Here are some pics of my set up before the crowds arrived:
There are small paintings on the table and my larger framed paintings on the display racks. Those racks are used for outdoor shows as well, but when not used at a show, they stay up in my studio - that's how I store the framed paintings. I like it much better than keeping them stashed away somewhere in a dark closet - they need room to breathe! And that way I don't forget what I have.
One of the first to show up for the Open Studio was Susan, a good friend and collector of many years. She brought her friend Christine and Christine was instantly attracted to this painting of Newport, Rhode Island...
When Norb and Julie stopped by, they fell in love with this oil painting. They were floating on air as they brought it out to the car.
This painting did not sell online even though it was featured in my newsletters and on my website. I think that's because it's a local scene and only local people can relate.
Sometimes a painting has to wait for the right people to find it. But when they do, it's just the best thing!
When Paula caught sight of this one, she asked me if it was Hall's Pond. Indeed it was. How did she know? I have no idea, but she connected to it immediately and now Ice Fishing also has a brand new home - at Paula's!
Oh, I almost forgot to mention: It was not just an Open Studio, it was an EVENT! Meaning, there was more fun to be had than just looking at artwork, although that's fun enough in itself.
More and more paintings went home with happy collectors.
And koi fish...
And lots and lots and LOTS of boxed note card sets. Did I say lots?
Everyone wanted to meet Ferdinand and Nina!
The best part was seeing friendly smiling faces coming in the door, some of whom I have not seen in a year or two...or three. Taking time to chat and catch up. I wish my online collectors could have been there. Open Studios are fun!