My Stand at the First Friday Art Walk

My Stand at the First Friday Art Walk

October 2, 2009

On a gloomy day in the beginning of October, I decided to go ahead and appear at the Rancho Bernardo Winery for their First Friday Art Walk, which is an art fair that happens every first Friday of the month.  The previous First Friday I had cancelled due to the hundred and four degrees temperature and I did not wish anyone to die of a heat stroke.  This First Friday the forecasters had planned for rain.  Three drops of rain to a Californian is a downpour and in fact the average weather report from a local weather person is along the following:

Anchor Woman

“So, Weather Bob, what is the forecast like?”

Weather Bob

“Fine, back to you.”

A Place to Hang My Hat On

A Place to Hang My Hat On

With that weather state of mind I decided that since I live in Southern California there would be no rain.  The sun did not shine through the clouds and I parked in the farthest parking lot to unload my exhibit.  Setting up my tables and grid walls I could not help but notice the parking lot twenty feet from where I was setting up.  The first thought was that I would be the first booth to be seen and the second thought was why the hell did I not park there.

IMG_2382After re-parking and settling down for the evening around five in the afternoon, I noticed that the Art Walk, that went from five to nine that evening, had only four other booths with artists.  By six that evening I had bought a mocha from a nice man with a broken finger and then two shakes to fight off the heart burn from the anxiety that no one has shown up for this event.  By half past six the sun had gone down and still no one had appeared.  The Café Merlot is a very nice restaurant only it is stationed at other end of the Winery and only those that would be finished eating and that parked where I parked would be walking by.

The Sun Goes Down

The Sun Goes Down

The sun going down at six in the evening did cause a different problem; I had no lighting to shine on my work in the dark.  When I thought of my concept, I planned on being outside and using the sun for lighting or that the Winery would be slightly lit for the occasion however both theories were very wrong.

When no one else showed up for the event, we the artists discussed among ourselves what was going on in the art community.  A much larger art show was planned for the next day and it was decided that that show made everyone skip this show to go to that show.  Another reason was the three drops of rain that scared everyone indoors that evening.  The Winery employees remarked on the lack of artists that are normally watercolor painters.  The simple theory of their reason for a lack of appearance was brought up that rain and watercolor does not go well together.