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So here’s one of those thing I haven’t done in awhile. Talk about an event in detail. But since this event has been moved around a lot lately (3 different locations in 4 years) and this year was held in a new location I thought I would.

I have actually done Artsplash (held in Sioux City Iowa) for a good many years. How many? I don’t really know. More than 10. But a few years back, due to flooding the event was moved to Grand View Park. Which is a lovely location visually but not very practical as it was hilly with narrow streets making for extremely cramped booths. After the first year there I didn’t go back the following.

So this year it was held in Riverside Park. The perks of this park is it is level with loads of trees. Unfortunately I was on pavement. About 1/3 to 1/2 the artists were located on pavement. On a 96 degree day that kinda sucks. You know to be surrounded by huge shade trees but made to sit in a parking lot with no shade other than what you provide.

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Despite the wonky layout and the fact I was on the very (very, very) end I still managed to have a good show. Really good if one factors in the weather.

So here’s the things I like about Artsplash.

  •  Artist dinner usually catered and usually really good. However this year it was held on Friday night so I was beyond sweaty from setting up my booth and by the time I was done was beyond feeling social.
  • Pretty good about bringing around water and treats like apples and cookies throughout the day.
  •  Booth sitter and plenty of volunteers to watch things while you use the facilities or whatnot. (not really something I needed since the port-o-potties were like 10 feet from my booth. Uh-huh … that’s right!) Being a glass half full kinda gal I’m going with it helped pull traffic out into the boonies in which I resided.
  •  Hefty award checks to the lucky few.
  • Traffic Flow The booths were back to back in the center of the parking lot. This meant that there wasn’t a lot of behind booth storage. though it was adequate. But what it also meant was traffic had to go all the way to the end (which as previously mentioned I was located) in order to go down the other side. So had we been facing towards each other at the edge of the lot folks would stop 2-3 booths from the end and turn around. My section was the only one set up this way but it was also once again and say it with me “at the very end” of the event.
  • Load-in and out was easy enough but then it would be because? … (see last sentence above)
  • Good crowd despite the heat and the fact that it is gated. (Yes they charge an entrance fee) I was pleased with the sales. Some artists barely made or did not make expenses. Some did really, really well.

Artist Review Wrap-Up

In the end I think things were slightly less artist friendly than in previous years. Less water and far less variety and grandeur in the treats they brought around.  The live music was nice and Brule’ was there and I love them. But again the entertainment when taken as a whole seems just somewhat less than I remember. It was a good event and I will do it again for sure so I guess that in and of itself should tell you if I recommend doing this venue.

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