Des Moines Arts Festival 2011

all set up and ready to go!
all set up and ready to go!

All those long days and sleepless nights paid off because the Des Moines Arts Festival was a major success! It turned out to be a beautiful weekend despite the gloomy forcasts. We only encountered a few sprinkles on Friday morning while unloading the car and then again on Sunday evening while loading up the car for the final time. It might have been a different story had we had the storm roll through the area that was expected, but luckily it all worked out swell.


I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to showcase what I have been working on. It was an amazing weekend. For as exhausting as those three full days were, I enjoyed every minute of it--even the stressful set up on the first day. From the conversations with visitors and other artists to the required demonstration and the unexpected amount of sales--it was all good!


Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to say hi and especially those who left with wrapping paper. Big or small, every purchase counts and shows your support for the arts!


Thank you to my brother, who spent the whole day with me on Saturday, helping me keep things orderly and stocked as well as holding down the fort while I went on frequent breaks.


A special thanks to Kate Westlund and Kyle Ellingson who drove down from Minnesota--COMPLETELY blowing my socks off, since I had NO IDEA they were moving back from MAINE! 


And of course, there is no way this would have been possible without my man. My display would have been nothing without him building frames, pedestals, and shelf after shelf--not to mention putting up with me when I was stressing out about something. Thanks Tom!



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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Tom Allen (Tuesday, 28 June 2011 07:16)

    It's great to hear the first big show went so well. I'm excited to make it to your second or third big show!

  • #2

    Joel Cherrico (Wednesday, 06 July 2011 09:45)

    Wish I coulda stopped by! Your shelving looks awesome, Tom did a great job. VERY professional!! What was the "unexpected demonstration" did they have a pottery wheel set up there?