Monday, October 1, 2007

Open Studios!

Saturday and Sunday I participated in the city-wide Open Studios in Lowell, MA. It was a big deal and everyone at Western Avenue Studios had been working toward it for weeks and months.

I set up a little welcome station with a fruit plate and water along with a beautiful flowering mum my friend Mirja gave me as a birthday/studio warming gift.

I paid to be listed in the LOS literature and on the website. It seems like we had a good turnout though I don't know exact numbers.

We in the A mill were at a bit of a disadvantage being a new section and a bit off the beaten path from the main building. But Greg of Mill City Photography, Donna Berger and others helped make signage to direct people our way. I contributed a handpainted sign that I hope got people's attention.

I had plenty of items to fill my displays so I didn't have to scramble to make things. I did offer needle-felting demonstrations both days and that is always good because I actually make more flowers while showing people how I do it! In fact I ended up completing three pins over the weekend. My polymer clay eggs were a big hit along with the felty flower pins and mom's cards. But I got positive comments on all my items, which is really encouraging and very satisfying. Especially from other artists in the building! I find the other artists at WAS to be supremely friendly and helpful and I'm very much enjoying the camaraderie. Other artists also bought from me which is a huge compliment! Amber who spins and creates knitting patterns and knit sculpture bought a string of my handmade beads in the morning...

...and came back in the afternoon wearing a necklace she designed with her studio-mate who makes jewelry!

D came and kept me company for several hours and that was wonderful since I was missing spending the weekend with him which we really enjoy, even when we have to do things like buy groceries. Other friends and neighbors stopped in, I always love seeing a friendly face as well as meeting new folks. Overall it was very enjoyable and I wish it happened more than once a year! Luckily, I have first Saturdays to look forward to every month. Hopefully, as we are nearing the holidays, the attendance for those will increase.

Update on other shows: I did not get into Bazaar Bizarre, not bizarre enough I'm guessing. But that's OK! I have an application in to participate in stART on the street's holiday show at the Worcester DCU (the Centrum!) on December 9th. I really hope I get into that. I feel like the Worcester crowd likes my stuff and I would be sharing with Liz of Lush Beads again, we make a good team :) And don't forget I will be at the South End Open Market for their last show of the season on October 28th!


  1. Liz, you are such an inspiration! Your studio looks better and better every time I see it and you did so well this weekend. I couldn't be happier for you. =)

  2. It must be cool to see what other people do with your beads. How fun!

  3. What fun, open studios. I am sure you wowed them all with your work and your sparkling personality.

  4. Your set-up looks so inviting, attractive and charming!!

    Your orange sign is beautiful. I would follow it with enthusiasm.

    See you soon!!!
    Love, Mom

  5. Your studio looks just grand!! I'm so glad you had a successful Open Studio. Yay!

  6. Your studio looked great and I felt very welcome by your fruit plate. :-D

    We won't hear about stART until mid-November! wah! Hateful. I am looking into battery-operated electrical alternatives, because I refuse to pay an extra $70-$90 for electricity.