Saturday, April 10, 2010

long day but inspiring

Today I rode along to St. Louis with my dad. For me that is a 3 hour drive. We went to see the annual Spring Art Fair at Queeny Park. It didn't disappoint. It was chocked full of very talented artists of different walks of life... and medium. My dad used to attend the show as an artist for 10 years to be exact, but as he has gotten older, and works full time... he is too tired to do much creating after working all day. He and I both got fired up though as we walked along the colorful and inspiring show. He has plans after retirement to get back into the scene and I'll bet he will do more of the gallery route as he rediscovers how exhausting it is. Plus, Mom was always there for moral support and his own personal cheerleader and with her gone... well it's just not the same. We both talked about how much we missed her and would point out pieces to one another that we knew she would love.

The crowd was about what you would expect when it is a gorgeous spring Saturday in April. But I did see people walking around with bags of their purchases. I hope they all sold something and at least paid the booth fee. I know first hand how disheartening that can be to not sell at a show. I picked up a few pieces myself and will post a few pictures as soon as I download them from my camera. I just love to have real art in my home and wish I had a billion dollars to help support the incredible talent out there.

We had a great time and I could tell he was glad to do something fun for a change instead of just stay home. We chatted the whole time back and driving home flew by. For those of you near that area, the art fair is going on again on Sunday from 11-4 and you can download a $1 off coupon to enter, which is only $5 anyway. I hope everyone is having a great weekend.


  1. that sounds like a real good time with dad :)) it feels warm and fuzzy. didn't know your dad's an artist too ... art runs in the family :)

  2. This is exactly what both of you need to do! Share a common interest and remember how wonderful your mother was and is! What a great day and memory! Thanks for sharing this. It's hard to pick up the pieces after such a loss and steps like this are so important. Would love to see some of your dad's art? Can you post a piece or two!? He sounds like a great dad.

  3. I am glad you enjoyed a special day with your father. The fair sounded interesting. I love going to art shows - there is always something of value that I end up bringing home that was created so lovingly by an independent artisan. :) Theresa

  4. Popping in to say a belated hello.

    CK :-)

  5. What a fun adventure with your Dad. Sounds like a wonderful time. It is coming up to outdoor fair season, I love going to shop at them, I do not participate in them anymore, so much work, but I like to support where I can, can't wait to see your purchases, T. :)

  6. So glad to hear your Dad enjoyed himself and was inspired...I know how hard it must be for both of you without your mom. Hugs and prayers!

  7. It sounds like you shared such a beautiful day with your Dad- art shows/markets are always so inspiring and the creative energy in the air- wow!
    I hope everything's going well with getting ready for *your* show :)
    Have a great day,


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