Burgersdorp’s Spring Somerfees.

We have just spent 2 days (14 & 15 October) at the Burgersdorp Somerfees. It was the culmination of weeks of painting, framing, card making and endless packing & preparation. John had framed 24 new pictures, and big folders of unframed paintings featured more prominently at this exhibition that ever before.

Africanpainting stall, Burgersdorp Somerfees 2011

Our stall, Burgersdorp Somerfees.2011

We arrived early on Friday morning, at 6.30 am and spent most of the morning erecting the stands and planning where to hang all the paintings. But the wind was a constant nuisance and by the end of Friday we thought it had all been a big mistake! Our first day was nothing short of disastrous and the very strong north-westerly wind blew all the cards and anything that was not tied down. We were also told that our north-facing tent structure had blown over on Thursday night! So we requested some extra ropes and tent pegs to try and secure it more firmly but with every gust of wind the whole roof ballooned; the structure shuddered & shook; and all our paintings rattled precariously on their stands. By the end of the day, with thunder and lightening looming and the wind gusting continually into our stall, we decided to pack up all 65 paintings again, and bring them home for safety-sake! I had taken photos of the arrangement of the paintings on Friday, which made it a simpler process, early on Saturday morning to remember the position of each one, as we re-hung them again. Saturday morning was a beautiful sunny and mostly windless day, so we could confidently pack out all the cards and calendars into the card-stands and lay out the folders of unframed paintings on the big table; along with the smaller items like gift tags and bookmarks.

The east end of the tent and the revolving card stand.

The east end of the tent and the revolving card stand.

Saturday also brought many more people enjoying a day out at the festival, and lots of familiar friends & visitors to our stall. With the state of the economy we did not expect to sell much, but felt that the exposure was important. Many of the local folk had never seen our painting display before.

west end of the stall

west end of the stall

Ultimately, we were really fortunate to sell a couple of paintings along with several cards and calendars.

A small vase of the first fragrant roses of my spring garden to brighten the display.

A small vase of the first fragrant roses of my spring garden to brighten the display.

How wonderful it was to see so many old friends that we have known for years, and to meet many new visitors to the festival who had come from neighbouring districts. Their warm-hearted friendliness & enthusiasm certainly has made it worthwhile in the end. I am even hopeful that there may be a few orders to follow, and those are always a welcome bonus!!

The card stands.

The card stands.

John in the stall

John in the stall

 

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3 Comments

  1. Posted 17 Oct 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Wow, you built an outdoor art gallery there!!! Looks good.

  2. Posted 18 Oct 2011 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    It looks amazing. Congratulations on the sales and I hope you do get the commissions rolling in too.

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