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The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival was a great experience

This past weekend I was at the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival and it was fantastic! This was my first year and I didn’t know what to expect but I am really pleased with how things went.

John and I went up Friday morning (it’s about a 45 minute drive from home) to get the booth set up. We got checked in at about 8:30am and went to our booth in the Community Centre They have all the booths already constructed out of plywood and painted which is so great. It was pretty awesome to see my name at the top! I was at the end of the aisle and there were only two of us on the back wall.

Buckhorn empty booth

It took us almost four hours to set up but we took our time. We didn’t run into any major snags and only had to make one trip to the hardware store for a power bar for our lights.

Buckhorn set up 1

John had brought a tape measure and a level but we quickly discarded them and just went by eye.

Buckhorn set up 2

And we were all set to go!

Buckhorn finished booth Buckhorn booth

Friday night was the Preview Night Garden Party so I dressed up. We had all kinds of family and friends come – it really was a party!

Buckhorn Friday Night

The crowds were consistent all weekend and I there was a lot of interest in my work. So many compliments!

Buckhorn Saturday

I was lucky to have great neighbours – Bronson Smith from Peterborough, Julia Conlon from Windsor and Charles Leung from Lindsay. They were a lot of fun and offered great advice and support. Thank you!

On Saturday night there was a dinner for the artists and volunteers and we had a great time. It was great to meet Henry Fernandes, Yvonne de Viller, Dave & Jane Bigham, and Malcolm Madsen. We also got to chat with Michael Dumas and his wife Ellen who have been long-time volunteers at the festival (Michael wasn’t exhibiting this year). It was wonderful to hear about their experiences at this show and others and once again the advice and support were amazing.

Now it’s time to get ready for the Victoria County Studio Tour in October!

The countdown is on!

The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival is only two weeks away! I’ve been steadily painting and I have two more paintings to complete before the show. I’ve also ordered a lot of prints that will have to be signed and framed and packaged. Good thing I’m on vacation next week from my day job so I can get everything finished!

I was excited to get the book for the Buckhorn show – it’s in gorgeous full colour on glossy paper and features one piece of work from every artist who will be there.

Tickets are still available for the Preview Night Garden Party on Friday, August 16 from 7-10pm. Live music, hors d’oeuvres, demonstrations and of course a lot of incredible art! Will I see you there?

Buckhorn book outside

Buckhorn book inside

Meet me in Buckhorn!

The promotional materials are out now for the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival from August 16 – 18. I’m so excited to be part of this great event! It was selected as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals for the sixth consecutive year in 2012 and is recognized as one of the premiere Canadian Art Festivals.

There will be 86 artists in attendance this year including painters, ceramic artists and sculptors in wood and stone. The festival is held at the Buckhorn Community Centre which features beautiful pathways and gardens in between the galleries that house the exhibiting artists’ booths. Tickets to the Preview Night Garden Party go quickly so be sure to get them soon! They are $20 in advance and are good for re-entry into the Festival on Saturday and Sunday too.

Mark it on your calendar…..I hope to see you there!

BFAF promo