Artrider Holiday Crafts Park Avenue Show wrap up

I know it’s been a month since I did the Artrider Holiday Crafts Park Avenue Show, but I still felt it was worthy of a wrap-up.

View of a van at night

Waiting in line outside the armory for the freight elevator

Load-in starts at 6:00 a.m. at the Lexington Avenue Armory. We usually drive overnight to get to Manhattan at the start of load-in.

That night was spectacularly crappy as we left during a pretty bad snowstorm in Vermont. My husband Chris did the evil snow driving which was good, except that it left me distraction-free for freaking out. I asked several times if we could turn around and go home – it wasn’t worth getting killed for a craft show. Chris kept calm and told me that everything was fine. Luckily, we made it to New York safely.

New York City parking permit

After waiting in line for about 20 minutes, we decided that we’d be better off parking and hauling everything in by hand. I was bummed to not be able to drive our van into the freight elevator, which is one of the few enjoyable moments of load-in. We got a nice parking spot just near one of the doors and we were given a parking permit to put on our windshield so that we wouldn’t get a ticket. We found the permit amusing as it stated that we had a “permit to conduct street activity”.

We took that to mean that if we were desperate for cash on the last day of the show, we could start a mime act and put out a hat for donations.

New York City armory during craft show setup

Birth of a craft show

It didn’t take us long to haul everything into the armory and as you can see in the image above, not many people had arrived yet. The weather was the big topic of discussion – that and the fact that the bagel dude hadn’t shown up yet and where the hell was he?

Chris and I set up the booth for a few hours then popped over to a friend’s apartment for a power nap. A few hours later I was back in the booth. Somehow I managed to get everything done early…it’s much more my style to still be running around the booth during the first hour a show is open.

Artrider Holiday Crafts Park Avenue Show

The craft show from above

It always amazes me how the armory transforms into such a beautiful space over such a short period of time. As I mentioned in this post, the show is just so darn sparkly. I am honored to have shown my work in the presence of some truly amazing artists.

Here are two of my favorites:

  • Joan Dulla: I can’t stop raving about her wonderful crocheted wire work. It just left me breathless. She had this fabulous wire basket that incorporated shredded currency – loved it loved it loved it!
  • Nancy Nicholson:  A great booth neighbor and amazing stained glass artist. Nancy’s panels present a romantic, nostalgic view of urban landscape and architecture. I’ve never seen anything else like it.

Sadly, the batteries in my camera died before I was able to get a shot of the “Craft Show Carcass”, always one of my favorite shots (see this post). However, my husband did take a shot of me in the booth during the show…I think is the first picture I’ve had taken of me in the booth.

Elissa Campbell in the Blue Roof Designs craft show booth

Thankfully, we had an uneventful ride home after the show closed on Sunday. I wish I could say the same for my stomach after the awful Indian food we ate before we left.

Note to self: Ask about spice level BEFORE ordering. Duh.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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