Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ghoultide Gathering 2012....

We have returned from the long road to the Ghoultide Gathering! Luckily, with no hitches along the way, we are safe and sound. And when we close our eyes, images of Halloween whimsies dance in our minds and memories swirl of reconnecting with fellow artists and friends. The experience is always bittersweet as the clock ticks by too quickly to converse and catch up with all, but nevertheless, it's a treat to unite and share our common love for Halloween. And, it's certainly a pleasure to see each artist's interpretation of this favorite holiday.

Scarecrow-Pumpkins

Gray skies, haunting winds and icy sprinkles tried to scare us away, but excited collectors were determined to wait out the weather events. A covered tent, decked out in Halloween decor and strewn with hay bails for folks to take a load off, served as a shelter for those who arrived early. A food truck along with other vendors offered warm, delicious eats and hot drinks to keep those bones from chillin'... Scott Smith's haunting jack-o'-lanterns towered over the arriving guests, perching atop stacks of hay bails and tiers of beautiful pumpkins.

Ghoultide-Entrance

* For a brief moment, Saturday's skies offered a glimpse of blue!

Inside, about 30 artists lined the walls and center isle of a lofty green barn on the Chelsea Fairgrounds in Michigan. We all set up our tables on Friday morning. The back and forth from the car to the table and all the commotion in between kept me warm under such chilly circumstances. Adrenalin was kicking in as we configured our layout, unpacked all the treasures and set each out with love and care. Then, I rushed around to peek at the other displays, snapped photos of what was in place, and we rushed off for a tiny little nap and to change into our Halloween attire.

Johanna-Parker-Design

* Johanna Parker Design ~ that's me!  Before the Friday night early buy commenced, we snapped some more photos for the 'ol memory book.

Johanna-Parker-Folk-Art

* My table included a menagerie of Halloween characters from owls and bats to mice, witches and cats!

JP-d'Andrimont-&-Johanna-Parker-Design

* And there's my handsome hero JP d'Andrimont who drove me the whole way to Michigan and back while I sat, passenger-side, working on my Trunk Show blog post (see post below) along with preparing graphics for our new high-tech check-out system. I really couldn't do this without him........

Johanna-Parker-Halloween-Collectibles

* Stuffed in our VW beetle, I brought along an old chair, vintage tins and tambourines, stools and a pair of old lamps to dress up my table and prop my collectibles....

Johanna-Parker

* And there I am showing off my beak alongside the one of a kind raven base chamber vase with his bold beak too! I collected the pretty hair fancy from Mandy Yocum of Clever at Denver's Trunk Show, just one weekend before. (see post below)

Ghoultide-Shoppers

* When the doors opened, loads of people rushed in like a stampede to see the creations of Scott Smith! The rest of us jokingly waited for the dust to settle :)

Johanna-Parker-in-a-barn

* I'd like to take you on a tour of some of the creations that were offered! Below is just a sample from each artist that exhibited at this ghoulishous event! I regret that I did not snap a photo of the work of Lori Hough. She set up her eerily realistic bats and creepy animals after we left on set-up day, and we forgot to take photos later. I hope I didn't miss anyone else.... ENJOY!

