It ended with a Lunar Eclipse of a Supermoon!
The Auxiliary of North Shore University Health System volunteers outdid themselves in moving ACE, a show that for 30 years had been held in August at Northwestern in Evanston, to new dates in September, at a new location at The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe; a daunting challenge!
We want to thank them for their extraordinary accomplishment, to give a new buzz bringing an established show to an incredibly beautiful new venue.
I believe it will become the event of the season, as attendees get used to instead of “going up and down the aisles” to see the show, they embark on a treasure hunt of “Gallery Hopping”, and will mark their calendars to spend the whole weekend at the show, to enjoy every bit of meeting the artists, selecting a special piece to purchase, and taking a breather to enjoy the garden.
The show represented all media very well, the very best in leather, the best of fiber and jewelry plus glass, ceramics, baskets, paper wood and metal, were all there.
As far as I could see there were few loopholes in quality of work juryed in, in what I look at, leather and wearables.
Our show began at the Preview Event, when a couple who were seasoned craft collectors stopped in our booth…..she tried on a jacket, looked gorgeous in it……they flirted with each other during the whole process, he pulled out his card, I said “What a lucky lady!” He said “I Love Her!”
And that is what we strive for in our life & work! What a great moment!
And one of our last sales of the show was at the opposite end of the spectrum, to young collectors, juggling an infant as she tried on jackets, and he chose ones he liked. She bought two! as they also both were ecstatic about their purchases and the show…
Below is a brief slideshow of our trip, driving from Long Island to Illinois, unloading our booth and work, transforming our space and some garden views.
Enjoy, and hope to see you there next year!