Monday, September 19, 2011

The Art Festival

For weeks, we had been planning and preparing to host artists and art lovers here for a plein air art event.  Saturday was the day, and the weather didn't cooperate.

We woke up on Saturday morning, and it was chilly and cloudy and damp, with a threat of rain showers in the forecast.  This probably scared away most of our artists and spectators.  A few came, and we were happy to see them, but most stayed away. 

Let me show you a few snapshots from the day.  We set up an information and display booth to tell people what Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg is all about.  In our booth, we displayed some literature and dog paintings. 

The yellow lab painting is by Ed King, and the painting of TJ is by my husband ... it's not quite finished yet.

Let's take a closer look my husband's awesome portrait of TJ.  Here is the photo he used:

I took this photo of TJ in January.

... and this is what the painting looks like so far.  It's almost finished.

TJ's mom, Kim, didn't know about the painting, and she saw it for the first time on Saturday.  She cried ... I knew she would.

We had plenty of dogs to visit with the humans who came.  Here are Emma, Daniel, and TJ waiting at the kitchen door while we finish the last few details of set up.

Our non-greyhound representative was Marley, a super sweet Labrador Retriever.

I love this photo of Marley, in spite of its unfortunate background.

(Going off on a tangent .... have I ever told you that my first dog was a Lab?  Maybe not.  I'll have to dig out some photos and tell you about Murphy one day soon.)

Back to the subject at hand.  Even though we had few people at our event, it was still a lot of fun.  The people who did come were great ... I even had a couple of rose customers drop by.  What could have been a total bust turned out to be a really nice day.


  1. If I lived closer I would have attended. Sounded like a great way to spend a few hours.

  2. Your husband did a remarkable job painting TJ. That was a great photo to take the image from also. I really would have enjoyed the event, it combines so many of my loves, art gardens, and dogs. I am sure it was a great day.

  3. Your husband is a fantastic artist! The portrait is beautiful!

  4. Oh, simply beautiful art work~ Wow~

  5. I'm blown away by your husband's talent! BLOWN AWAY!

  6. Weather will do that to an event! I'm glad it turned out as well as it did. Gorgeous dog paintings.

  7. Isn't it amazing how weather affects EVERYTHING? Love the pictures of the pets! xo Diana

  8. Your hubby's painting is wonderful!
    Glad the day wasn't a total bust.

  9. Sorry the weather did not entirely cooperate. It is a good thing you did not have the art show here. We had non-stop rain all day.

  10. My heart beat
    faster at the
    sight of that
    painting; so so
    gorgeous, as
    was the photo
    that inspired
    it! Loved all
    the "reps" at
    the door, too : )
    xx Suzanne

  11. I am so sorry about the weather but so glad that you had a good day. The paintings are just gorgeous!!! Your husband did an amazing job! Greyhounds are such great dogs.


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