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Glynnis Lessing Ceramics to be in the 57th Street Art Fair

June 7 & 8, 2014

Saturday: 11 am- 6 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

BOOTH 510

Free Admission!

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For directions and more information click on the 57th Street Art Fair link below:

The 57th Street Art Fair is a two-day outdoor celebration of the visual arts held in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, adjacent to the University of Chicago campus and the home of President Barack Obama.  

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Evanston Fountain Square Art Fair July 6 & 7

Come and see me in Booth #5 in beautiful downtown Evanston, Illinois, just a short hop from Chicago.

I will have lots of lovely new work for sale.dandelion bowl

For more information please check out the Fountain Square Website

here’s what they say:

Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago’s majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like “cosmopolitan” and “sophistication.”

The festival takes place in downtown Evanston, just steps from the eponymous Fountain Square. It also features a popular children’s art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food, and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.

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57th Street Art Fair

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Please come see me, Glynnis Lessing, in Booth #510 at the 57th Street Art Fair in the lovely Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago! Saturday June 1st, 11am -6 pm and Sunday June 2nd, 10am – 5 pm

for further information please go to the 57th Street Art Fair website

 

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Glynnis to be in Spirit of St. Croix Art Festival in Hudson Wisconsin Sept. 22 &23

This will be my last official Art Fair for the Summer; 2 days on the banks of the  beautiful St. Croix River

BOOTH 39

Lakefront Park, Hudson, WI
September 22nd – 23rd, 2012

September 22, 10:00 – 5:00
September 23, 11:00 – 4:00

 

Over 65 juried artists will gather in Hudson’s Lakefront Park for this two-day community event. The Artist Village will be open both days with some of the top artists from the region showcasing their work. Acoustic musicians will add to the atmosphere of fine art and food along with a marketplace of business vendors.

See the event’s website here: Spirit of St. Croix Days

hudsonwi.org/spirit-of-the-st-croix-art-festival/

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Krasl on the Bluff Art Fair in St. Joseph, Michigan

I am in booth number 145 at the Krasl on the Bluff Art Fair.

This has to be one of my very favorite events. What’s not to like? Beautiful views of the lake in lovely St. Joseph Michigan with nice people and great amenities as well as inspiring fellow artists. I hope to see you there!

Hours are Saturday, 10-6 and Sunday 10-5

Click here for more information, maps, etc.

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57th Street Art Fair

The 57th Street Art Fair is a wonderful long-running fair in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Illinois.

I will be in booth 510

for further information go to their website: http://www.57thstreetartfair.org/ 

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The Bucktown Art Fair

The Bucktown Art Fair

I will admit I was in a lousy mood for the early morning set-up on Saturday. Perhaps it was the nightmare- just before I woke- that someone stole our newly purchased (used)Mini-van loaded the night before with all the art fair stuff?

Everyone seemed a bit grumpy and “off” and I can only blame the humidity that lifted mid-afternoon. Or maybe Mercury finally moved all the way out of retro-grade- whatever that means. The artists were pretty much on their own for parking management made even more complicated because after 9 or so, stages and things began to be set up and routes became even more limited. I ended up parking on a nearby street despite free parking provided for the artists at a slightly farther away school.

I was assisted in unloading by a friendly and cheerful (and strong!) volunteer and that went a long way toward making me feel welcome and supported.

Check-in was not advertised and only the sight of other artists striding past with a plate full of muffins and bagels and a banana and a glass of OJ notified us of free food Saturday morning (only). When I checked at the info booth, I was given a small info packet and (best!!) a free little black apron with pockets. What a useful freebie! Thank you Bucktown!

At any rate, I was ready for my uneven site, having scoped it out a few days before. We brought a few bricks and boards to level things out as well as the shims that we always carry; but I was still feeling sorry for myself until I saw what other artists had to contend with and I had lots of shade! If you get a spot in the park, come prepared for very uneven spots. The guy next to us moved because his site had a lot of really bad tree roots sticking up-I think I’d be most worried about customers tripping on them!

This left us alone on our little hill and I have to say, I think the booth looked great with the galvanized tin gleaming in the sun.

The fair opened at 11 which seemed luxurious in light of the morning set-up. We had arrived about 7 :40 and were all set by 10. However, I did not make my firs sale until 1:30 so I was relieved to find that this seems to be a fair that just doesn’t get cooking until late afternoon.

