After missing last year’s show due to waiting too long to put in my application (it happens!), I was back at the Callanwolde Arts Festival this year. There’s a lot to like about this show! It is one of the few winter options available in the area, which is nice since Life prevents me from doing the winter circuit in Florida. It’s held at the Callanwolde Arts Center, the Tudor Revivalmansion that was home to the Charles Howard Candler family. Yes, THOSE Candlers, who brought us Coca-Cola and contributed large amounts of time & money to Atlanta during the late 19th & 20th centuries. It normally draws a good crowd because of the timing and the opportunity to see the mansion for a much smaller fee than normal.
I had a great spot this year, in the upstairs Gallery right at the top of the Grand Staircase. With painter Demone Phelps on one side and a watercolor artist on the other, their panels gave me a nice backdrop for my corner. I was able to try out a new layout, which I was pleased with and will likely use again when the situation arises. The large pedestal accessible on three sides made up for having a smaller space than I am used to. This was also a great opportunity to test out the lighting setup I’ve been working on, allowing me to discover that I really do need clip-on lamps for the frame holding the earrings so they won’t keep disappearing into the shadows. After all, every time you do a show you can try something new, see what works and what doesn’t, and keep or discard as results and circumstances dictate.
The threat of wintry weather kept a lot of people away, but those who came were an appreciative audience. The turbine pendants remain a big hit, while a number of other items garnered many compliments and some sales. The Callanwolde Arts Festival makes for a nice break from my usual winter studio hibernation, plus I get to see some of my art friends during that gap from November to early April.