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Old Florida Celebrates the Arts

Cedar Key Arts Center takes over downtown and puts on a fantastic little art show.  Gorgeous setting, fantastic art and wonderful staff and volunteers.  The weather was perfect this week.  In the following years is always going to be the last full weekend in March, so next year it’s will be March 30th & 31st.

This show is a gem to do.

Moses and Pelican- Our home during the Art Show

Load in/Out : Load in was pretty easy, road closed down. You can drive to your booth, though it would be problematic with a large vehicle or trailer if you didn’t get there early. Load out was a problem for some, because someone hooked someone’s tent or something driving in and the police got involved, so no one was driving in for awhile. All in all, I think it was pretty easy to do.
Amenities: Breakfast (yogurt, danish etc) both days. Finger foods and drinks for award ceremony.
Awards: Nice prize money. Don’t know what the judge’s qualification were, lots of fantastic art there, not sure I agree with all her choices. Definitely an opinion poll since only one judge.
Good crowd in mornings, dwindled in the afternoon. Weather was perfect.
Sales were few and far between, though someone contacted after show so possible large sale. If that happens it will be a great show, if not we didn’t loose money, but we didn’t make much either.
Very low key area, great place to relax and enjoy. Make reservations early and things book up fast.
Great people run the show and we really enjoyed spending time with them. There was money walking around at the show, but I didn’t see many packages going by. There were few artists we talked to that barely made expenses. But others said they did well. We will try it again next year, if we get in and if we can do it with another show or two in a row.
Definitely had some great quality of work.

UPDATE: So after we left the show a lady who had seen one of our bigger pieces on Saturday, but did not talk with us or pick up a card, decided that she wanted to get a hold of us. She contacted Bev the coordinator of the show and asked her if she knew who we were, only describing our work (she didn’t know booth # or name or anything like that). Bev because she actually goes through the show knew who we were and put her in touch with us. Long story short after some negotiation and some how to we get this to her when it’s to big to really ship without major $$. We will be delivering at largest and most expensive piece to this lady when we go down to do shows closer in the late fall. It made our show sales wonderful all because the show organizer took a moment to meet artists and give out information. Bev said she had four other people call for information on other artists that she was able to provide, I hope it was an successful.


Food in Cedar Key, Fl

So we’ve gone out a couple times since we’ve been down here in Cedar Key.  We went to Tony’s Seafood Restaurant.  It’s the normal pricey of a tourist place, but they have some really good clam chowder.  In fact you can actually order it and have it delivered in cans to your home.    It has been by far the best chowder I’ve had in a restaurant.  So if you aren’t going to make it from scratch, give theirs a try if you are hankering from some delicious clam chowder.

The second place we tried was over the top of another restaurant.  We went bike riding all over Cedar Key today and stopped in Away From the World Burgers to just get a bite.  We went super hungry, so debated on getting an appetizer or sharing a burger.  Decided to go the burger route and I’m glad we did.   It was amazing.  Fresh and juicy and so flavorful.   They have outside seating and our dog friendly, in fact you can even order your favorite canine a burger prepared just for them.   Pretty view right on the water.  Most reasonable prices we’ve seen in all of Florida.   Fries were hand-cut and perfect.

St. George Island

St George Island

St George Island Light house

Definitely worth a visit. The island has some restaurants, we ate at the Blue Parrot. If you go, DO NOT GET the lobster and crab bisque unless you love beer. It didn’t have much of anything else in it and it just tasted like beer. The bowl was the size a medium cup and pricey!


But the beaches are definitely worth the trip. You can go out to the state park.  It cost $6 for 2 people for the day.There is a campground if you can figure out the reservations thing. They said they are full, but when we drove through several places were empty. The beaches are littered with colorful shells and gorgeous. shells2 Lots of them. We didn’t really see any biking paths, but you can ride your bike on the roadway.


Orange Beach Festival of Arts

Orange Beach Festival Of Art – Orange Beach, Alabama – March 10 & 11

This small show of about 100 artists is held on the grounds of the Coastal Arts Center. It is a beautiful park with an recently opened Art Gallery that is stunning. Also on the grounds is a glass and pottery studio.

Set up was Friday afternoon. Drive your booth, unload and move the vehicle after unloading. Parking is behind the Baptist Church next to the park. They also have space for some RV’s to dry camp. The church burned recently and it has this location a bit shaky, but hopefully it will continue.

