Every now and then, a conversation with art fair visitor in my booth will turn to setting up for the fair itself. Visitors are often surprised to find out that when we (the exhibiting artists) show up at the site, our space is completely barren. They express shock that everything they see in our booth, including the booth itself, was hauled to the site, set up in the wee hours of the morning (most of the time, we’re talking on site to begin setup at 5:00 a.m.), and ready to go by the festival opening (9:00 or 10:00 a.m.). That includes everything in the space that you can see, and some things you can’t (like our storage stashes).
Today was a fairly easy day: my sweetie Eric was available to help me! We were setting up in San Rafael for the Marin Art Fair, which is an easy 45 minute drive from my home. That means we got to sleep in! We left the house at about 9:00 a.m., and we had until 8:00 p.m. to finish. No stress – we even took Gracie, my Golden Retriever. And the best part: I get to sleep in my own bed each night!
The van was packed very carefully to get it all in.
And it all comes out!
So how long does it take to transform the stuff you see in the picture above into the display you see below?
Well, I’m having a contest. Go to my Exultation Arts Facebook page, “Like” it, and look for the contest. It opens Friday, June 14, and closes Monday morning, June 17, at 12:01 a.m. The prizes will be outlined in the Facebook post!
Answer: It took 3 hours and 54 minutes to transform the van load into the booth above.