Outside art fairs are our primary source of income - in March 2020, art fairs started cancelling little by little and then like an avalanche, they all came tumbling down. Overnight we, like so many artists across the US became unemployed at the most inopportune time, the summer and fall months for most artists are the only months they participate in art fairs. Our first art fair that did not cancel was in Glenview, Illinois - just far enough out of the city of Chicago to be free of some of the very strict safety guidelines imposed on the heavily populated city gatherings. There were many safety precautions imposed on the promoter (Amy Amdur of Amdur Productions): 1. Only 25 booths allowed in at the event - spaced 10 feet or more apart on all sides 2. Only 50 patrons allowed in the roped off event area at any time 3. All patrons entering the event space must pre-register to enter for a specific time slot 4. All patrons entering the event must wear face masks, answer questions, and have their temp taken 5. Walking traffic through the event would go in only one direction, you had to circle around to go back 6. All artists were required to have hand sanitizer, masks, wipes, and an electronic means to conduct sales 7. All artists were required to wear masks at all times. 8. Just to make it seem like a real art fair, a storm must come up at the last minute and rain must fall
I did 4 facebook live sessions to show how we redesigned our booth so all of our display faced outward - there was no interior display area so patrons did not have to enter a confined space to veiw our pottery. I am going to attempt to attach 3 of the facebook live sessions below. You should be able to click on these links and see our booth set up, the art fair set up, and watch as I discuss some of the pottery found in our booth that weekend.