Last show of the year, it has been one hell of a long year, racked up 38 shows, seen a lot of stuff, met a lot of people. Put about 27k miles on our van, shredded a belt, got a chip in the window and might need batteries and tries before we hit the road again. But other than that we are going strong and will be eager to take on more come March.
This one in Albuquerque seemed like a good place to stop since we had 2 more back to back shows with this one, but we couldn’t afford one (we weren’t doing so good in Minnesota when the fee had to be paid) and the other we didn’t get into. So instead of heading west we are content with staying in Texas and working. Sorry Arizona and SoCal you wont be seeing us this year.
Before heading out we had a pre-thanksgiving party, with a little less than 40 people at the ranch. Then we washed all our clothes, filled up all our tanks and hit the road. We drove all the way to Carlsbad, NM and stayed at a Wal-Mart then got into Albuquerque late afternoon Wednesday and did a little work.
Setup on Thanksgiving day was easy, we were parked about 50 feet from the door, which was where we stayed all weekend. We had power so that was great, although we had to fight a bit to get water but the sloppy spot worked well. All the organizers were so helpful and kind, it even seemed like they all knew my name and who I was (could be I wear t-shirts and a hat with my logo on them). Coffee and coffee cake was aplenty and the building looked great.
Black Friday or as I refer to it as "Nemo Friday" cuz black nemo just didn’t sound right - Well the lines of people were waiting by the door to get in, the rain held a few people back but people did show up on time. If felt like the early ones knew what they wanted and they were just looking for their artists. However a lot of people I talked to were looking to see new art and not the same ole same ole. Seems we fit that bill and even got a few sales. It did slow down a little after lunch but we did alright. Its cold outside but warm inside. We did our part by buying homemade bread, goat cheese and noodles from the food section of the show. How did you support the small businesses during Black Friday?
Black Saturday or what the online community is calling Small Business Saturday - We start off with frozen water in our van, I didn’t think it messed up anything, it just didn’t let the water run. Luckily no rain and the sun came up. We had a steady flow of people walking in and out of our booth, nothing exciting but nothing disappointing. The other artists all seemed to have mixed reviews of the show, some were banking it topping past shows and some weren’t doing as well, one lady left a day early since she was heading toward the worst show in her life.
Don’t call it a Black Sunday but we got more of the same action from Saturday - We did have a good sale late in the day and a great commission of the Leaning Tower Of Pisa which put us in a good place, still we could have always done better. Best part was load out was super easy and we were outta there before the sun went down.
When talking to other artists we got a lot of “you need to build a name” type talk. Which makes sense in general and when I see people walking in the door walking over to someone buying a piece then walking out it seems to really hit home. To become one of these artist who has a strong following and collectors who make sure to buy a piece or two from their favorite artist every year is mighty powerful. However that takes years and years of work so you might find us back at this show next year building on the foundation we laid out this weekend, plus a few other shows in New Mexico and Art Attacking Arizona (we will make the Southwest love us) is still pretty high on my list. So till next year, its back to Texas and back to working for now.