Monday, May 23, 2011

Art-A-Whirl 2011

This weekend was NE Mpls's annual Art-a-whirl. Ryan and I shared a tent in the parking lot of the Modern Cafe and 331 Club.

Special shout-out to Joe of DirtyInks and Megan of PixieGirlStudios for letting us borrow some of your display materials. Thank you, Thank you!!

I was really nervous all week because we we're due for some crappy weather, and unfortunatly the weatherman was more or less correct.

We spent all week putting on the finishing touches to everything - but of course - Friday night was still a late night scramble.. notice large cans of RedBull..

Neither of us have ever done an outside sale before, so it was definitely a learning experience. We knew the weather was going to be crappy, so we purchased a lot of plastic sheeting and tarps to help protect us and our work from the rain... which most certainly came in handy!

We were borrowing a tent from a friend of a friend which didn't have any sides. My biggest piece of advice for anyone wanting to do an outside sale is purchase or rent a tent with sides! They're there for you if you need them and zipper off if you don't. Also, invest in waterproof duct tape!

Luckily for us the rapture didn't happen on Saturday and the skies actually decided to clear up for a few hours - during which we did really well!

However on Sunday we felt the wrath of Mother Nature and were forced to cut out early due to tornadoes all over North Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs.

I will be updating my Etsy this week with all the new work I've made in the past few weeks. Be sure to check it out!

Thanks again to everyone who braved the weather and supported local artists! Hopefully next year we'll have blue skies and sunshine.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Belated Art Crawl Update

Here are some belated photos from the St. Paul Art Crawl - Just in time to get you excited about this weekend's Art-a-Whirl!

Thanks again to Echo Arts for the amazing experience and inviting us to use your space! And, of course, thank you to everyone who made it out. Your support means the world :D