Boardwalk- Virginia Beach

As I'm finally writing this post about our trip to Virginia Beach, we are one month away from Tomato Fest in Nashville, TN. We're looking for fall and holiday shows and planning next year's calendar too. There is really no down time in this business, but oh, we got to go to the beach and what a WONDERFUL trip it was. 

   We left after work on Wednesday and arrived about 10:30pm. The friends we stayed with are truly the most gracious and fun hosts. We became instant good friends in person instead of online friends and I'm so thankful for that. It was an easy and comfortable connection and we had a great time staying there. 

   Set up was different because we didn't have all the space behind us to spread out but we did have a view of the beach. Thursday and Friday sales were slow, but they picked up and David met some enthusiastic people who seemed to appreciate his work. It was a good weekend and we hope to do it again. 

    It was a much-needed vacation and a good show. Couldn't ask for better than that. Enjoy the photos and check back for posts about ART for a change :) 

 

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Cinnabon to kick the trip off

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East Tennessee

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North Carolina

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I don't even know. Looked cool and creeped me out

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One block of a 15 block festival

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Panorama

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Our view from our room

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Part of a hardcore Twentyheads collection

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From my chair in the booth- best festival view ever

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Final shot taken from the parking garage as we headed home  

 

Thanks for reading~~ 

Elisabeth

Butchertown to Beach

   We had a GREAT time at the Butchertown Art Fair. Weather was perfect, crowd was good and we enjoyed our time in one of our favorite cities. To be honest, life has been so crazy that the whole trip feels like a blur. This was supposed to be our last show until August so we came home, unpacked and tried to settle back into our regular routine. We had all kinds of house cleaning and maintenance projects planned, hiking, swimming and relaxing....and then the phone rang.

   After 5 years of wishing and applying and being wait listed, David was pulled off the waiting list for Virginia Beach. This call came on Saturday in the middle of one of those "DECLUTTER THE WHOLE HOUSE" sessions. Of course, he said yes. And then we started scrambling to rearrange things- work, social plans, Father's Day plans, kennel, cat sitting. When a trip to the beach calls, you make it happen! 

   So as I'm writing this, we are on our way to Virginia Beach for the Boardwalk Art Show. It starts tomorrow and we are 2 hours into a 10 hour drive. Our booth will be backed up to sand, we're staying with friends (Hi, Friends. Thank you ♡) and next month we celebrate 25 years of being married. It's gonna be an epic weekend.

   Until I blog this trip, enjoy the photos from Louisville.  

 

 

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Lower Town 2017

   After Panoply, I didn't think a festival could get any better. Lower Town proved me wrong. Every part of this festival was well-organized and also (this is very unusual) RELAXING. 

   Paducah, KY is a 3 1/2 hour drive for us so in deciding when to leave here, we had to juggle a few things. When we realized there was a community potluck dinner for artists Thursday evening at 6:30, we knew we'd be leaving right after I got off work at 1pm. Before I had a job and David went to work every day, the day before a trip was me getting clothes together, bathing dogs, packing up. This time, I went to work and when David picked me up the truck was packed and every other thing was done. He did a great job with everything from cleaning the house and dogs :) to getting food together for us. So at 1pm, we got on the road.

    The plan was to get there early enough so we could meet our home stay host. This was new for us too, but we had had email communication already so it wasn't meeting a TOTAL stranger. We got to Paducah early enough to stop at Walmart and buy her some flowers, then find her home. Turns out we had a little communication issue and she wasn't home when we got there so we went to the potluck first, and it was wonderful. When we did finally meet her, it was instantly like just being at home. We had so much in common, she and her home were completely warm and inviting. We were so relaxed and had amazing conversation. I think we all feel that we've become friends and will stay in touch. It set the tone for the weekend, for sure.