This is a NOISY art fair and is also packed with kids and dogs. There are a lot of really terrific shows for the kids and also a kid’s activity tent where my son spent most of his time. When he wasn’t there, he was constructing this.There is also a great playground and a city pool- though I didn’t notice if they closed that for the fair. If you have kids, this is a terrific fair to keep them happy- it’s also very contained so they are less likely to get lost or go far.

 

My ponderings as I waited to sell anything and then as I waited to “break even” was: perhaps not every fair is the right fair for me even if I get in. Maybe this is too young a crowd; do they want trendy? Or are they just wandering around looking at stuff to entertain themselves. No one was carrying any purchases- this is something artists look for. If someone drags a bunch of bags into your booth, you feel optimistic!

Then, after people began to buy things I decided that my best work always sells. When I mentioned this to my husband, he asked me what percentage of my work is my best work I guessed perhaps 30% of what I create? Don’t get me wrong- and you artists know this; the work I put out is all “good”. It’s technically sound and attractive but there are always those pieces that, when you pull them out of the kiln, you say, “ah, that’s a nice one.” You might even be tempted to keep it- some, the very best, you do. You can’t quite bear to let them go. We know which pieces those are.

At any rate, my day picked up so that by the 7 o’clock closing time, I was relieved and felt I had not made a mistake in participating in what I think, is a lovely little fair.

The next day, again, I did not make a sale until well after noon and, this being my last fair, I put out everything in my bins. I wanted to just get rid of it! Surprisingly, I sold a lot of older work- one vase I was so sick of, I just gave it away with the purchase of a larger vase. It was a great day and this turned out to be a terrific fair- definitely the RIGHT fair for me!

The day ended at 7 again although sales ended about 6 pm. And  the load-out in the dark kind of  sucked. Every one was tired and there was even less space (tents and stages still up) and less traffic management. Thank goodness for the van! I cannot imagine slipping in and out of there with anything larger!

Other drawbacks to this fair was that we were positioned precisely where we could hear the kid’s shows (and taped music) at exactly the same volume as we were hearing performances on the main-stage. I went home with a sore throat from having to raise my voice to be heard by friends and customers. I also think that much noise is tiring although I did find it energizing when we were packing up!

Lastly, the hike to the porta-potties was almost painful and  time-consuming and then, at the end of the day, no TP was adding insult to injury. Clearly I’ve been spoiled in the past (most notably by Krasl).

 

As for artists I liked, I am loving Neil Estrick’s  skilled throwing, beautiful cone 6 glazes and graceful gourd shapes. Also a shout-out to my many Lill Street compadres who all seemed to be doing well at this show.

On the way out, I saw this incredible booth but never saw what he was selling!? In looking at the map and people’s website, I think it might be Keith Skogstrum but I can’t say for sure.

All in all I think it was a great fair- if you participate, bear in mind it could be a late-starting crowd.

 

Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 10:18 am.

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The Powderhorn Park Art Fair 2011

Well, Hello and here I am blogging about yet another art fair and this one went really wonderfully!

The first thing you should know about this fair is that the load-in (and load out) for me and really, for most of the other artists, is incredibly easy.

You drive along a paved road that runs around the lake and there is just a whole lot of room to park. I had a U-Haul™ 4×8 trailer again and those are a bit unwieldy and I just pulled in, going in a big U in front of my area. For load out, I actually BACKED IN! I’m so proud of myself. Then we unloaded everything, set up and drove to our accommodations (free since we have lots of relatives here). The next day we parked up the hill from our spot- in this case on 10th Ave. and just walked down to the tent. The weather was a bit warm the first day but sales were good.

My thing at the Powderhorn is that I have family in Minnesota; I went to high school an hour away and I went to college here so it’s a great time and place to have people stop by. I was visited by 2 high school friends , 4 old college friends (and wives or children) and lots of family. We actually set up an extra tent (and chairs) out back for shade.

My 11 year old son set up the “easy-down” (as he heard someone call them) all by himself and dubbed it the “Relative Relaxation Room”. It was good because it kept the display tent clear and available and everyone was in the shade. My only problem was paying enough attention to actual customers!

I continue to get a lot of compliments on the display. It’s no secret- Ikea.

 

Sunday was glorious weather and people were in a good mood. Even the wildlife is exciting and entertaining. My son caught a couple of toads (released into the pond) a butterfly hung out with us for all of Sunday morning; the ducks geese and cormorants kept the pond interesting. The only drawback to that is the ground is a little… well…

ew.

