So I am sure you are all wondering how I did with my recent art festival, AthFest.
• I made back the booth fee, plus a little more
• Lots and lots of people were exposed to my art
• I handed out every business card I brought with me
• I had one or two serious lookers at my large, fiber-based prints and gliclee canvas print.
• I determined which photo products sold the best at that event, puzzles and onesies.
•My friends told me not only did I look and act professional, but that people had looks of awe and wonder when viewing my art.
• The heat was like an entity, and totally and utterly draining.
• None of my friends came to help me set up or break down. A volunteer helped me set up, and a neighbor helped me break down the tent, otherwise, it was just me and the heat.
• I got a bruise as big as a tennis ball on my shoulder breaking down the tent, which still hasn’t completely healed.
• It has taken me about 10 days to fully recover from a weekend in that heat.
The food for thought….
AthFest had fundamentalist Christian protesters. Apparently, our music and dancing was a sin, paving the road to hell, and the artists were simply out to make a buck, and we needed to repent our materialistic ways.
• The following link goes to an article in the local paper about the protesters. http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-06-20/evangelicals-preach-during-athfest
• The protesters were not from Athens, but from Kentucky.
• I counter-protested them chanting: Creativity is a gift from God, Using my creativity is my gift back to God.
• My friend Eric, who visited the week after, also pointed out that Not using my creativity is an insult to God. However, I think He/She is a compassionate Divinity of Love, and is not capable of ever being offended and insulted by us.
• I was so pumped from counter-protesting them, I made a sale to the next person who stopped by my booth.
• The protesters claimed their rights were violated because the ACC police made them leave the festival area. In my opinion, the ACC police prevented the festival-goers from violating their rights even more. (It was turning into a mob-like situation).
• I do have to thank The PinPoint Ministry, because by exercising their right to Freedom of Speech, they also protect my right to Freedom of Speech. In addition, they have given me the opportunity to express myself, and exercise my Freedom of Press as well.
• When I left on Saturday, I drove by their protest, and felt delight that a local was playing a saxophone in counter protest to their bullhorn.