We set up Friday morning after a leisurely breakfast our host prepared for us. The weather was cool and we were able to park directly on the street where our booth was. It went smoothly and we had a chance to walk around. Lower Town is an area of old beautiful houses and lots of artists that moved there with the Artist Relocation Program. It's charming and friendly. The festival started at 3pm and sales were very slow until after the evening crowd showed up, at which time it picked up and went strong until late in the evening. There was also a judge that came around to decide the awards. David was given an Award of Merit (announced Saturday morning) and this was another honor for him. We were provided a boxed dinner and regular water refills in the water bottle they gave us. We also had a hospitality suite in a gorgeous old house, and there was always hot coffee, ice cold water, plenty of snacks and luxury bathrooms. Much better than the port a potties we sometimes have. 

   We got back to our host house at 11pm or so and caught up with her. She's very supportive of art and was encouraging. In the morning, she made breakfast again and sent us off with a prayer and well-wishes for good sales and weather. And we got both! This festival was a combination of everything we've loved at other festivals. We tore down Sunday morning after a restful night. They encourage artists to stay until Sunday and have a leisurely tear down, and the hospitality suite stays open so we took their advice. Then we drove down to the river before heading home.  

    The festival was really good. From the layout, to the other artists, sales, musical performances on the main stage right across from us,  weather...everything was top-notch. There was a 60% chance of thunderstorms for MUCH of the weekend and we had one small rain shower. That is unbelievable to me. It was all just a really good weekend and we hope to return. Something about Kentucky! I hope that continues in 2 weeks when we do Butchertown in Louisville. 

 

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Presbyterian Church we passed on the walk to our spot  

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There were FOUR after parties this weekend. We didn't attend, but they definitely like to keep the fun going. 

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This was behind us. Awesome neighborhood and friendly residents. 

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I want to live in this apartment building  

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This was where the headquarters were set up  

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Hospitality suite for artists  

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View of the main stage from in front of our booth 

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Mural on flood wall. Each panel tells a different part of Paducah history. 

 

Thanks for reading :) 

Elisabeth  

Headed to Paducah, KY

We're doing the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival this weekend. Tonight is a big potluck dinner the community holds for the artists. We're so excited to be part of another event we haven't done before. I'll post about our weekend later!

Elisabeth  

 

Panoply 2017

If I took all the praise and every word of positivity, it wouldn't be enough to describe the experience of Panoply in Huntsville, AL. I'll try to tell the story and do this festival justice.

It seems that our festivals fall into a pattern: short drive= one day show. Medium drive=two day show. A day of driving=three day show. So, it was really strange to be packing for a three day show and only have a two hour drive.  

We left Friday morning around 8am, to make sure we could arrive for our 11am set up time with time to spare. Panoply assigns set up time, so people aren't all trying to drive up and unload at the same time. We had an easy Tennessee/Alabama highway drive  (that looked just like driving to Kentucky) and before we knew it, we were there! We had time to find our hotel and the festival check in area and we ended up sitting for a few minutes in the post office parking lot until it was our time slot. 

Check in was quick and friendly. We were given directions to our spot, drove straight to it and right away met one of our friendly neighbors who gave us some great pointers. Set up went flawlessly and our view was a park with a beautiful lake, and the Huntsville Museum of Art was on the other side. The sound system played different types of music and the weather was PERFECT. When I opened our check-in packet, I discovered a sheet detailing what the Artist Hospitality tent would be providing. This festival treats artists unbelievably well. This was also the second time this year that I've been given a lanyard with a badge on it so I feel official :)

We learned of Panoply from someone we met when we did Bell Buckle. He has since become a collector and even more than that, a friend. He called David Friday afternoon and offered to take us for lunch. We had a wonderful time visiting with him at a really cool restaurant. We even had time to see his amazing office space. You know who you are and again, thank you :) 

Friday night passed easily with enthusiastic visitors but slow sales. I tend to gauge a show not just by money exchanging hands but by the response. Positive and inquisitive responses are encouraging and often bring sales and commissions later. It isn't all about sales, obviously, but this is a business and sales are important. A show with little positive response and no sales is a clear sign that this area is just not our market and we generally mark that off our list for the next year. Huntsville was welcoming and we looked forward to Saturday. 

