Last Saturday, I had the honor of being one of the artists asked to display work in the lobby of the Main Street Plaza building in downtown Urbana, IL. This is also where the Shared Space Coop is located; a budding new gallery that I have items located at.
As with any new show, I had no clue what to expect, but was very pleased with my location and the turnout. I decided to try a slightly different layout from the one I did at the I Do Bridal Expo, mainly because I didn’t have the space or time to do a full booth set-up. I like how cohesive it looked with my branding, but I still have some tweaks I would like to make for next time. But it was not bad for a 2nd set up…and went MUCH faster than the first!
This was also my first experience with accepting credit cards at a live event. I have to tell you, I am glad I had a set up that allowed me to see immediately if a card was accepted, as I had several students present me with cards that were declined. My only complaint with the credit card system is that it was a little slow as I had to type in all of the info….and I am not a speed typist by any means. For any future events I will be sure to get one of the card swipers that hooks up to the computer.
I had the pleasure to meet a talented photographer, Hector Mandel, who was set up just next to me. You can see him on the left of the photo below…probably mid text to his wife, a lamp work bead and wire wrap jewelry artist, who was at another show. Hector takes a variety of local landscape images, shot of everyday items in an unusual perspective, and specializes in amazing images taken while skydiving! He also has some brilliant shot of his wife making lamp work beads and you would swear you were looking at planets, nebulas, or even jellyfish!
All in all, I had a great day and if asked back I will probably go. Hector told me about another event that is one that I will have to look into doing next year: The Mom’s Day Craft Fair at the Illini Union. It is fun to get out of the house and on the road. I always meet interesting people and enjoy talking to shoppers about my work!