Saturday hours were 10-5. Despite weather forecasting that there might be rain the crowd was good in the morning, though it dwindled some in the afternoon. I didn’t see to many bags walking around, but our day was good as we sold our of our larger pieces to someone with some patron bucks to spend. We had wonderful neighbors and the art I saw was superb. Kudos to the jury pool for who they chose. Judges came around and spent time talking with you about your art.

Artist dinner and award ceremony was held Saturday night. Low key ceremony with a fantastic Low Country Boil of shrimp, potatoes and corn on the cob. Filled in with a salad, artichoke dip with pita chips, coleslaw, crab cakes and a bread pudding for dessert. Awards ranged from a $1000 for best in show.. down in $200. Since the art was fantastic, I’m sure if was a tough choice for the judges.

Sunday (10-4) arrived to soon with daylight savings time and we got to the park to open up. There was the potential of bad weather coming in, so they were working with EMA on whether or not to call the show. The crowd was just beginning to start filling in and buying, when we got the word to pack down because a storm was headed our way in the couple hours. Big kudos for the organizers for having the balls to call the show before the rain hit. We packed up and had been on the road about an hour before it started to pour and the wind made it come down in sheets. In fact we passed another art show down the way that we had done last year and those poor artists were trying to break down in the wind and the rain. So grateful that wasn’t us!

Despite having only one small sale today, it was a good show. Great people to work with and I hope we make the cut next year and get in.

Sunriver Art Faire

Sunriver Art Faire

August 12-14

Jury $25

Booth $300

Held in the resort town of Sunriver near Bend Oregon. Saw a lot of advertising on facebook and around town. Don’t know about other advertising as we are out of state. We did this show in combination with a vacation to see family in Washington. About 70 artists at the show located in a shopping center area with restaurants, tourist shops and bike shops. Friday, Saturday and Sunday show .

Weather was beautiful on Friday though hot for this area. Crowd was light, but our sales were ok for a Friday. Saturday was hot… everyone was down at the river and not here. No crowd at any point.. just a few people wandering in and out. Sales were dismal for a Saturday. Today the weather is supposed to be a lot cooler. People are already here thought it’s early, so we will see what the day brings.

The sales (Some artists had great sales, some okay and some not at all) weren’t as good as we hoped for, but still good considering the crowd.   It was down from previous years.  I think weather was a big factor.  We’d be willing to do the show again if we get juried it.

The staff and volunteers all absolutely wonderful  Booth sitters are plentiful and there through out the day.  They provided small breakfasts and wonderful lunches (one per tent) for the entire 3 days.  The last day is was catered by the local Italian restaurant… delicious.

It was an easy set up and a wonderfully controlled tear down.. they make sure not to let people in before they are broken down so no one gets stuck.  Most of the time every one is out of there by 6.  Really enjoyed working with the people.  Beautiful area.

Sunriver-Bend RV Park – Thousand Trails

Sunriver Oregon Thousand Trails Bend-Sunriver RV Park

We arrive Sunriver, a resort town in the high desert in Oregon. Reservations had been made for the dates for the show about 3 months ago. We added two days in the front of the reservation about a week prior because we were arriving early. We arrived to the RV park. They would only let us check in for the two day stay because they won’t combine reservations. They do not reserve a specific spot for you. You have to drive around and find a spot. The campground is really full and it was really frustrating to try and figure out where to we would fit.

They don’t have sewer hook ups either. Most of the spots available were too small for our RV. But we finally found one on the back part of the campground.  The fact they don’t reserve a specific spot would have been enough to make me not stay here again.  We did find a new spot closer to the front and bigger the next day.

The kids left on the second day to go to their Aunt’s in Washington, so it’s just Scot, me and the cats while we do the Sunriver Art Festival.

We have been taking the grey water in the sewer caddy every other day to the dump. There is only 2 dumps and every time we have been there they are over flowing.  No one seems to care that there was a problem.  Trash was also over flowing at some areas.

This is our first experience with a campground in the thousand trails, but we are not impressed and can’t understand why you would buy into it if this is an example of the type of facility.  The miniature golf area was in bad condition with carpeting being torn etc.  Pools looked fine though.  They did have a large community area where you could hold an event.

Sunriver is a pretty place. I would like to have more time to explore more.