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Park Ave Festival Thank You

by abby on August 13, 2013 | Comment

photo of AbbyDora Design booth showing children's art and handmade cards
{My brightly colored booth}

WOW! The Park Ave Festival weekend was amazing. THANK YOU to everyone who came to visit. You made the the 2013 Park Ave Fest my best festival to date!

photo of the center table featuring watercolor painting for children
{Center table featuring large prints and 2 framed original watercolor painting}

I’m still coming down from the high of the weekend and just about caught up from all the rush of work to prepare and then all the work to wrap up the festival. It really was a truly awesome weekend. In addition to the fantastic response to my work, I also handed out 200 business cards and 100 postcards. I’ve made several potentially great future collaborations too!

white frame watercolor paintings featuring nursery rhymes
{My newly framed watercolor paintings}

I was so very proud of this year’s booth. I really wanted to showcase my watercolor artwork and have more prints this year, so I pushed myself to paint, paint, paint this Spring and Summer. It was all worth the early mornings and late evenings.

photo of side table featuring small digital watercolor prints of colorful artwork
{Front side table with smaller prints and handmade cards}

The walls were all covered in my 27 paintings and my new banner and my bright green fabric wall turned people’s heads and drew them into the booth—even from all the way on the other side of the street!

photo of a basket of colorful stickers of watercolor paintings of monkey giraffe lion horse
My new animal stickers

One of the highlights of the festival was the reaction to my freebie in the booth. I always like to have a small giveaway to help pull folks into the booth or have them pause out front. In the past it was a cookie and recipe card, but this year I wanted something more inline with my artwork. I had this amazing brainstorm over the winter—STICKERS! My animal portraits were the perfect subject for small round stickers. Most children had a clear animal in mind too when the basket of stickers was offered. The monkey, elephant, and dog stickers were the most popular. One of my favorite moments was when a very small boy chose the orange elephant sticker. He placed it on his chest, then looked up into the booth and pointed to the corresponding painting of the elephant! My artwork is connecting with its target audience—YES!

I have a month to recover and gear up for my next art festival here in Rochester: CLOTHESLINE on September 7th & 8th. I hope you can join me for this one!

It’s This Weekend

by abby on July 30, 2013 | Comment

children's art booth in Rochester, NY

IT’s FINALLY HERE! The Park Ave Festival is happening THIS weekend. Grab your family, dog, or boyfriend/girlfriend and come over to Rochester for a day of summertime fun AND lots of artwork.

Saturday August 3th 10am to 6pm | Sunday August 4th 10am to 5pm

I’ll be featuring lots of colorful original children’s illustration (more than last year!) and children’s art prints of all sizes. PLUS—I’ll have handmade cards and invitations to help you pass on smiles off-line.

The AbbyDora Design booth will be located at:
Vassar Street and Park Ave (same spot as last year)

Look for the new AbbyDora Design banner that’s bright teal and green! I don’t think you can miss me. (Big smile)

I’m looking forward to a great weekend and do hope you can stop by and see all the colorful artwork.

See YOU there!

Park Ave Festival Fun

by abby on August 8, 2011 | Comment

art festival Rochester

Phew—what a weekend!
The AbbyDora Design booth at Rochester’s Park Ave Festival was a great success. The reaction from those who came into my tent was completely positive. “So cute!” And “How adorable!” are the words I love to hear. I was all smiles this weekend. It was one of those moments when I had to pinch myself to be sure it was all real. Special thanks to the AbbyDora Design crew for all the extra hours they put in over the weekend too. I couldn’t have bagged all those cookies without you!
AbbyDora Design
classroom decoration
Thank you also to all who came to say hello and to those of you who purchased any playful paper goods! After this week, I’ll be turning my attention to putting all the prints and party garlands shown in the booth on my Etsy store. If you saw something in the booth that you don’t see in my store, please send me an email and I’ll set up a custom listing for you.
custom stationery
abbydora paper goods

I’m also working on a few new children’s illustrations and holiday oriented card box sets for this Fall. Stay tuned for additional AbbyDora Design artwork! And I’ll also be participating in one more Fall holiday fair. As soon as I know which one, you’ll know it too.