Closing out December

The last months of the year were hectic, and two multiday shows capped off the art fair season. In late November, just before Thanksgiving the Jewelry and Gift Show was held at the Highland Park Art Center.

I always love visiting this town, and enjoyed the Pegasus horses that were set up for the holidays.

The Art Center always has wonderful sculptures on their premises.

Fresh off my 3D Encaustic workshop, I was intrigued by this sculpture in the hallway.

We transformed the indoors to a jewelry and gift fair.

The staff was helpful in adjusting lighting and ensuring we had all we needed for setup.

Spectacular Jewelry and Fashion items were available in 4 rooms of the Highland Park Art Center.

On Friday friends came by and invited me to dinner after their copper bangle making class and the show closing.

Saturday and Sunday we returned to see who would adopt our creations.

Some items were to benefit the Highland Park Art Center.

The show was not as successful as hoped for, probably because the venue and the name of the show were changed this year after a longstanding recognition as the BLING show.

Investing 3 days in this show when my cousin was in the country was a but of a bummer, but it is all a learning experience.

Nonetheless, a few pieces flew away, and I enjoyed meeting the other vendors.

My last show was the Bucktown Holiday ArtShow which was familiar territory.

The new organizer moved my space to Number 1!

Once again the gym was transformed into a handmade shopping extravaganaza.

It was chilly but we had a good turnout and the sun cooperated on day 2.

I visited with vendors I knew and met several talented creators.

This year’s silent auction benefited Visibility Arts.

The organization had a booth as well.

Soon it was time to put the booth to bed and head home for the night.

The next day the sun was bright and we had more foot traffic come through the door. I noticed the lovely stained glass skylight for the first time.

The Holstein Field House also hosted a king.

Here my angels and frosties were most popular.

I have a Facebook album with the angels and frosties still in my possession, and they are $5 off at Sacred Art and The Evanston Pop Up Gallery until I refresh my pieces for Valentine’s day.

I am curious what will be popular through 2018.

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