The calendar marches on, and before you know it : American Craft Council Show St. Paul . . . THIS WEEKEND!

The word strikes both excitement and dread in the artist's heart . . .

what if no one comes?
what if I don't sell anything? 

 what if I sell everything? 

But it's always so much fun to see old friends and get to talk about art with new ones.
Once I'm there and set up, there's no place I'd rather be.

The only thing that would make it better 
is if all of YOU were going to be there as well!  

Actually, I'm flying solo on Friday while my trusty booth-hand takes a quick jaunt to New Jersey (for ONE of his two other actual jobs, bless his heart!), so if any of you would like to booth-sit around lunch time . . .
there's a free ticket in it for you . . .

Or just bring me lunch.  Something along the lines of the lunches Aunt Bee used to bring to the Mayberry courthouse for Andy and Barney would be just swell (art shows require a lot of energy).  They usually contained fried chicken AND sandwiches, as well as her famous pickles (of course) and some homemade cake or pie.  Did women used to do anything besides cook and wash clothes?

Well, they certainly weren't gallivanting around doing ART SHOWS.

(At least, the nice ones weren't.) Lucky me!

New to the St. Paul show will be my "Sky Songs" collection, which debuted in Chicago but hasn't seen the light of day since.  I'm excited to see what they'll look like hung in the black booth, because I wasn't happy with the way they looked on Chicago's white walls.

"Stay-at-Home Mom #3" also hasn't been to St. Paul,
and graciously agreed to hang around long enough to put in an appearance!

And although they never made it to a real photo shoot, I have these three new pieces framed up and ready to go.  I'm very pleased with the way they turned out:

 Photosynthesis, Susan M. Hinckley, 2010

 Handy Advice, Susan M. Hinckley, 2010

Vocabulary Lesson #116, Susan M. Hinckley, 2010

No polka dots?!  I know!  I have no explanation.

I hope you'll stop by if you're anywhere near the neighborhood -- I'm in a new location this year, booth #502, which just sounds lucky, doesn't it?  Of course it does.

If you don't find yourself in St. Paul this weekend, please visit my Happy Thought blog to say "hello" (no time off, even on show days!), and be sure to come back Monday for the fabulous Small Works Show Report, where I will regale you with tales of drama, triumph, and pathos.  Or at least regale you with tales of the silly things people say at art shows.

See you soon!


Amelia and Justin said...

I just LOVE the pieced borders on those two pieces...absolutely amazing.

Good luck. We are closer to St. Paul than we have been in a long time, and it makes me sad that we can't make it :( I would love to come booth-sit with you. We'll just have to wait for next year in Baltimore...

susan m hinckley said...

It's a date!

luanne said...

They all look great, those patchwork borders really pop against the white. Love the ebullient puppy!

Hope you have a fun and profitable show, wish I could come see it. Take some pics of your booth!

Daryl said...

We'll look after your trusty booth hand here in New Jersey. Good luck Susan!

Chelsea said...

I WANT PHOTOSYNTHESIS. i love that one more than maybe any other one ever. but i love the birds too. i love them all.

susan m hinckley said...

Thanks, Chelsea! I absolutely made it with you in mind -- you're the inspiration for that piece. In fact, if you wouldn't mind posing next to it in my booth I think that would be just lovely!

Thanks for the well-wishes, all. The booth is set up and tonight we'll hang the work . . . *gulp . . . here we go!

Christine M. said...

I saw your work at show and absolutely loved it! It reminded me of some of my earlier quilt pieces, prior to my adventure in paper crafting and scrapbooking..two very different mediums to say the least, but both offer ample opportunity for color combining and collage - passionate about both. I thought it a delightful experience to visit your booth - definitely one of my faves at show!

susan m hinckley said...

Thanks, Christine -- it was wonderful to have the opportunity to share my little wool works with everyone who was kind enough to spend a few moments with them. And double thanks for looking me up after the show!

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