On November 19th - 20th you'll find me among 50 other local artists displaying during the annual Durham Art Walk Holiday Market. Hosted by the Durham Arts Council, this is an event with original art, fine crafts, live music and food. Artists will be exhibiting in booths outside of the Durham Arts Council, at 120 Morris Street, Durham, as well as inside the building around the galleries. You'll find me outside, not too far from the live music. Check out this beautiful interactive guide to find me, and other artists of interest.
This will be my second appearance at the juried market and I'll be bringing many of my small TeaScapes and Take a Seat series paintings, some original handpainted ARTaments featuring local spots, a small selection of TraillWorks yoga mats and throw pillows (which you can order on location if inventory runs out), and note cards, and a small number of limited edition giclée prints.
Due to managing my inventory, a limited number of prints, yoga mats, and throw pillows will be on hand. If you're local and coming to the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market, send me a note in your order and if I have the inventory we can arrange pickup that weekend. You can always order in advance for fulfillment in December. Shipping is available to people outside of Durham, NC, as well as local pickup in my studio.
If you plan on attending, send me an email so I know to look for you! Looks like the weather will be turning more seasonable, so dress warmly! Hoping for clear Carolina skies and good company.
September 27th I had the opportunity to exhibit my work in the 4th Annual Maplewood Art & Music Walk. It's the first time in several years that I set up a booth at an outdoor art fair. And, while I was a little rusty, I was thrilled with the results of my setup, the numbers of people who stopped by, and my sales. There are certainly some things that I might change, but I thought I'd take a minute to share my successes, which I've learned over many years of doing shows, as well as the failures. I'm still learning from my mistakes and will be brutally honest about what hasn't worked.
Before doing so, I have to thank my helpers: my husband, Lee, who gave up part of his Saturday to run errands for me and test-run my tent, and most of his Sunday to help me set up my exhibit and tear it down. My littlest helpers were my two sons, who despite sometimes being difficult to have on hand, were actually quite helpful. Joel, my 6-year old, helped put up the tent, velcro the walls, and hang signage. My 2.5 year old, mostly stayed put in his stroller (very helpful), then played with bungee cords with his brother (helpful while they were having fun, until the big bro knocked over the little bro on the sidewalk). I have to say it wasn't the most relaxing setup I've done, but they all really played a huge part in what you see above. Looking back, I wish I had the clarity to take some shots of them helping.
THE MUST HAVES:
Quality tent. My tent, made by E-Z Up, is over ten years old. It's their standard model with white vinyl sides. While it's been great, even outlasted a small tornado in Sparta years ago, some of the trusses couldn't handle the age of the tent and snapped at the end of its last use. FYI - E-Z Up sells replacement parts! So, for $48 (included shipping), I was able to replace two of the trusses which extended the life of my tent. I was able to place the order a few weeks prior to the show and repair it in advance. Hopefully I'll be doing more shows in the future, which made this a great investment.
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Sometimes called the Kitchen God's Artist, I'm balancing mothering two energetic sons, our new pup, Cider, while making and teaching art. TraillWorks is the apron under which I create and teach. My own art develops mostly in my home studio, but is often spurred through my teaching, and travels. I just relocated to Durham, NC, from West Orange, NJ, so my studio is in renovation right now.
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