West Greenville Arts Fest

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rain all weekend + outdoor art shows does NOT equal a good time











Saturday, September 19, 2009: 10-7pm
Sunday, September 20, 2009: 10-5pm

Located in the Pendleton Arts District, just west of downtown Greenville, SC: This event, devoted to the visual arts, will be the first of its kind in the historic, newly renovated Pendleton Street Arts District. The street festival will not only feature booth artists, food vendors, live music, and children’s activities, but will also encourage interaction with the existing galleries and businesses located in West Greenville through a walking tour of the area.


On Saturday, September 19, 2009 I awoke to the sound of rain pounding down on the roof of our house. At 6am we had to be near downtown Greenville in the Pendleton Street Arts Districtto start setting up for my first show in exactly 365 days. RAIN is no friend to the outdoor art show. (That’s why the magazine is called “SUNSHINE ARTIST”.)

After I got my panic under control (I’m acutally not joking about that) it actually did stop raining. And did not start up again until about 6:30am, just enough time for us to make it downtown and at least get the roof up on my tent. (Did I mention we were also carting along our 6-year old who had a high fever so we didn’t feel we could leave him with a friend.) There were MANY other poor souls we watched assemble their tent while showers of blessings rained down on them, so we were honestly so thankful to be relatively dry.

We got the ceiling put on to my awesome Trimline Tent, just as the floodgates of heaven were let loose.



My vibrant oil paintings really stood out against the dreary weather.


My booth at the West Greenville Arts Fest 2009
At least my work was safe and dry inside my water-tight tent.



The show was really well-planned, but unfortunately the pouring rain kept most people away for most of Saturday and basically all of Sunday.

The weather did not make for the greatest welcome back into the art show circuit. However, the fact that everything that could have possibly went wrong did go wrong — yet I still survived — was a valuable life lesson for a controlling person like myself to have experienced.


One of the talented artists I met this weekend was another Greenville, SC painter —  Janina Tukarski Ellis.



Janina and her husbands helped make the dreary weekend more fun. Misery loves company!

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