I spent all day Saturday in the booth talking with people who stopped by. There were collectors, art lovers big and small and many people who came to educate themselves about art. I happily explained what scanography is a few hundred times. I really enjoyed this opportunity to talk with people, answer their questions about my work and the gallery in Corning. I met many new and interesting people. Buffalo's art community is a very friendly one. There were several people who specifically came to the fair to see my insect works. It was really great to hear that word of these pieces has been traveling. One insect collector thanked me profusely for elevating insects to a place where people who are afraid of the real thing can still look closely and appreciate their beauty. That was a really nice thing to hear as I related the story of my own journey in growing to be able to bring myself to touch insects, so that I could actually work with them. Children at the fair also seemed to love my insects. I got a few tips for insect handling which may come in very handy if I do more work with insects in the future. The exchange of information was remarkable and I came away feeling recharged and excited to get back into my studio.
I'm not certain of the total count of visitors to Echo Art Fair this year, but as of this afternoon my friend and fellow artist, Diane Janowski told me that she had counted around 7680 visitors by 5:00 PM today. That's a lot of art lovers. I also was featured today in the photo galleries of Buffalo's newspaper, The Buffalo News. That's pretty fun. I was interviewed yesterday for a video feature about Echo Art Fair in Buffalo Spree which should be out sometime this week. That was also a very nice experience.
All in all I enjoyed my experience and look forward to doing it again in the future. Thanks Buffalo, Exhibit A and Echo Art Fair for a great weekend of art!