|"Soft in the Head"|
established Halloween extravaganza I got to see and hug long time friends and family that I have never met in person or been away from for 10 or more years. This trip was more than business it was life changing.
them both! The best part of doing this caliper of show is the camaraderie among the artists that comes alive. We all have similar history and when we come together in a
|Edgar and Edgar|
|Jorge de Rojas|
Halloween and Vine was completely different from what I was use to. My sales were not what I was hoping they would be but then again I was the new kid and art shows like this are all about collectors and collectors are built over a period of time. I did, however, surprise many and was received with the smiles and giggles that "Soft in the Head" is known for and have quite a few NEW collectors that will definitely be looking for us next year.
Speaking of collectors I had one of the best experiences ever, I had one of my favorite collectors drive from New York to see us and she even gave me the gift of a lifetime, a "David Everett" original. Shelly and Wayne Wilson are
two of the sweetest people and to see their faces definitely tugged at my heartstrings. I wish we could of had more time together....I miss them so much! Shelly had Wayne wait in line to get my gift, one I will treasure always. David does NOT sell early to anyone his collectors are important and since they are the ones waiting in line they come first....really admire his integrity!
I can't say enough about this wonderful experience and all the people involved putting this iconic show together. It has the feel of the old time craft shows we all grew up with but within its walls it holds the imagination and skills of amazing artists that put pieces of their hearts and soul into each piece of their work. It reminds me a bit of a magical "Portobello Road" for Halloween. A huge thank you to Stephanie, Kerry and Kimberlee! I hope that I will get the opportunity to return! It was a wonderful experience!
Part of our trip to Petaluma also included seeing and staying with family in Napa, Ca. It has been almost 11 years since I have seen many of our family and this was such an exciting time. Dan
and I got a wee bit nostalgic as we drove past Mt. Shasta as we remembered our time living there, one of the best times ever! The morning of
"Halloween and Vine" we were greeted with the flight of hot air balloons over Napa which is pretty common and always exciting to see. After the show ended it was time for the family gathering. There is nothing better than a "Gracia" family get together...it is
|Our niece Ally, her son Jace and Dan|
|Our niece Elizabeth "Bits" and her sons|
|Dan's Mom, Grandma Deenie|