Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Coming up for air...Finally!

Okay, so a whole month has past, but trust me, I was not just hanging around! Art of the Carolinas went off even better than I had imagined! All the hard work and planning and help and encouragement and input I received from everyone was so worth it. Without my girls, Christina and Carissa I could not pull this off. You two are so incredibly awesome. I feel very fortunate to have you both by my side, so THANK YOU!

There are so many things to say about the show. Great artists, wonderful talent and creativity flying around everywhere, lots of laughter and the energy in the trade show is just throbbing! It is such a pleasure to see all the people flock to this show. The bargains presented by the vendors are incredible, and that makes it so much easier to be creative! If you have not experienced Art of the Carolinas, definitely add it to your bucket list. Two weeks before Thanksgiving. That Thursday marks the beginning of the workshops and the day all the vendors come in to set up their booths. The next day, Friday, the trade show begins. Both the workshops and the tradeshow continue on until Sunday. Then we pack it all up and start planning the following year! Speaking of packing it up, a big THANK YOU shout out to Donnie Johnson, our new Henderson Warehouse manager for stepping up to the plate and tackling this huge undertaking for the first time. Fabulous job! You, Ed Lingg, Fred and all the boys did a bang up job.

Another huge shout out to my girls at Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild! You gals are just incredible. Thank you so much for all of your endless hard work, input, creativity, demos and celebration at the show. Again, I could not pull this off without all the helping hands on every level, so THANK YOU!
Here are a few shots for you:

Penny and Michelle hauling TONS of water!

World of Art Challenge

World of Art Challenge

Here are some random shots taken at the show:

Painting in James Sulkowski's Class

On part of the trade show floor

In Paul McCormack's class (Hi Meghan!)

In Karlyn Holman's class

Caroline Jasper's Oil Painting Workshop

These are just a few photos to give you an idea of Art of the Carolinas!
So much FUN!

After the show, Joe and I drove to Savannah with our friends Bruno and Laurence Charvin. They own the Charvin Paints and since they were in the USA for Art of the Carolinas, they wanted to visit more of the South. Last year we went to Charleston. SC, here are a few photos from our trip to Savannah:

Some Italian Restaurant with great food!

At The Marshall House in Savannah

"I am American!"

Crazy Frenchman at Tybee Island

Good bye friends! See you in June at Port Grimaud...

Savannah, GA is a special place to me because Zach was born there. It was wonderful to be in the city 26 years later on November 17th. I called Zach and sang Happy Birthday to him (as I always do...he must endure!) from the city to wish him a great day. Hard to believe that 26 years ago he was only 3 pounds, 3 ounces! Here's a photo of both of us: