaps you would care to make a suggestion?

This was a new art show just the second or third year, and we were all disappointed the crowd was so slim. The other artists and winery folks were so friendly and upbeat it made the small attendance easier to accept with good grace.This is the first year the Chamber of Commerce in Murphysboro handled the show. I would like to think this was a learning experience for all of us, I have some suggestion to present to them about ways I feel we could improve, they are great people so I am sure they will be receptive. I would like to see this local event grow here in Southern Illinois. We have lots of terrific local wineries in this region, a lot a talented working artists that need a venue to show & sell the great work they do. This could be a beneficial event for all of us, right here in the heartland. 
I do plan to do this show again, I want my same booth spot too, I know next year will be great! I hope to see you there next year! Thanks for reading my blog:) Please leave a comment so I know you were here?


  1. I'm glad you had a great show. I don't usually like people watching me while I paint, so the few shows I did, I just sat and people watched. lol.

    1. I love painting with a crowd! I guess I am a natural ham:) The first time it was mentioned I was nervous, but when I start painting and answering question I am not a bit shy:)

  2. SOunds like you had a grand time with some great people!! I love watching artists create-it fascinates me endlessly. Especially painters since I can't paint.

    1. Lol! Teresa I would love to have you watch:) I talk when I paint anyway, it might as well be to a crowd!

  3. Thanks for showing us all that your talent allows you to do. I love the Uncle Sam cut outs. My college was in Uncle Sam's hometown, Troy, NY.

    1. Thanks John! I love my Uncle Sam's too, I doubt I will ever sell this pair, they make great display:)

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    1. I really did Kris! Instead of focusing on the negative I prefer to look for the silver lining, it was a wonderful day, I am truly blessed!

  5. Your booth looks great, so glad you enjoyed the show. It looks like it was a glorious day.

    1. Thanks Lisa! I appreciate the feedback about my booth. I try to tailor my set up and displays for the event, sometimes the weather outsmarts us all! This time it was very co-operative:)

  6. Wow, that looks like so much fun, Nancy....♥

  7. That looks like fun, but also alot of work.