Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Lasting Effects of Artfest

So it's been 2 months since Artfest.  Why it's taken me so long to post about it is beyond me - regardless, I'm here now.  It's kind of interesting to reflect on it now though, as it shows what's really stuck with me about the experience.  

Let's start it off with my wine drinking buddy, Mindy Lacefield!  I had such a good time hanging out & laughing with Mindy - it really wouldn't have been the same without her.  And it was such an honour to help her as she debuted at the Artist's Marketplace.  This chick was on fire & practically sold out of everything!  And might I add that Teesha quickly swooped up 3 of her original paintings?  It was so cool watching Mindy shine and it was so much fun watching people swoon over her art!
If you haven't seen it before, you need to go check her out NOW!  

Me and Mindy Lacefield - photo by Mindy
I can't forget to show this piece that Mindy created for me as a thank you for helping her at her table.  It's complete with a camera & my favourite hat...she's so thoughtful!

 Workshops.  Yes, the workshops.  I tried to pick things that I didn't have a lot of experience with...tried to push myself out of my comfort zone.  And I did!  My jewellery making class with Nina Bagley was a tad frustrating because I realized I brought the wrong kind of silver wire, but the encaustic and plaster class with Patricia Seggebruch was so much fun!  She's so inspiring and a great teacher - I will definitely be buying some wax soon.  And then the Wood Totems class with Karen Michel was awesome too!  I actually had a finished piece from the class...which doesn't happen with me often as I like to take my time!    
yummy wax!
Wood Totem example done by Karen Michel
I had a blast hanging out with these ladies below!  They are so creative, hilarious and overall awesome!  My only regret is that I didn't take a class from Sunny.  But I bought a hat from her so I don't feel so bad. She's so talented - go check out her stuff! 

Sunny Carvahlo, Cheryl McCloud, Kathie Vezanni
I only met Michelle briefly - over late night doodling & wine.  I wish I would have taken one of her classes - maybe next time!  But you know when you meet someone & you just know they're kick ass?  She's so creative and inspiring.  And that hat?  Love.  A little secret about me...I LOVE funky hats.  So of course I had to love Michelle. 

Michelle Allen and me - photo by Mindy Lacefield 
Ok, and this is not a very good picture...but notice that bookmark below?  It says Dream.  It's the cutest thing and was generously given to me by Regina as a trade - even though I didn't give her anything in return.  Side note: If you go to Artfest don't forget to bring trades!  I didn't get a chance to chat with her much at Artfest, but since I've been home I've been obsessed with her posts on Creative Kismet.  Let me tell you, there is nothing that this girl can't do!  She dabbles in everything and is bravely going after her dreams.  Another little secret about me...I LOVE watching people follow their dreams.    

Ok!  I better stop there!  You're probably tired of reading by now...  :)


  1. love this post! so want to get there!
    and seeing you and mindy together warms
    my heart.

  2. Who cares if it took you 2 months to write it?? You get to live it again and remember all that cool stuff and then share it with us. Looks totally awesome!!

  3. i'm with patty....i kind like that its been a bit since we went. it really brings back wonderful memories and because its not as fresh in my mind, its very special. thank you kate for all that you are to me....a wonderful friend, creative, and photographer....and inspiration. love you dear girl!!!


  4. ahhhh, this is such a sweet and memorable post. hey, waiting 2 months lets me relive it too! good memories, great fun and the best thing - new friends! it was wonderful to meet you and Mindy. you're both so warm and cuddly. definitely a highlight of my artfest. :)