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But severe storms on Tuesday….

Posted by C Scheftic on 2011/06/07

I did not go down to the Three Rivers Arts Festival today to take any more photos, but thought I should add a quick note.

This morning started out miserably gray and dreary, with all sorts of weather-related alerts and warnings. After they had expired and the sky had begun to lighten up, well, that’s when the severe winds suddenly arrived, catching all sorts of people by surprise.

The photo with this post is of the Koolkat Designs booth as the Festival opened on Friday. I include it now, despite its looking like there are few people around, because this shot is the best view I have of the variety of items on various glass and wire shelves, in bins and rotating towers, hanging around the sides, etc.

Tonight’s local news reports included interviews with some artists who had each lost thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, displays, and booths. But here’s the news we got from Kate tonight about “our” booth:

After a very intense storm this afternoon that saw about 20 artist lose their booths, we are happy to report that all is well at the Koolkat booth. It took 4 people to hold down the fort but thanks to Beth and Leroy we are back in business with no damage. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for the rest of the week!


For what it’s worth, only the three “gallery” booths remain for the entire time. Any of the individual artists who were there today would have packed up and headed out tonight anyway, to make room for the next wave of artists coning to the market tomorrow. While that doesn’t help with damages incurred, in the “be thankful for small favors” department, at least this happened on their last day. Here’s wishing the best to everyone who made it through today, and to everyone else who will be opening a booth in the morning.

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At least it’s cosy _inside_ my studio.

Posted by C Scheftic on 2011/01/11

The streets outside my studio were clear when I arrived at noon. I planned to meet a couple different people over there today. The first one was set to arrive at 1 pm, which is right when the snow started falling. The photo was taken around 4, while I thought there was still enough light to show the hill. It’s one of the lovely old brick streets in this neighborhood: great most of the time but slippery in situations like this. The snow was still falling when I left at 6:30, though just lightly by then. Hmmm, will I go over tomorrow?

I hope so! I’ll have to see what the weather brings. I have a number of pieces started and I’d like to make progress on them. I rarely start one piece and stick with it until it’s done. I’m far more likely to start several, and swap around among them. This isn’t a lack of focus on my part. (Yeah, sometimes I do have that problem, but it exhibits in other ways….) It’s more that I’ll start one and, while I’m waiting for that clay to dry some, I’ll start another, and perhaps yet another. Then I’ll move to a later step in the process for the first one. And so on. Sometimes, while working on one I’ll get an idea about something I’d rather do differently, on it or one of the others that are in the works. Nonetheless, that back-and-forth process seems to be more efficient than one-at-a-time. To me at least — what about you?

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Let the rains begin!

Posted by C Scheftic on 2010/06/07

Of course we should expect rain: the Three Rivers Arts Festival began on Friday, June 4th. This is the fifty-first such event.

You can find some of my fine silver jewelry at the KoolKat Booth, on Gallery Row, in Gateway Plaza by the fountain, in spaces 83-84.

Did you know: The three Galleries are the only booths that will be in the Artists Market for the entire length of the Festival? Individual artists can be there for either three days or five. Three-day booths are down by the Point, for one Friday-Saturday-Sunday stint. Five-day booths are up in the plaza, either the first Friday through Tuesday, or the second Wednesday through Sunday. (For a variety of behind-the-scenes reasons, there may be a few exceptions to those rules, but that’s how it works in general.) So you should try to get to the Market at least twice! And leave yourself time to see the various exhibits too, and listen to some of the wonderful live music.

And, of course, expect it to rain. It always does, for this Arts Festival. I was expecting rain, when I helped work at the booth on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. I was not, however, expecting the blustery storm on Friday night. (I hear it was even worse on Saturday!) Clearly, Kate hadn’t expected it to get quite that bad either, when she planned the booth. (This was the first time KoolKat has ever participated in this market.) Lovely pottery blew off tables onto the Plaza’s concrete floor of our booth. The pottery had been sitting on gorgeous handmade wooden tables whose legs were suddenly standing in several inches of water. (That fix was easy, if less than elegant: the legs acquired several layers of "stockings" of the shop’s plastic bags….) The humans who found themselves standing in three inches of water, on the other hand, just bore their misfortune together in rain-can’t-defeat-us solidarity.

The tornado-warning winds blew rainwater into the jewelry display cases. In general, the pieces themselves could withstand that onslaught, though the inks on many of the tags and a lot of the information about individual artists in the cases became smeared into watery rivulets. Artists’ business cards and display information were simply gone, but I was able to spend some time retagging most of the pieces themselves from information on the inventory sheets that had remained dry, tucked away in the back of the booth. Karen and I also spent time covering the leaky display-case joints with clear packaging tape.

Still, if I had to be in a festival cloudburst, the booth was a good place to be. We were under a tent, not out in the park. No one was injured. And we all learned some lessons that we’ll be able to work around for future shows. So, from the perspective of learning, can we say it was several hours well spent?

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How much snow is there?

Posted by C Scheftic on 2010/02/10

Maggie in Columbia, MD, reports that “There’s so much snow that kids are making snow angels … standing up!”

No snow angels in this shot, but here’s what it looks like in western Pennsylvania … now that the power that went out Friday night has been restored!

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