After a mostly restful night and a great breakfast, we arrived to a day of record heat. We were prepared with washcloths in ice water, sunscreen and a commitment to staying hydrated. I made MANY visits to the hospitality tent for water refills and snacks. Sales were a bit better, but the wind was TERRIBLE. We faced strong gusts and even worse, the realization that our tent and shelves were slowly but definitely being shifted down the street. We had space on both sides of our booth where we were catching strong winds. David felt sure that we needed to tear everything down, and set back up right beside our neighbor. This would close the gap that the organizers had left there, thus eliminating one side where the wind was catching our tent. We frantically started pulling work down, much to the confusion of the festival guests and artists around us. We told everyone that stopped by what we were doing. One artist later told us she thought we had a family emergency and were leaving. We were halfway through tearing down when some volunteers stopped by. They made sure we were ok and then said, "Well, we have some good news for you". They then awarded David "Best of Show". It was an amazing moment and gave us both renewed energy. 

The heat broke, the wind died down, our booth was stable and now we had a beautiful award hanging from our tent. This award brought new attention, including gallery owners and the news station. David gave an interview and we enjoyed the rest of our evening with our friend hanging out with us. I even did something I've never done- went and bought us expensive celebratory beers.  

The news crew showed back up after closing to do their live intro so we stood on the completely dark street with our booth fully lit up so they could get the footage they needed. Then we ended our exhausting but awesome day. 

When we arrived Sunday, our tent was almost collapsed. The weather report wasn't looking good and they gave us the option to tear down. We decided to pack up and by the time we got started tearing down, they announced that they were closing the artists' section anyway. When we were driving home, we got the text that the whole festival was closing at 2pm. 

In my opinion, this was the best show for us in every way except dollar amount of sales on site. Every part was easy and pleasant. We were taken care of, the people were interested, the setting was gorgeous, the other artists were friendly. We had a great parking spot a short walk away and our hotel was less than a mile down the road. We loved Panoply and appreciate the organizers and volunteers more than I can ever express. They truly value those they invite to participate. We felt that we were part of something special. This illustrates the spirit of Panoply- the artist beside us lost his tent to wind. The woman across from us wasn't feeling well and in the middle of it all, decided she wants to retire from doing shows. So she and her husband GAVE the man beside us their entire tent set up. He said, "Things like this don't happen to me". It was heartwarming and we were all very touched.

 Thanks for reading and here are all the photos I managed to take. Sunday was supposed to be my photo day.  

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This is beyond amazing and really rare, in our experience. And when we left Sunday, they insisted I take a cup and fill it with pastries for the drive. 

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The view from our table at The Toy Box. Nerd restaurant with amazing food ;) 

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Painted on the drink cooler  

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Sitting in the grass, trying out panorama

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The colors were projected and flashed up the building  

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Even more beautiful at night. The park was recently renovated, just in time for this beloved community festival. This was the 35th year! 

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Scott Sheahan (news anchor for a local station) preparing for the intro. And doing something cheesy :) I enjoyed watching this process and knowing none of it involved me. 

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This is called "40 mph wind gusts are coming: A Still Life" 

As always, thanks for reading!

Elisabeth  

Greetings from Gorgeous Dallas, Texas

**So sorry for the delay. ** 

Deep Ellum Arts Festival  2017

   We're in Dallas for our 10th time. As I'm beginning this post, it's 3:15pm Friday and the crowd is picking up. When we first started coming here, the festival opened at 5pm on Friday, but for their 20th anniversary, they opened by noon Friday and have done it ever since. 

   The weather is perfect and the crowd is warm and enthusiastic, as always. It's all so familiar, yet different in a few ways (here without our kids, driving a truck, we set up Thursday instead of Friday). There are artists here we've never seen before and I have to say, this festival gets better every year.  

    We're enjoying our new booth design that gives us a space behind the shelves to keep our food, personal belongings and chairs. I've built a little cubby world back here for my books and yogurt :) 

   I'm now writing on Tuesday morning. The festival seemed to have a record turnout and we had a great time. The wind was AWFUL Saturday, with 30 mph gusts, so we spent hours holding onto the tent legs for extra weight. It was a little stressful, but we had our usual good crowd, including one man who helped hold the tent! 

