Off we went last week for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts show, in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. I've done the show many times--7, I think, and have always had a wonderful time. It is one of the very most pleasant shows to do--great volunteer organization, great staff and director, a beautiful venue, great art, and usually great weather. Nope--not this time--my fight with weather continues.
6 times the weather was perfect--blue skies, 70s, all three days and set up. I think maybe one time we had a tiny bit of wind for about 20 minutes and 27 sprinkles. This time, we got cold and we got rain. For the most part not a down pour but ugly and cold nevertheless--for the first entire two days. 50 degrees and cold and damp are just not the thing for good art sales. But I met some nice artists, reconnected with some I rarely see--our travel circles only overlap occasionally, and saw and caught up with some old customers.
All in all, I think this is the highest quality show I do. Only about 120 artist but a great selection of 2D, fiber, glass, ceramics, and sculpture. Although, this time, someone doing kids teepees managed to score a booth that someone had cancelled on at the last minute and it seriously downgraded the look of the show. Would have been way better to just have an empty booth. I'm sure it was mentioned to the show director--probably many times.
Anyway, I haven't given up on Sun Valley. Such a great place and such a beautiful, if not long, drive.