Summer and Farmers Markets
July 01, 2016 • Leave a Comment
I am having a great time working the two weekly farmers markets I belong to. Don't believe me? Fine, take a look for yourself: So now I have a pop up gallery which can be deployed and set up where I wish. Except when it rains a lot. My pop up presentation is a work in progress but it allows me to show more prints than I could in other places like Starshine Gallery in Madrid, New Mexico or Alpine Wellness in Telluride. So the possibilities of art fairs await my pop up gallery.
The two farmers markets are in Ridgway and Montrose, Colorado. In the much smaller community, Ridgway, the market uses the center of town park which is beautiful, cool, and on grass with many shade trees. There are many vendors there, my guess is 30 or so. The other one is in the bigger town, Montrose, and it uses a newly created civic space in the center of town. It is on concrete and it can get hot, and there are half the number of vendors as in Ridgway. The market day in Ridgway is idyllic in many ways but Montrose is the market that provides more lookers and buyers.
So far the two most purchased shots are Golden Aspen and Dallas Peak in the Fall. I have gotten so many comments like, "your photos are gorgeous" so my ego is soaring. And I have repeat customers and had a bunch of interesting visitors. Among the people who have wanted to chat about my 'style', two were local artists who thought that my framing of most shots resembles what landscape artists frame in a painting which is how I describe my work. They were both thirtysomething and were very excited to see my shots and something clicked in both of their minds. The feeling I got from maybe inspiring young landscape painters was great and reminded me of how enthusiastic student comments felt in the past.
Another time a father brought his young son in to show him my Peak to Sea shot from Alaska to show him how the snowmelt connected the steep falls all the way to the fjord below. I was not expecting I would have a moment like that. I was expecting members of the local photography group to identify themselves and ask me to join there gang and that has indeed, happened. And many people have been amazed that 1) so many great shots could have been taken by my raggedy self and 2) or that all these shots were taken in a little over a year. I also get a lot of recommendations on where I must go to shoot, from other photobugs which is cool.
So Kiko and I are having a lot of fun at the farmers market. Kiko is such a sweet and gentle soul he charms people wherever he goes. One of my jobs is to get him to places where he can meet many people, so he greets some of the people who wander into the pop up. And there are other perks... Or you might like this in black and white...
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