The long-awaited Buckman Art Show & Sell has finally come to pass here in Portland. This year I worked on the poster for the show, so it felt like a very special year... and long anticipation! I was back east around the holidays dealing with my dad's surgery and recovery, I half didn't expect to come back to Portland. But the Buckman show floating out there in March was a magnet and a goal, and I'm happy to have been there this year supporting community, Arts education and immersion, creativity in learning, and keeping the arts alive in Portland.
I used to do craft fairs as my old Etsy shop and persona: ouou.etsy.com. In fact, I had ouou cards at this show now that my awesome letterpress gal pal Emily is printing my old designs! Even some prints! But this was the first Clover Brown appearance. Paintings, prints, cards and my new enclosure cards were on display.
I didn't get great photos, my apologies. In all my excitement of being there, I could barely sit in one place for very long! Here you can see (cartoony) ouou letterpress cards and my newer watercolor work.
On the second day I was feeling jazzy and enthusiastic, so I ran to Kinkos in the morning and printed out some coloring pages for the kiddos to take home with them...
I will try and include these as giveaways in my Etsy shop on occasion, it was fun to have them!
I hope I get more opportunities to do more posters, this one was great. Added bonus that it came with a craft fair, and a whole mess of values I believe in! It's bittersweet to have it end, but at the same time this was a big step for Clover Brown.
I learned many lessons by going back into the craft fair scene with my illustrator self. I met many awesome people, and was delighted to see friends and neighbors too! My nephews, of course, helped to make the whole weekend fantastic, as did my family. I came a long way, through a lot of pain in this family, to get to the show this year. And my heart shines in pride, gratitude, love and appreciation for a dream achieved.