Shopping for arts and crafts only starts on the street


My wife and I both have eclectic tastes in arts, music, pop culture and the rest, but one of our mutual favorite characters is The Abominable Snowmonster of the North, better known as “Bumble “, from the 1964 Rankin/Bass television special. , “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Why? Because he’s awesome. We don’t need any other reason to love him. Over the years, we’ve amassed a small army of Bumble Yeti figures that dominate our Christmas decorations every year, and we’ve even named one of our pet ferrets Bumble.

So when I saw Bumble’s painting on plywood – with a caption that read “Bumbles Bounce!” — at the Jackson’s Creative Cake & Crafts table during the Out to Lunch concert on Aug. 18, I knew we had to have it. The problem was that I didn’t have any cash on me, and even though it wasn’t terribly expensive, it was still something I wanted to discuss with my wife before spending any money. So, reluctantly, I asked for a business card. She didn’t have many cards left, but found one and gave it to me. I promised to be in touch

The artist, Roxanne Jackson, didn’t seem too upset. I thought this kind of thing happened all the time. I also thought that most people who just grabbed a card quickly vanished into the ether. Still, after talking to my wife about it and showing her a picture, I messaged Jackson and told him we wanted the painting. She replied that she was at the Rutland Food Truck Festival at the time. I didn’t have time to drive to Rutland, so I arranged for her to bill me via email. I paid for the painting online and arranged to pick it up from Vernon Hill.

In a funny coincidence, my wife and I had lunch with friends the next day at Pholicious in Holden, and they remembered seeing the artist in Rutland, mainly because their 7-year-old insists on stopping by every stand and talk to each salesperson. It shouldn’t have surprised me. In a brief conversation with Jackson when I picked up the painting, she explained that she was attending many such festivals, with her upcoming events including the Out to Lunch concert on September 8 and Applefest in Northborough on September 18 september. , which unfortunately conflicts with the return of stART on the Street Festival.

Jackson says she hosts many such festivals and it’s actually not uncommon for someone to grab the card and follow her when it’s more convenient. “That’s why there were so few cards on my table,” she reminds me. “I had given away most of it.” Not so long ago, art seemed like a kind of impulse buy at these festivals. Either you were able to do it then, or you kind of disappeared until the next time you saw them. Perhaps the advent of the internet and online payment apps has changed that, as Jackson says it’s not unusual for her to meet the buyer at a coffee shop or at the checkpoint. police to deliver his works. (There was no parking available where we met, so we talked quickly through an open car window while my car idled down the street, making the whole thing look like a mess.) ‘a particularly kitsch illicit agreement.)

Bumble’s painting is now in our apartment, while we decide where it will eventually hang, and now that it’s here, I can’t believe I even considered not buying it. It’s a reminder that when you look at the arts and crafts tables at Out to Lunch, stART on the Street or elsewhere, it’s really just an introduction to the artists and their work. Picking up their business card doesn’t have to be a snap… it can save you time so you can grab something really unique and cool.

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