Buy local art this weekend!
The Monte Sano Art Festival has been a tradition in Huntsville, Alabama for sixteen years. This art show will host 140 of the region’s finest artists in an array of wonderful media. Along with the art, there will be local food trucks and musicians throughout the park.
The Monte Sano Art Festival, a wonderful art show in Huntsville, Alabama, will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 15 - 16th. The hours of the festival are:
Saturday, September 15 -
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 16 -
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The festival is free to attend - Monte Sano State Park will charge $10 per car for parking. (cash only)
We had a great time at Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, Louisiana, as we always do. This lovely lady picked out some new sterling silver bangles and midi rings (also called stacking rings) for herself!
The best thing about these shows and festivals is getting to connect with you (and, sometimes, your family)!
The street entertainment is wonderful at this festival - this is one of the "stilt walkers" that are there every year!
Lovely day at the Fitness Center in Baton Rouge, today! It is a Christmas event with several vendors and I am here with my jewelry. Very festive and fun!
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So happy to be able to participate in the wonderful Covington Three Rivers Arts Festival this weekend, November 11 - 12!
This has always been a great show and will be better this year than ever -perfect weather forecast and lots and lots of wonderful handmade art!
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This is me getting ready for fall shows. There is quite a long list of jewelry that I would like to make before the shows start in earnest but, you know what?
I am not going to stress.
I will not worry about it.
I will happily make the jewelry (because that is truly what I love to do) and let the shows take care of themselves. Oh, yes, one other thing....
I will enjoy this life I have been given.
I hope you will, too!
Since I participate as an artist every year at FIL, I thought I would share a little bit of the history of this wonderful festival.
Did you know that FIL is the largest outdoor, FREE Francophone event in the U.S? Herman Mhire, a Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is the founding president of FIL, which began in
1986 as a community-supported, non-profit organization whose goal was to produce an annual visual and performing arts festival celebrating the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana. FIL emphasizes the connections between Acadiana and the Francophone world; each year, musical artists from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean and the Americas come to Lafayette, Louisiana to share their talents with the community.
The original missions of the FIL were to enrich the community with a celebration of its native cultures through performing arts, educate the public of the achievements and artistic expressions of related global cultures, to develop culture and tourism, and to enhance economic development by expanding Lafayette’s reputation as an arts center and a destination for artistic events.
Originally primarily a musical event, FIL also now features workshops, theater and visual artists who are primarily members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild. The Marché des Arts, the FIL Fine Arts Market, showcases artists from all over the country. You will find handmade artisan jewelry, pottery, and many other handcrafted items.
In the Marché du Monde, FIL’s World Market, you will find commercial imports such as sculptures, art, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photography, instruments and much more.
Click here to see the complete list of artists for the FIL2015 Marche des Arts (handmade art/craft): http://festivalinternational.org/artists-eats/marche-des-arts/
Click here to see the list of vendors for FIL2015 Marche du Monde (commercial imports): http://festivalinternational.org/artists-eats/marche-du-monde-hidden/
This link will take you to the complete musical schedule for FIL2015: http://lineup.festivalinternational.org/events/2015/04/22/
One of my very favorite things about participating as an artist at festivals and shows has got to be the people I meet and the connections I make. It gives me such joy to have someone walk into my jewelry booth wearing a piece of my jewelry that they purchased at a previous show! It lets me know that what I do and how I choose to spend my time means something to someone - such a simple thing as handmade jewelry gives others happiness and makes their journey on this earth more pleasant.
At a show I did recently I had the extreme pleasure of watching a young couple pick out a gift for his mother for Mother's Day - this was two months before Mother's Day. I would have loved to have video taped their search for exactly the right gift of handmade jewelry for this most important woman. When they finally settled on a dainty sterling silver necklace with a heart stamped on it, they were so happy and completely satisfied that they had found the perfect gift.
How lucky am I? I get to be a part of all sorts of wonderful and warm interactions among people - it's just doesn't get any better than that!
Be happy today!
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Yesterday was the first Saturday of the month & that means the monthly Baton Rouge Market happens in downtown Baton Rouge. I knew that it was going to be a VERY hot day (here in south Louisiana, we still consider September to be a summer month) but got myself in gear, organized everything the day before in order to minimize having to do much thinking at 6 am! I took lots of pictures, mostly of other artists who are also members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, for later posting on the LCG Facebook page - go here if you want to check out that page: www.facebook.com/LouisianaCraftsGuild. We feature an artist member of the group every morning.
It turned out to be a really nice market, in spite of the intense heat. Shoppers were out and ready to support local art and artists which is always so wonderful to experience. My top sellers at this market turned out to be my simple sterling silver bangle bracelets and sterling silver "stacking" rings. The brand new "pebble" rings were popular as well, especially paired with a couple of simple stacking rings - such a great combination! Although other items sold, these were by far the most popular items this weekend. I had to put all three of these items on my list of jewelry to make this month - in several sizes, so that I'll be ready for the next market. It's always fun to see what the popular pieces are - it can vary so much from market to market.
After unpacking & reorganizing so that I'm ready for next month, I am already looking forward to the October market! Hopefully it will be much cooler a month from now! Here's hoping......:)
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.