I did manage to walk around the entire fair and was impressed with a Jeweler from Tallahassee, Florida: Zee Galliano (http://zeegalliano.com/) had some really cool stuff.

 

This year the awards were heralded by four stilt-walkers. My friend said he couldn’t bear to watch. I reassured him that they had all trained by putting up dry-wall for years. He said there used to be twice that number in the herd.

I do have to complain about the Judging because I didn’t win- what can I say? I’m biased.

Aside from that, this is a wonderful fair, great music, for a good cause in a great area.

the volunteers were also helpful and friendly. We had one visitor who was unable to walk far and they simply brought her to the tent in one of the golf carts.

 

 

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The Kohler Midsummer Festival of the Arts 2011

 
We were looking forward to the Kohler Midsummer Festival of the Arts  although I will say, after Krasl last week, it would have been hard to beat. And similar to last week, not much to tell. But for those of you resarching the Kohler I will elucidate… or is it expound?

Load-in was very easy as was check in. They have a lot of very nice and helpful volunteers. We had the same spot as last year; a shady spot in front of the school.

After set up we went to the fabulous restaurant we went to last year, Il Retrovo. YUM. Unbelievably good wood fired pizza and then, truly heavenly Sea salt caramel gelato. Wow.

Back at the hotel,we thrilled to the Tour de France.

The next day I put out all the pots and I have to say, I think the booth looked really good.

I thought the day started very auspiciously when I sold my biggest showpiece, a large Octopus platter, first; but the foot traffic was low and my sales sporadic.

We also found out that our Square™ couldn’t be used because we had no reception! Luckily I still have my credit card service until the end of this month. I will have to look into how to process the cards without reception.

I had some nice people come in and look around. They were an educated group. Most of them knew what slip is and I had some good chats about technique. My son was obsessed with a nearby booth, clever and lovely puzzles by William Waite. He spent a good part of the fair over there trying to solve all the puzzles.

Saturday night we were all fed good food and awards were given. Compatriots, Judy Zeddes (print) and Sarah Chapman (jewelry) both won awards! We sat with another couple who had a pottery booth.  I had a lovely chat with Joel Huntley and Debra Huntley who makes terrific early-American inspired work. He has been making pots for 27 years and is going to sell his Pottery (the business) in Columbus Wisconsin. Is anyone interested?

After the dinner, we all walked around the museum. This is an excellent museum. Their exhibits are really thought provoking and well, good. The museum is the big treat of the weekend. That and the bathrooms. I never got tired of the bathrooms.

We all hoped for a better day on Sunday although we knew it would be hotter.

Sadly, it was worse; even though the heat was never too bad at all- every once in a while, we got a lovely cooling breeze from the nearby lake.

Sunday was disheartening because we heard things like:

“There’s a wallet store over here.”

“Naw, I’ll just order something online.”

I wish that people understood the huge amount of work that goes into the art fair. It’s not just making the work all week; but also loading the vehicle, the drive, the unloading and set up, the selling all weekend; being cheerful and informative, the take down, the long drive home and then unloading. It seems, for most of the artists at the fair, a labor of love. A choice to do this so that they can keep on with the pleasure of making the things they love to make. Still, we do like to have the work acknowledged. Clearly, we’re not doing it for the money!

There’s just so much STUFF in the world now!  Everyone is decluttering- a concept, I’m sure, that didn’t exist until after 1975. Until then, stuff was hard to come by. Now, machine-made goods have filled our houses, perverted our aesthetics,  devalued our work and numbed the public to what it takes to handmake things.  It’s alittle soul killing to have someone walk in to the booth and whine, “I have so much stuff.”  Yes!  I know! We all do! But I am a maker of stuff. I don’t know what to do – how to resolve the pull between wanting to make stuff and knowing there is  (and having) too much stuff!

So after that rant, I want to thank those many many people who do get it. Who love the scale and imperfections of hand-made things. Who appreciate the creativity and skill and who want to live with these things every day.

Another interesting set of work was by  John Woodhouse.  Judy put it perfectly when she called his beautiful wall Barns “Fine Craft”. I could look at those all day and I don’t think he sold a one.

Now I don’t want to badmouth the Kohler art fair. They do a fantastic job- it’s a great fair but for some reason their circulation was down.

This left me crabby by take-down but it went very smoothly.

