Holiday Show Wrap Up

What other club do you know that can fill 138 shifts? It is absolutely amazing what this club can accomplish. Several of our members worked many shifts, up near eight shifts. A special thank you to Elaine Chambers, DeAnne Thorn, Lisa Pruitt, Sheila Cruz and Carol Schrading. The holiday show has always been the place to get to know other members, enjoy sharing art tips, watching the demos.


Sheila Cruz brought her new pan pastels for us to see.


Jon Osbourne came to work carrying this great tote made from his own design. He readily shared the source and you can visit the site at

In searching for a site this year, we had a limited supply from which to select. The board looked at several spaces and this one was the best possibility.  We found that we do a whole lot better when we are in charge of our own destiny. Their VIP party had only 75 people attend compared to the hundreds that we draw. The hours set by the mall were too short for us. For ten days the non-working furnace chased off customers too uncomfortable to browse for long. The economy tanked for two weeks and the Santa weekends were uncomfortably LOUD. Whew. It is difficult to make a direct comparison with previous years because we could only fit 2/3 of the number of exhibitors and didn’t have as much free space for hanging extra work. We were open longer but had shorter hours & no evenings. Some artists did very well. Rollina took top sales with her on-site portraits. She worked three afternoons every weekend.

The Holiday Show prominently displays your artwork in the community and bolsters the club’s reputation. This show serves our membership best when we are able to find excellent venues that really showcase the caliber of work our members do.  The setting this year looked especially nice, was well lit and organized, and made all the work look even more professional. If the economy was a deterrent in buying larger items this season, those who came out to see the work at least know what to expect of our shows in the future. The Holiday Show is, most importantly, our way to give back to the community through raising money for a local charity.








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