Wish I had paid more attention to this show sooner. This was the 25th Annual Columbia Festival of the Arts, and I just discovered what a nice show it is! The art festival portion of the event was small and cozy, about 40 exhibitors with good quality art. The setting was lovely, the entertainment was lively, and the food vendors were a cut above most festival foods. I partook of a little too much, but how can you say no to a "crabby melt" which is a gooey, crab-filled, grilled cheese on sourdough sandwich? But what impressed me most was the corp of volunteers. This is one of those shows where you can't drive your car to your space. Which is not that unusual, that's why we artists come armed with dollies. However, I barely had to lift a finger to transport my display, because the volunteers did it for me! Throughout the show, the volunteers asked me at least once an hour if I needed to take a break. I felt pampered. And of course, I would not be praising a show if the sales had only been ok. This was a pottery-liking crowd and sales were very good! Here's a photo of the festival grounds along Lake Kittamaqundi, on Sunday morning before the show opened, when the first band is warming up and the crowd is starting to arrive.
Mea Rhee (mee-uh ree),
American Craft Exposition
Chicago Botanic Garden
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