My friend Jana, the proprietoress of Cabin Fever, a very hip downtown gift store encouraged me to support the new Art
on G Street event. I trust anything Jana says that has to do with retail. However, coming off of my huge annual show at Half Moon Creek Gallery on June 5, and the Alaska Botanical Garden's Gala and Outdoor Art Show, I admit I'm feeling a little whipped AND out of most of my "inventory." I did save some cool sculptures from the Half Moon Show production schedule but I'm a bit rusty to know what kind of inventory to have at this downtown, outdoor event that will be mainly tourists on a budget (or so the trends are telling us). I'm not used to making things with a price point of under $50 -because by the time I pay Gallery commissions anywhere from 35 -50% the prices of my work need to be a lot higher for me to pay the bills. However, these non-commission events are PERFECT for lower priced, smaller, lovely works...if only I had been making things like this instead of my larger steel sculptures!
I have always tended to work backwards, in that I first decide what my monthly budget and bills are, set a goal(s), take a material and time inventory, then create, then sell. The whole clay and kiln idea was to support the "Art on G Street" kind of event... if I had been making more time to do clay work. The clay bisque and drying shelves are completely empty and there is no kiln to be loaded in the foreseeable future. I have a few sea tiles with the steel crabs that have been really popular at the Gallery when I was testing their "viability." I also resurrected a popular, lower priced wind sculpture of a Salmon with driftwood "bones." These were a big hit at Bad Girls the last couple of years and they are fun to make. It's even more fun collecting the driftwood from the beach in Homer. But mainly, I've got the guys to help me load and set-up the heavier garden chimes and sculptures and we'll just have to offer free delivery for customers on Saturday who can't schlep their purchases several blocks to their cars.
I am a bit worried of the volume of people that will be downtown this Saturday. I learned that there is a HUGE Alaska Statehood Celebration and Hero Games going on in the same downtown location as the artists will be set up! I thought Summer Solstice was busy, holy cow, streets will be blocked off and there will be music, entertainment, food and vendors on
downtown streets again this weekend. I think our plan is to set-up EARLY, bring our chairs, extra clothes for weather and have the booth be our little piece of real estate to enjoy the festivities front and center! After set-up I think we'll keep Willie and his truck on the "outside" to let the poor doggies out mid day because I think we're in for a long day taking my art to the streets.