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The Bytesmiths Editions Newsletter June 2000

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Trip Report: Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts

We just returned from our first ever arts festival exhibition. Carol and I learned how to set up a booth properly. (Just one hour before opening, we discovered we had set up our tent backwards, facing the opposite direction of all the other booths, but we managed to get things switched around before the official opening. :-)

Unfortunately, the weather was not at its best, and the crowd was, for the most part, more interested in temporary tattoos and caramel corn than limited edition fine art. On one side, we had wool clothing and novelty items from the Andes, and two doors down were wood-block toys, together with peas, onions, and asparagus, so it wasn't exactly a fine art event.

We talked to other vendors who agreed that two digits was about all people were willing to spend. We were next to a glass blower who, based on past experience with this event, brought only items under $25, even though he has some wonderful large, unique pieces. A watercolor artist concurred -- her 5x7 open edition reproductions sold okay at $10, but her large limited edition reproductions didn't, and her $700 to $2,500 originals just sat there and looked lovely.

But we sold a few note cards, handed out over 150 brochures to interested people, and got lots of great compliments -- that makes it a worth-while trip!

Here is the 20 prints we had on exhibit.

What this does not tell you is the print material. (I have to have to fix the exhibit catalog software so it will do so.) All eleven 16"x20" prints were on translucent material in double-glazed frames, for hanging in windows.

Although people enjoyed looking at the translucent prints inside the tent, I think the uniqueness of the media didn't get through -- people acted surprised when I told them about it. Then I would take a print out in the sunshine, and their jaws would drop!

At one point, I was so frustrated that I walked to three different thrift stores, looking for a nice coat tree so I could hang a translucent print outside. What I ended up with (visible in the first link, above) was one of those flimsy things for hanging clothes while ironing. After a few hours, I bumped it and it fell, shattering Receding Hearts in the process.

Then, DUH! I realized I had several sturdy camera tripods with me, and used one for hanging a print outside. But people still didn't quite "get it!"

So I need a public education campaign. I have some signs planned for the next show, and will also bring a thin slide-viewing light so people can experience the glowing nature of this wonderful media. I'm also planning a large demonstration banner attached to the ceiling above the prints that explains the process of making a digital fine art print.

The 24"x36" Winter Bigleaf Maple was also on translucent film, and we hung it from the center of the tent, so it could easily be viewed on both sides from the street, but very few people actually noticed it was viewable on both sides until it was specifically pointed out. Here is how it looks when hanging in a sunlit window.

The larger prints got a lot of attention. One experienced photographer got to within a few inches, looked intently, then asked me what large format equipment I was using! Another person did a similar careful inspection, then began asking me about my darkroom equipment! So I'm convinced these prints are of the quality for which I've been striving.

All considered, the Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts was a great place to meet some friendly people, make some mistakes, and learn some lessons. Although we look forward to some of the more "artsy" festivals coming up, we'll probably return to Port Angeles next year to see our new friends again.


Misc Stuff

The result of last month's poll was that about a third of those responding said they wanted "multimedia" -- as much content as I could throw at them, about a third said they didn't care, and about a third said "plain text." Some of the "plain text" people were quite convincing in their arguments, and so I've decided to keep the newsletter simple, but with links to pertinent material on my web site.

On the Mac, you can simply hold down the command key -- the one with the cloverleaf on it -- and click on the links inside angle brackets (<>). On Windows, you should be able to use the right mouse button on those links.

After each link, I've included the file size, so you can decide if you want to wait for the link to load. If you use a dial-up phone line to connect to the Internet, you probably don't want to click on links that are much over 160k or so.

For those of you who have been wanting one of our prints -- or Carol's jewelry -- but have not found it convenient, we now have a toll-free number, and we accept payment from all major credit cards! So call in your order to: 877-635-3229, which, except for the "877," is the same as our regular number, 503-635-3229.

Carol will soon be up with her own web site, but for now, you can view or download her brochure. (306k)

My brochure (334k) is finally out, crafted with care at 4AM the day before we were heading off for the Juan De Fuca festival.

I should apologize about two things: 1) the brochure says that each one is unique, because the images it contains are random, but the version on the web site is not, and because of that, 2) there is no possibility that any of the images will match each other, so you can't win a prize. Sorry!

(You can call, write, or email if you'd like your very own randomly-generated brochure and a chance at winning a free note card. :-)


This Month

  • On Saturday, June 17, I'll be joining Keith and Judy Clark at their Heart Gallery Wine Tasting, 7912 SE 13th St, Portland (Sellwood), Oregon. I currently have seven prints (68k) on display there, and will probably bring some more to the tasting.
  • June 23-25 (Friday-Sunday): Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, about 15 minutes south of Portland. We missed the jury deadline, but will be submitting three works to the open show. This is in the Lakewood Center For The Arts, 368 South State Street.
  • June 30 - July 2 (Friday-Sunday): Art and the Vineyard, Eugene, Oregon, about 3 hours south of Portland. This is a juried show, and we're proud to be invited to exhibit on the strength of the slides (both of Carol's jewelry and Jan's photography) we sent to the selection committee. I'm hoping it will be a more receptive crowd than we had in the Juan De Fuca festival.

Tour Schedule

Together with Crafted By Carol jewelry, we're planning a busy summer schedule of arts and crafts fairs throughout the Pacific Northwest. If you happen to be in one of these locations at the right time, please stop by to see our prints and jewelry, and to say "hello!"

  • July 28-29 (Friday-Saturday): Music and Art Festival, Chehalis, Washington, about 90 minutes north of Portland or south of Seattle.
  • August 5-6 (Saturday-Sunday): Nehalem Art Festival, Nehalem, Oregon, about 90 minutes southwest of Portland, on the Pacific coast.
  • August 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday): West Seattle Art, Nature, Literature Festival, about 3 hours north of Portland.
  • (Alternate) August 19 (Saturday): 2000 Festival of the Arts, Harbor, Oregon, about 6 hours southwest of Portland, on the Pacific coast.
  • September 1-30: exclusive showing of some 30 prints in the Streff Gallery, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon, about 20 minutes south of Portland.
  • September 16-17 (Saturday-Sunday): Rockaway Beach Autumn Festival, about 90 minutes southwest of Portland, on the Pacific Coast.
  • September 30 - October 1 (Saturday-Sunday): Portland Open Studios, an open house of our own studio, along with those of some 30 other Portland-area artists.

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