I spent the holiday in the neighboring town of Brockway, PA, at the Brockway Center for Arts and Technology. BCAT is fairly new, only about a year old, but it's a pretty amazing place, especially considering that it's smack dab in the middle of incredibly rural western PA. A friend of mine runs the youth program/ceramics studio there.
Thursday evening there was a reception for the two visiting artists, who also had a gallery show. Matthew Gaddie and Brian Somerville spend all day Thursday and Friday doing demos and giving slide lectures on their work. They both went to undergrad together, but make completely different kinds of work. I love seeing such diversity withing a single medium.
Friday, the 4th, I set up a booth with a handfull of other artists (mostly potters), outside BCAT for a little art sale. It was a bit chilly for July, but the worst part was the wind! It's been a looong time since I've done an outdoor show, I forgot how challenging the weather can be. I spent a good part of the day chasing down flyaway business cards and righting pieces. But other than that, it was a good experience. One woman even gave me a giant road atlas to make books out of! I bought a couple mugs and did a sweet trade.