I did my first big fair yesterday. For years I created gallery-sized and -priced oil paintings, and they didn't seem as though they were in the right price range to try any art or craft fairs. Then a couple of years ago, I got into printmaking, and now with the letterpress, I can offer card packs for $10. Last year I piggy-backed on Elmore's booth at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair, but this was my first time to set up my own tent and display of my work. It was fun to be out there all day, seeing friends as they came through, and feeling a part of the festivities. I'm looking forward to a little expanded presence at Pink Palace this fall, and while I don't want to travel to tons of these shows, I'll be looking for a few places I can go and enjoy showing my work while being somewhere I like to be anyway.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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