It is with a bit of sadness that I let you know I will not attend the King’s Mountain Art Fair this year. For thirteen years, Richard and I ported my framed paintings to a sylvan setting in the redwoods above Woodside. This has always been one of my favorite art shows.
Preparation for this 3-day show involved packing each painting carefully to protect it for the journey and possible weather impacts. High above the coast, the weather was always unpredictable. We had a year with mist and rain most of the weekend. The next year, the temperature reached over 100 degrees two of the three days. Many years, including last year, the weather was perfect.
But I must come to terms with my limitations, as I get older. Loading, setting up and taking down an entire show in a weekend is very physically demanding. The art show patrons and staff at King’s Mt. were always supportive and appreciative of my painting and helped sustain my enthusiasm all these years. I will miss the excitement of sending paintings from the redwoods to new homes on the peninsula. This year, with failing knees (Richard and I have one good pair between us) we decided to stay in Santa Cruz for labor day weekend and enjoy our family. We hope to be back next year, for the 2020 King’s Mountain Art Fair!
(July 2020 update: Due to the pandemic, an in person art fair in the woods will not be possible this fall. But the latest news is that the local volunteer host organization for this Art Fair is making this a Virtual Fair! Artists will be in their studios, set up to video chat those 3 days. And the Fair’s website will have a running live video about the event, and each artist will have a tile through which visitors can video chat with the artist and browse and purchase art on the artist’s own website.)
Know that I am still painting, and I will participate in the Santa Cruz Open Studio art tour October 12 &13, 19 &20. You are always welcome to call me for a studio visit.