Thursday, June 18, 2009

Walk In The Woods Art Fair, Saturday, June 13, 2009

Last Saturday was my first show of the 2009 season. I participated in the Walk In The Woods art fair in St. Germain, Wisconsin. It is the 2nd year for this event, put on by the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce. It is a juried fine art show open to artists in any media. The event had approximately 50 artist booths, a wine and cheese tasting featuring Brigadoon Winery & Sartori Cheeses, and live music by Bret & Frisk, a local folk rock duo.

Here's a wide shot of my booth. My niece Jessica Border made my awesome tie dyed flag.

A shopper inside my booth.

Another angle.

Lots of little stuff I make — for fun and profit.

I wasn't expecting too much out of the event based on the current economy. After all, I do sell a so to speak "luxury" product. I made a few nice larger sales (thanks Kathy) and lots of little ones. The show wasn't a blowout, but I did all right financially for the day (my standards are lower than many) and the show was a good motivator to jump start my Northwoods Art Tour inventory.

Sharing some quality time with my new friend Darwin Davis.

The days highlights were seeing some good friends, including Ana Davis and her son Darwin (my newest crush), Kathy Furda of Northern Light Glass & Bonnie Hutchinson. I also got to work beside my closest friend, Wendy Powalisz and her beautiful colorful paintings all day long. Good times!

This painting by Wendy Powalisz sold a few days after the show. My photo doesn't do it justice! It will also be a banner in downtown Eagle River this summer.

This painting of a corn field is also going to be a banner in Eagle River. The Artscape Banner program has a food theme this year.

Wendy wins the award for cutest booth. I didn't get a photo of her. She avoided my lens all day.

The real lowlight was when I knocked over and broke my own platter, turning it into a very expensive piece of garden edging.

I also saw a lot of artist friends in the show and met some new ones. Here’s a glimpse into their booths.

Karen Lenhart is a new friend. I am in a new gallery with Karen that just open up this week in downtown Land O’ Lakes. I will write about the Artistree Gallery next week.

Marilyn Winters was my booth neighbor on the other side. We met that day and I think her paintings are wonderful. You can view her website at

Betty Christian is a good friend. Betty is a jewelry artist who makes really cool pieces out of twisted silver and gold-filled wire. See her work at

I met Dan Benecke when I first moved to Wisconsin. He makes beautiful modern & artistic wood furniture. Dan just joined the Northwoods Art Tour this year. His website is

Here's a close up of one of Dan’s walking sticks. I thought this was a cool photo.

Tom Benware is another furniture artist with a completely different style from Dan’s. Tom’s detailed ornate pieces are beautiful from a distance...

...or close up. Tom's website is

This was my favorite piece I saw at the show. It is made from zippers! Again, the photo doesn't do it justice. I feel destined to own one of Donna Petrell's pieces...someday. You can find her at DJ Zipperworks


Janice Zindel said...

Amy, I was so happy to hear you did well at Walk in the Woods Art Fair. From your pics, it looks like it was a beautiful day. Your work, and the booths, look great!

Betty Christian said...

Hi Amy, I didn't know you snuck a photo of me at the Art Fair. I really like that Walk in the Woods Art Fair. Those paople in St. Germian do a nice job. Sorry to hear about your plate. Also, I'd like to make a correction about my jewelry as you stated that I use gold plated wire, but I use Gold-filled instead. Gold filled is higher quality and will not wear off like plated gold will. Great pics of the art fair.

Linda Starr said...

Hi Amy, what a wondeful show that looked to be. So sorry about your platter. Your booth looks wonderful, you have it arranged so beautifully. Love all the photos you too, and that zipper painting is amazing as is the corn one.

Patricia Griffin said...

looks like a great show. your booth is super.

Northern Light said...

great pics of the day! I think they should use you for show promotion and advertisement. My bowl is sitting on my kitchen island filled with lemons and limes and looks great next to all it's cousins. I didn't know Wendy will be seeing her paintings in the form of banners all over Eagle River. The little rascal never said a word. They will be wonderful in that form, I hope ER realizes how lucky they are. Tell her I said so if you talk to her.