Monday, October 6, 2008

Ghoultide Gathering Report!

What a weekend....Seriously, I'm having trouble writing this because I'm not sure I can even do it justice...

It was an absolutely amazing show - even better than last year, which I didn't even think was possible!

Mother Nature smiled on us with PERFECT fall weather - sunny and cool, and just gorgeous in a historic setting like Mill Race Village with all the leaves turning - couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere!

We arrived at 7AM and there were already lines in front of both buildings, several people having driven and flown in from out of state, determined to have first pick of all the Halloween eye candy on display.....And we're talking a LOT of eye candy! Check out the lineup here by clicking on "artists". Once again, I felt like the cool kids were letting me sit at their table, hehe....

Artists and collectors alike were an inspiration, and I came home with my head spinning thinking of possibilties for next year's show (easy to do when every comment we heard included anticipation of next year already!)

After the show we had dinner with a few visiting artist and collector friends, which was an absolute delight, my only regret being that time and a very long table didn't allow for more conversation with everyone. In addition to meeting up with friends from last year, I met several EHAG and PFATT artists for the first time, and of course all the collectors, both old and new - very exciting, and always the best part of any show!

I went a bit crazier than last year in terms of the amount of work I produced for this one, but still only came home with a few pieces, which will be interspersed with new work on both eBay and Etsy over the next couple of weeks - so if there's a piece you missed at the show, please check the listings. :)

Finally, have to give a shout to Scott Smith of Rucus Studio and the Rawsons of The Whimsical Whittler for pulling all this off - a tremendous amount of work and year-long preparation goes into producing a show like this, and as an artist, it's such a pleasure to do a show that is not only well organized and advertised, but where we're made to feel right at home and all the little details are covered - BIG thanks!

It's back to work today - new designs to be sketched, commissions to begin, and probably a bit of long neglected housework too. ;)

I'll leave you with a few photos - a couple of my own display and a couple taken outside. Not wanting to step on toes, I didn't shoot anyone else's display, but I know there will be photos soon on the other artists sites and blogs, as well as the Ghoultide Gathering blog....

The little church building where we were located:

A couple of close-ups of the table display:

Scott Smith's fabulous pumpkins (displayed outside), which were auctioned and went home with some very lucky collectors:

I can hardly wait until next year!!

~ Carolee


vintagepaletteart said...

Welcome home Carolee!!!! I knew you would have a good show!!! And I WANT that wagon AND the pumpkin heads in it!!!

Email me.............=o)

Melissa Valeriote said...

Holy wow!!! Thanks for a peek at your magical table and all those goodies!! Congratulations on another successful show!

Designs by CK said...

GREAT Carolee!!! ~ Glad it was a BIG SUCCESS 4 U!!!

SpOOky Cheers,
Chris :-D)

*retro-rudolphs* said...

So much fun!! ~ I can't wait until next year too!


Jennifer said...

Wish I could have been there! Maybe next year:)

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

How on earth did you get all of that in your car?!!!! Not only do you paint beautifully, you need a "packer of the year" award. So glad the show was such a success for you and your fearless leader, Scott, who out did himself on those pumpkins!
Yeah for you and the other artists!!!!

suzanne.artist said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures Carolee, glad to see there are passionate Halloween collectors out there!

Halloween rules!

Marie Patterson Studio said...

Love your work!

Linda said...

Looks incredible, we dont have a history much here in England for celebrating halloween. Its a shame some of the most fun parties I have ever attended were Halloween and New Years fancy dress ones.

Sarah said...

looks awesome!! So glad to hear it was a success! We need to get together soon... you NEED a day off and I have another Cheesecake Factory Gift Card :)

Leah's Art Magic said...

Oh Carolee! Glad you had a great show! Wish I could have been there!
Those punpkins Scott made are terrific!!!


Kathy's Prims said...

Wow Carolee! Looked like a great show! Sorry I missed ya on your way through! Next year!! LOL

KayEllen said...

so much Halloween eye candy!!
What a talented artist!!!

So glad I stopped by:)
Have a bootiful time at the party!