July 14, 2014

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2014

On July 4, 5 and 6 2014 Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto transformed into a huge art gallery with over 350 artists of all disciplines showing and selling their works at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE). I was fortunate enough to be one of those artists! I spent the weekend in booth G32 showing my works to the lovely people of Toronto. 

The sun was shining, there was free ice-cream and so much amazing artwork to enjoy! Don't get me wrong, working an outdoor exhibition like this is exhausting but boy was it fun! The exhibition drew a big crowd on all three days, our booth was busy basically from start to finish each day and even while we were packing-up the artwork in the evenings, people would still come into our booth to ask questions and take business cards!

I was lucky to have my lovely husband work the booth with me the entire weekend, I don't think I could have done it without him! I was invaluable to have someone there to help with the loading, setting up and taking down and who will make sure you stay hydrated and well fed :)

The organization was absolutely amazing! They were super helpful, there were tons of volunteers walking the exhibition and even loading and unloading in, what was basically a huge construction zone, went as smoothly as possible. 

And most importantly, art was selling! We sold quite a few original paintings as well as a bunch of limited edition prints! and we weren't the only ones, all around people were walking around with artwork that they bought, it was amazing! 

It was my first time doing TOAE and I was thoroughly impressed by not only the organization but also the crowds that it drew. I would love to be part of the exhibition again next year and I hope to be able to do more similar events in the future. 

In my next Creative Ramblings video I will talk in a bit more detail about all the preparation that go into doing a show like TOAE. For now I would like to take this opportunity to thank my husband, the TOAE organization and all my fellow exhibitors for making TOAE2014 an awesome experience! 

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