I don't have many photos of Dallas or of the festival, but below you can see the ones I did take. 

I was lucky enough to get to meet an online friend in person finally and we went to Twisted Root for lunch. The festival has moved down away from the business area of Deep Ellum so it was quite a walk. But so worth it to visit and be back at one of our favorite restaurants. David and I also had breakfast and dinner at AllGood Cafe. It was EXCELLENT. Without kids with us, we skipped all festival food and chose to eat real meals instead. It was a nice change.

  Doing this festival is no longer new. We know exactly what to expect. The crowds this year were record, it seemed to me. The whole street was PACKED. Dallas always comes out in full force for Deep Ellum and we certainly appreciate that.  

As I finish this blog post, we are 3 days away from going to Huntsville, AL for the Panoply festival. Check back for more info on that.

Thanks for reading- 

Elisabeth  

 

 

    

 

Taken during a 30 minute traffic delay

Taken during a 30 minute traffic delay

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Love the dogs of Dallas

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This year, we stayed in a hotel where my brother was staying. Unbelievable view.

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This is called "Oops, we forgot an extension cord and have to go for a nighttime walk to CVS to buy one" 

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Before it started. We're really happy with the new set up. It gives us some space back to the right for all our (my) stuff we bring. 

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KISS was a huge hit this year

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Sunny festival days in Dallas are some of my happiest memories  

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30 mph wind gusts mean we break the tent down each night  

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This is George. He belongs to my brother and his family. He's my new favorite dog ♡ 

Thanks, Dallas. We had a great time.

Dallas, We'll See You Tomorrow!!

It's been months of intense preparation, but we're almost there (there, meaning our trip. We still have a 12 hour drive). We're setting up Thursday instead of early Friday morning. That's new for us. We're so excited to be back for the 10th time!! Hope to see some of you there. 

Elisabeth  

Almost There

Last 3 boxes and a big cat

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Boxes are now finished. We went to the river in town in our new truck and had a business meeting, mapping out the next two weeks. In three weeks, we will be in (hopefully) sunny Dallas. It's always been our biggest festival and we're so thankful to be there for the 10th time!! Can't wait to see old friends and make new ones. See family, eat Twisted Root burgers and enjoy the sunshine. 

This is our first time going without either of our kids and that's sad. They were my trip buddies and we would always go to the Farmers Market and find other stuff to get into. New chapter, though.  

Thanks for reading-- 

Elisabeth  

In the Thick of It

Life is beyond crazy. 3 weeks ago, our van died on my way to work. I was right beside a parking lot and there was a huge storm coming. I managed to pull in with no problem, called my friend and went across the street to a lumber yard/ supply store just as the tornado siren went off in the town I was heading to for work. I stood awkwardly in the front of the store, while the employees and other men discussed the wind, Trump's speech the night before and various other topics. The sky was black and wood started blowing off the stacks. When it all died down, my friend picked me up and I went home so we could come up with a vehicle plan. 

That van has been our family vehicle and festival vehicle for 10 years. We knew we would need something with the same amount of cargo space and we didn't want another minivan. We settled on a truck and started the long exhausting process of vehicle shopping. First we rented a little car for the week. We drove to KY the following Monday to look at a truck and it didn't work out. I went to work the next day and David continued the search with his brother's help. A week later, we had our truck!

We lost a week of precious work time and knew this would mean doubling down to catch up. So here we are 3 weeks from our trip to Dallas, with a smaller show in 2 weeks. Our days now start at 6:30am and end at 9pm or so. If I'm not at work, I'm at home working on my side job or gluing paper in boxes to take some of the work load off David. It's the only thing I can contribute to the process.  

In the meantime, we got wait listed for the show in Virginia Beach and have applied to one in Louisville, KY in June. Another application closes soon. It's all a whirlwind at this point. We're making it happen and know it will all pay off. But boy, we're tired right now.  

