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My small booth on the streets of Mesa, AZ

My small booth on the streets of Mesa, AZ

It’s been a while, I didn’t disappear off the face of the earth, unless you think Arizona is off the edge.  But I was there the past week to participate in my last big show this year, the famous Mesa Holiday Arts & Crafts Show.  A 7+ hour drive from Santa Fe, I traveled through high desert along with mountains and forests to boot.  One of my friends just visited Mesa and unfortunately received a speeding ticket in the Mesa area.  There’s some kind of radar trap on the side of the road, and I guess my friend didn’t see it.   So naturally I was a bit paranoid going way over the speed limit so I kept it 5 mph at the most above the speed limit.  Lots of beautiful scenery, as I never went this direction before.  I drove to Holbrook and then SW to Mesa where there all kinds of small towns and amazing scenery like this one.  I would have liked to stop and produce a painting, but I was on a tight schedule and had to get my licenses in Mesa to participate in the show that afternoon.  But I might paint from my photo in the near future.

On the road 1 hour north of Mesa

On the road 1 hour north of Mesa

I did get my city and state licenses as soon as I arrived in Mesa.  My first impression of the city, it was like being in a country club.  Very pristine, clean and manicured palm trees.  A few hours later, I decided  to participate in the 2nd Friday event in downtown Mesa.  I didn’t have anything else planned, plus I was ready to work the nightshift.  The concept was for artists to set up their booths (no tents) on the sidewalk and sell their work on Friday night.  Pretty simple.  My spot was at first in front of an empty store, and I was isolated from the other few vendors that showed up.  I didn’t quite like the vibes, so I walked down the sidewalk and saw an empty spot next to other vendors, at least I would be in good company.  I made sure no one occupied this prime spot, so I then moved my booth down to the much improved location.  I had fun meeting and talking with the vendors next to me.  They were selling gift baskets.  There was a band playing across the street as well.  I did sell a few notecards and magnets, so I didn’t come away empty-handed that night, and it was good preparation for Saturday’s show. I’m glad I did it and now you have to stay tuned for part 2!