The-Whimsical-Whittler

* The Whimsical Whittler * Vaughn & Stephanie Rawson ~ Wood Carvings

Tinsell-&-Whimsy

* Tinsell and Whimsy * Sue Bartolucci ~ Folk Art with a Pun

Kristen-Beason-Designs

* Kristen Beason Designs ~  Whimsical & Contemporary Folk Art

Reddog's-Pottery

* Reddog's Pottery * Kevin L. Haney ~ Woodfired Face Jugs

King-of-Mice-Studios

* King of Mice Studios * Carolee Clark ~ Wicked & Whimsical Art

Aron-Lowe

* Aron Lowe ~ Felted Figures & more

Notforgotten-Farm

* Notforgotten Farm * Lori Brechlin ~ Textile & Needleworks

Murphy-Bears

* Murphy Bears ~ Mohair Bears & other characters

Jerry-&-Darla-Arnold

* Jerry & Darla Arnold ~ Spun Cotton Figures

Prim-Pumpkin

* Prim Pumpkin * Jennifer Hepler-Takens ~ Pumpkin Dolls

Paul-Gordon

* Paul Gordon ~ Dressed Papier Mache Figures

Allen-Cunningham

* Allen Cunningham ~ Small Dolls inspired by the past

Katherine-Webber

* Katherine Webber ~ Spine Tingling Creations

Soft-in-the-Head

* Soft in the Head * Pam Gracia ~ Soft Sculpted Characters

Monkey-Cats-Studio

* Monkey-Cats Studio ~ Papier Mache Folk Figures & Paintings

Enchanted-Productions-Joyce-Stahl

* Enchanted Productions ~ Ghoulightful Fabric Characters

Artistic-Confections

* Artistic Confections * Kim Short ~ Professional Cookies & Petitfours

Nicol-Sayre

* Nicol Sayre ~ Bewitching Papier Mache Dolls

William-Bezek

* William Bezek~ Haunted Halloween Figures

Scott-Smith

* Rucus Studio * Scott Smith ~ Unpredictable Characters

Sherrie-Taylor-Witch-Hats

* Hats in the Belfry ~ Sherri Taylor

Hop-Hop-Jingle-Boo

* Hop Hop Jingle Boo ~ Papier Mache Figures

He-Be-Je-Bes

* He-Be-Je-Bes * Debbie Hawkins ~ Wool Felted Characters and such

The-Spotted-Hare

* The Spotted Hare * Lori Ann Corelis ~ Mohair Animals

Sheila-Bentley-Designs

* Sheila Bentley Designs ~ Sculpted Witches & such

Arbutus-Hunter

* Novelties & Illuminations * Arbutus Hunter ~ Spun Cotton Ornaments

Lucky-Stradley

* Lucky Stradley~ Stoneware Pottery

Irene-Gates

* Irene Gates ~ Whimsical Painted Collage


Pumpkins-for-Sale

* All along, outside hand-picked pumpkins were scattered in the field and for sale...

Wee-Little-Gourd-Keeper

* Outside the barn, I spotted this adorable child picking a sweet "just her size" gourd....

Johanna-Parker-&-JP-d'Andrimont

* And of course, a visit was not complete without having your photo taken under Scott's enormous skeleton which reminded me of a larger than life puppeteer! Creepy cool indeed!

My heartfelt thanks goes out to my dear collector friends that made the journey to see us in person and collect some special pieces! The weekend was filled with ooo's and ahhh's, and I enjoyed all the favorable comments regarding my folk art creations. I am happy to delight you with what I create, and am pleased to spread those smiles for years to come. And, one more hearty THANKS goes out to Scott Smith & the Rawsons for putting on a show like none other. All the details and care to make it so very special were much appreciated by all.

Happy Haunting,
~ Johanna

11 comments:

Scott Smith said...

Thank you for a nice followup to the show Johanna. Missed getting to visit more this trip.

Johanna Parker said...

Oh you're welcome Scott! I know, I missed visiting more with you too.. You had your hands full though that's for sure, and so you did well being the master juggler :)

Many many thanks!
~ Johanna

Chicken Lips said...

Wonderful photos, Johanna! Thanks for sharing :)

amber, CA said...

Oh Johanna you look soooo beautiful and festive too! I LOVE your outfit...very sassy! And these pictures are awesome! GG looks amazing! I guess I shouldve taken the red eye....darn it!

Anonymous said...

Bewitching photos! - you looked amazing, and your work was magical! Looks like a great group of Halloween artisans

BillyB

Melissa Kojima said...

Wow whee! I'm so impressed by your booth and all the other fabulous artist and folk art venders. Looks like you had a great time. So wonderful of JP to help you out. You two make a great pair and you both look fabulous in your Halloween attire. I'll have to check out these other artists. Thanks for sharing them.

Johanna Parker said...

OH thanks everyone! This post took awhile to compile but I wanted to share links to all the wonderful artists represented..... I'm glad you are enjoying it :)

Cheers,
~ Johanna

Anonymous said...

Johanna, thanks for posting photos of the big event for those of us who have to enjoy the gathering vicariously! However, I don't understand why you didn't sneak that huge entryway skeleton back to Denver? Sure would look good perched on the front of my house on the night of my Halloween party! I am sure Scott Smith would not miss it.

Dave

Johanna Parker said...

Haha! If we had squeezed one more thing into our VW Beetle, we would have exceeded capacity! Maybe Scott will send it to ya :) Good luck with that!!

MsBittyKnacks said...

Great Halloween fun!! It all looked amazing, your table a delight, thanks for sharing the wonderful post.

Anonymous said...

Oh, everything looks wonderful! I am drooling over all of the amazing artist booths! Your looks great! You and JP put on a beautiful show. :)
Jody H.