The really exciting part of this whole story is that, about 30 minutes from home, at 9 pm, our car had a blow out on the highway. After making it safely to the side, we actually changed the tire ourselves. The spare had almost no air in it so I had to leave Juan and the trailer and all our stuff sitting there on the side of the expressway and went to find a gas station where I made sure I got my 50¢ worth and inflated all the tires and went back.  And then yes, we still had to unload and I had to return the trailer. Needless to say, we were beyond tired by the time we got to bed.

 


 

 


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Krasl on the Bluff 2011

This past weekend, (July 9 & 10) I participated in Krasl Art Center’s Art on the Bluff in beautiful St. Joseph, Michigan.

As J.R.R. Tolkien writes in the The Hobbit,

“Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to….”

And I’m afraid that’s the case with the Krasl Art Fair this year. It went so smoothly that there’s not much to tell that won’t sound like bragging.

I rented a 4×8 trailer which has the advantage of being light enough, even loaded, to maneuver by hand when you can’t back it into a small space.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about the actual fair organization. Every year they find ways to make it even better! Food, activities, notices; this is the BEST fair.

We had both kids with us so set up went quickly and smoothly- everyone had their assigned tasks. We were very happy to see our long-time neighbors returning and also to meet a few new people.

I was especially excited about the work of Teresa Wooden of Stone Forest Pottery  . Once you see her work, you will understand why I like it so much.

After we had zipped down the last flap of our tent, we all walked down to the Compass Rose Fountain and proceeded to cool off.

Back to the tent to change and then off to dinner. Here’s where we became unhappy.

We were FAMISHED and went to Schu’s, a restaurant we knew had good food- PLUS they were a sponsor of the fair. We agreed to wait the 15-20 minutes because we knew the food would be good .
After about 30 minutes I went in and got a menu and we picked out what we would order so as to be REALLY READY.

After 40 minutes I went in to check on our place in the queue and noted that on the list around our names, everyone else’s names had already been crossed off- the hostess confessed she had not written down our buzzer number and so that is why we saw many people who had arrived after us seated  already.

FINE. Five minutes later we were seated and would not let our waitress walk away from us before we’d ordered. After 45 minutes had gone by, and we noted people (who had arrived after us) eating and finishing, we flagged down our waitress and asked how’s our order? She checked and said it would be a “couple of minutes”. 15 minutes later I was asking for the manager and seething at him and then telling him I would probably not be QUITE so worked up if I weren’t SO hungry! He said he would “adjust our bill” and send over desert menus, with the implication he would comp desert. The food arrived while I was talking to him.

The food was excellent. The crème brulee was to die for BUT he only comp’ed the deserts and proceeded to charge me 22$ for a pork chop that was listed at 19$.AND I didn’t get the 10% off -artist discount they advertised.  So we won’t be returning there.

The next day dawned bright and beautiful. Everyone worked together and we got set up quickly.

Then people began walking through the fair and my Saturday morning sales were unusually good. This is the kind of fair where usually patrons walk through once or even twice and then purchase but many bought in the morning and several people returned to my tent to buy something only to find it gone. I’ve even offered to set things aside and certainly I always hold bags for pickup later. I feel terrible when this happens but of course everything I make is very one-of-a-kind.

After the fair shut down for the day, we went to the beach for a picnic and sunset. I find watching the sun set over Lake Michigan a huge luxury since we can only watch it rise over the lake here.

Sunday was predicted to be hotter so I did a bit of walking around first thing in the morning. I was very pleased to see Chris Dahlquist was in the fair this year with her luminous paintings. And she’s working even larger now. Amazing landscapes and clouds.

While I was working at the booth, my children were having a fabulous time.As much as he loves the other art fairs, Krasl is my son’s favorite. To start with there’s the fountain; then there’s a carousel*, a kid’s museum and for artists’ children, free art activities all weekend long; and let’s not forget the GIANT LOG OF FUDGE!

 

* The woman who checked me even gave me a token for the carousel!

My location was what saved me from the heat on Sunday. I was in the shade and there was a very cool breeze coming off the lake that blew on me the whole day. This was a real blessing because I did not wilt.

Again, boring story, take down went smoothly and we had no bad traffic coming home!

A big thank you to all the folks that bought from me and a reminder to everyone that my FaceBook Fan page (https://www.facebook.com/GlynnisCeramics

is where I post all my latest photos and Fair schedule notices. Consider becoming a fan today by “liking” my page!

 

 

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