Sumter, SC has been hosting and Arts and Crafts Show at its the annual Iris Festival which is held at the local landmark Swan Lake Park. I decided to make the event my Artist Date for this week..
First of all I wanted to see the Iris. The last time I visited the gardens the Iris had not yet begun to bloom. But they should be at their peak of bloom right now and I really wanted to get some reference photos of both the Iris and the swans.
While the iris were definitely in full bloom, we were disappointed in how few blooms there were growing around the lake. The we discovered why. It seems that the Lake's other famous attraction .. i.e. swans have a craving for iris blooms. CC watched the hefty fella below munch down a half dozen just while she was standing there.
No wonder the park has fencing around so many of its flowers.
My second reason for going was to scout out whether I wanted to consider an entry into the Arts and Crafts Show in 2011.
There were a fair number of fine art craft vendors selling .. glass , wearable art, woodwork and a variety of other crafts. There was only one full time painter, and one person who had some paintings and some crafts (below). Both said their low cost reproductions had sold quite well.
While we both enjoyed the day, the Art Craft Show itself did not seem to be the right venue for my art work..