We hope to see some of you at upcoming festivals! It makes it all worthwhile to get to travel and meet people who become friends.   

Thanks for reading! 

~~Elisabeth  

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Sorry for the Silence

   I had such high hopes for keeping on top of this blog. It works when we're traveling and I'm photographing our festivals and telling the stories. When we're home and life feels like everything is 100 miles per hour, it's harder for me.

    It's almost been a year since David went full-time with his art. It's been a year since I went to work part-time. The past year has been a blur between our youngest graduating, moving out, starting college. Then our oldest moved to another city and we've been accepted into more shows than we've ever done before. Now we have just over a month until we have our first show of the year and things are HECTIC around here!  

   We're waiting to hear back from a show we've dreamed of doing for a few years now. Last time we applied, we were wait listed. If we get in, not only will it be a fantastic business opportunity, but will also serve as a much-needed beach vacation so we are anxiously awaiting the jury's decision. Fingers crossed. If we aren't accepted, we have another backup show we are applying for and it is a in a really cool area. Not the beach, but somewhere we've wanted to visit.  

     I'm no longer making any promises about how often I'm going to blog. There's too much going on here and I know I can't commit to a certain frequency. But I hope to see some of you at upcoming shows! We're excited to get back to Dallas and to visit these new places we have on our calendar.  

   Thanks for reading~~ 

Elisabeth  

Sometimes, Love Finds You

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This little girl showed up on our porch last Sunday. She was matted, dirty, scared and very persistent. She scratched on our door for a LONG time. We looked at each other, both hoping she belonged to someone and would run back home. But of course she didn't. She was like someone in a horror movie that runs onto a porch, yelling for help. And we knew.....we knew we would bring her in, give her a bath, fix what we could.  

   David spent 3 hours on her mats, trimming and clipping and shaving. He bathed her twice to make sure all the fleas are gone. The whole time, I was on my phone posting her photos and story in the area animal rescue group, hoping someone would say, "That's my dog I lost last year!" I got a lot of advice and offers to groom her for free, or foster her if necessary. One woman wanted her as her pet, but her husband wasn't on board. So, she's still here and her little personality is shining through. 

    This isn't a story to pat ourselves on the back. It's just a story to say that sometimes you aren't looking for more work or responsibility. But they find you anyway attached to an opportunity to end suffering that is right in front of you. It's a creature saying, "See me, help me, love me" just as clearly as if it spoke the words out loud. How do you say no? Yes, it's more work. It isn't a good time, there's too much going on, there isn't extra money. But when that little matted animal with horribly decayed teeth is now clean, trimmed, on medicine and curled up under a warm blanket asleep....the rest doesn't matter. We aren't always looking for love, but sometimes it's looking for us. 

~~Elisabeth  

P.S. We aren't keeping her. My best friend saw her picture on Facebook and said she hasn't stopped thinking about this dog. Her daughter has been wanting a dog and I have a feeling we may have just been the connection these two needed to find each other. 

2017- So Far

  As I've mentioned before, we've been tweaking our festival calendar for months now. This involves researching the show, the area, if it's a good a fit for us, how much travel time and how it fits in our big picture. After we choose the shows we think would work, there's the application deadline, the notification deadline and the payment deadline. We know we won't get in to every show just because WE think it would work, so we also have backup plans in place so we aren't stuck with no shows at all. Recently, notifications started coming in and our first shows are confirmed. So, here is our 2017 schedule and brief show description, so far:

**April 1-- Crafty Nashville  

"Crafty Nashville's Spring Arts & Crafts Market will be hosted at Track One, 1209 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210 on April 1st, from 10am-5pm. We will be supporting the  Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN, by accepting donations in the form of food (list of accepted foods will be posted soon), or funds. Bins will be set up at the venue for you to bring in and donate food items in support of this great cause. There will be nearly 100 artisans & crafters to shop from. Live Music. Food Trucks. Free Kidz Korner activities such as face painting, story time, balloon animals, etc. Come enjoy yourself all while supporting local!"  --craftynashville.wixsite.com

 **April 7-9 Deep Ellum Arts Festival (Dallas, TX) This is our 10th YEAR doing Deep Ellum and we are thrilled to be invited back. 

