It was a fun-filled weekend during my first Ohio art show and fortunately it turned out well. My brother and one of my nephews rodied for me, but the weather was nasty.
Delaware is about 15 miles north of Columbus and is one of those Ohio towns like so many others that I've ran across over the many times I've visited here - except with life. There are numerous brick buildings from days gone by in need of love and repair. They line the main highways and main street with windows lined with shadows. There are no lights with window shades long gone, and no one seems to know these buildings or even towns still exist.
Delaware is different in that the local folks have put time and energy into rebuilding their downtown. Many buildings have some professional businesses, and there are some retail spaces too. There's a large volunteer force that's working hard to bring new life to the downtown area including sponsoring the town's annual art and craft show, and what a great job they do in putting on this event.
The art is good to very good without any buy and sell! Now that's one incredible accomplishment in itself, but they are also great at bringing in a knowledgeable art buying crowd in spite. of the challenging weather. Freezing cold and it rained like cats and dogs - horizontally with the wind howling. The place emptied out like fast, but folks did venture out after the downpour, but it kept coming back and back. Sunday was much the same weather without the wind this time, but the sun started shining when they brought me an award ribbon for my art along with a check. It's great to be recognized four times this past year for my work. It's been a long road and a long time coming, and it's going to continue for another lifetime.
I'll be in East Lansing, Michigan at Michigan State University this weekend at their annual art and craft show. Stop by and say hi if you're in the area. Check out our show schedule on our website at www.cliftonmetalworks.com. The links are on the left.