why October?

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Posted by Luann Udell on August 29, 2001 at 16:40:45:

In Reply to: Re: Planning an Open Studio event posted by John on August 29, 2001 at 09:43:25:

: Hi Luann,

: A couple of comments. Why end October, and not early December? Have you tourists in town for the Pumpkin Fest or to see the foliage then? What makes end October a buying experience time?

My contact at the local college (associated with the art gallery there) suggested the open studio coincide with their Parents' Day--lots of people from out of town looking for activities to do in the town. I've mixed feelings about doing the next weekend to coincide with Pumpkin Festival--the event draws tons of visitors from all over the region. (We're in the Guiness Book of Records for the most jack-o'lanterns on display!) The advantage might be that many people come into town for that Saturday, but the real "event" is in the evening, when the pumpkins are lit. That day might be a good "snag" for early visitors. It's certainly very festive! ;^) Although not sure how it would be for a shopping day....
The other reasons for October would be it's autumn in New England, always a big draw. And you're also almost guaranteed not to be done in by a huge snowstorm (which can happen later in the season.) Drawback is that it's still a little early for holiday gift-buying.
Also, John, I will have small sculptures and cards and framed prints. I'm toying with the idea of selling off the hundreds of gift frames I bought two years ago, for an idea that didn't pan out, also selling off a vintage jewelry collection.
As for joining with other artists, I'm really divided about that. My experience with similar situations (self-mounted exhibits, etc.) has been that I'm usually the only who shows up & does the work. And that it's sort of too last-minute to bring in other people. *But* I'm always happy to hear other input about this. I can always add other artists to the mix next year. It would certainly split the $$ and work, and maybe be fun!
I've had a lot of people express interest in seeing my studio, so I'm hoping there's enough for a "critical mass" of people.

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