23rd Annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival  

"Six blocks of Main Street in the Deep Ellum entertainment district, 2900-3400 Main Street, Dallas TX 75226, will be transformed into one enormous street festival. Featuring 200 top-notch decorative and visual artists, 150 original bands and singer/songwriters performing from seven different stages, the renowned Pet Parade, and enticing foods and drinks.

Festival attendees can stroll through displays of cutting-edge decorative arts and admire, commission, and purchase the works of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, leather and wood crafters, and other specialized fine artists, some of whom will be creating pieces on the spot.--deepellumartsfestival.com"

**April 28-30 Panoply (Huntsville, AL)

Panoply

"Panoply is the Southeast’s premier arts weekend where Huntsville’s innovative spark shines through a festival of art, music and more in downtown’s Big Spring Park. Day passes to the festival are only $10 and weekend passes are $18; kids 12 and under get in free!"

Panoply 2017 will be held April 28, 29 and 30-- artshuntsville.org

 

 **May 19-20-- Lowertown Arts and Music Festival (Paducah, KY)

 

"The Lower Town Arts & Music Festival celebrates the cultural richness of Western Kentucky with the region’s most outstanding visual, performing and culinary arts. The free festival features vendor booths showcasing more than 50 visiting artist along with open studios and galleries of Lower Town’s resident artists, live music on three outdoor stages and a Taste of Paducah featuring local food vendors. Paducah’s oldest residential neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is home to artists from around the globe who relocated to Paducah as a result of the City’s Artist Relocation Program. Visit the website for more entertainment and updates as they become available" --www.paducah.travel

 

These are confirmed and we have more applications out now, plus some we are waiting to apply for. If it works out, June will be exciting, July will be quiet, August we hope to be back in Nashville at the Tomato Fest, September is up in the air and something HUGE might happen in October.  

So that's what's up here at Twentyheads. We hope to see some of you at festivals!! 

Thanks for reading~~ 

Elisabeth  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Hello everyone, it has been a week of sickness around here. I think David is on the mend finally. Lots of commission work has been going on and we are starting to work on our festival calendar for 2017. There are some changes from what we normally do and we're branching out into some new areas. Not much else to update right now. I will definitely not be blogging until after the New Year so we hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and to those who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas!! See you all in 2017. I hope it's a better year than 2016 was :)

Elisabeth  

Tis The Season To Be Sick And Behind On Everything

Merry-almost-Christmas and Happy Holidays! This past week, David has been covered up with commissions (thank you!) and he's been running a holiday sale on his Facebook/Instagram. And he's been sick all week. We're always thankful that he can stay home and do what he loves, but at times like these we're especially thankful. Just a few years ago at this time, he was in the middle of helping build an ENORMOUS barn. This is much better than that, I'm sure.

Today is the last day of the sale and each piece purchased is also an entry into a drawing for a free head. The drawing is tonight so good luck to those who bought. And THANK YOU. 

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and I will be blogging again soon.  

Elisabeth  

Thank You, Louisville!

 

 **Written Saturday 12/10/16

We're spending the weekend in Louisville, KY at the Flea Off Holiday Bazarre. It's an indoor (thankfully) holiday show at the Art Sanctuary. It's pretty awesome. 

My phone has developed a wonderful habit of not actually uploading any photos to the blog so I'm limited right now in my ability to blog our time here, at least in photos anyway.

Every time we do a show, we get new visitors to the site. So if you're new here, welcome! If you want more background or details on the work, there are earlier posts covering those things. Thanks for checking us out! If you have questions or are interested in a piece (or a custom-made commission), contact David either through the website email or check him out on Facebook and Instagram. 

Thank you all for reading! 

Elisabeth

Even Weirder Than Normal

I've been going back through the photo folders again and I started gathering heads that go beyond even the normal level of weirdness. 

Thanks for reading! 

~~Elisabeth