Celebration of Fine Art

Preparing for the Celebration of Fine Art

The Celebration of Fine Art is a 10 week art show that is held in Scottsdale, Arizona, everyday from 10 am to 6 pm with about 100 artists participating. That’s right, it’s open every single day. This year the show is opening on Sat, Jan 12 and ending on Sunday, March 24.  We will be open for a special preview party for collectors on Friday night. So, that means that our booths need to be up and ready to go at about noon on Friday.

Artists come from all over to participate in the show. which has been ongoing for over 20 years. It’s a show like no other. Three large tents connected into a “U” shape will be the studio and gallery for the artists for 10 weeks.  It’s a juried show in which we display our art in a booth and set up a studio space so that we can work while the public comes through the show. The patrons can watch art being created and interact with the artists.

I have done the show for about 12 or so years (I can’t remember exactly how long). I took  the last two years off to pursue some other things with my art, but I’m back this year. I did miss the interaction with the other artists and I also like the interaction with the customers. I’ve made some lifelong friends through this show and see some of the same customers year after year who stop by my booth.

I’ll be posting more about the show, so that you can get a sense of what it is about. But, right now, I’ve been getting ready for the last 6 months and working very hard at it for the last two months. My booth has two walls, each 12′ long by 8′ high, standing at about a 120 degree angle. My booth is about 10′ deep. On one side I will construct a short wall about 8′ long that will divide my space from my next door neighbors.

The walls are the only thing that will be in the space for me. As I said, there will be some construction going on. I’ll add a small closet for storage, put track lighting in, paint the walls and then carpet the whole space. This is the basics. I made my list of things to get together  some time ago, both functional things and products.

Some of the things on my list are as follows:

  • 1 gal. of paint
  • lumber
  • siding for closet and wall
  • track lights
  • wire, receptacles, switch
  • carpet
  • carpet tape
  • name sign
  • booth number
  • qr code (something new for me this year)
  • broshures, cards, promotional materials
  • greeting card packs
  • my easel
  • smaller taboret than what is in the studio
  • paint and paint supplies
  • chair and stool
  • small vacumn
  • music while I paint
  • easel light
  • canvas, frames, framing materials for use while at the show
  • hammer & hanging tools (I need to replace those paintings that I sell)
  • cushioned mat for standing on the cement
  • coffee cup

I’m sure there are a few things that I am forgetting here, but you get the idea. I need everything I can fit into my space to make it workable and comfortable without going overboard. Then, of course the paintings and some prints. I’ve been stacking the framed pieces, ready to go and hang on the walls.

Comments for this post

  1. Stevie Denny December 23, 2012, 5:53 pm

    Hi Becky, it will be great to see you back at the Celebration! I’ll be working in the booth for the Scottsdale Artists’ School.

  2. Cathy December 25, 2012, 8:57 am

    How exciting! I’m headed there to meet up with my sister (those are her baskets in the photo) in February. I’ll be looking for you and I can’t wait to visit your booth.

  3. Joan Langdon March 28, 2013, 10:49 pm

    Hi Becky, I chatted with you a bit at this year’s show and love your work. I enjoyed reading the story of how you got where you are. While I am not depressed and do have a supportive husband, money is tight and I am a lot older than you were when you started (67). I retired from an office job two years ago and have jumped into art with both feet and them some. I am so excited to have the time to learn and paint. It’s slow going as I still work part time as a face painter. This sounds like a fluff job but it is hard work but at least it involves holding a paint brush while working. Your story inspires me to keep at it. I have taken many workshops, bought lots of books and videos, entered (and won) a few contests and joined several local art associations. Sometimes I fell like I have bitten off more than I can chew but I am having a ball and feel so terrific when I see even a tiny improvement in my artwork. I think it is time for me to slow down with the workshops and just paint – that is how I will improve. Thank you for your story. I really enjoyed reading it.
    Joan Langdon
    http://www.PartyArtByJoan.com (Facepainting)
    http://www.JoanLangdon.com (Fine Art)

    1. admin March 28, 2013, 11:21 pm

      Joan, so glad to have met you. Art is certainly energizing and fun. Workshops are important to get the basics, but there is a time when just painting over and over is what you need to do. Good luck painting.


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