Thursday, June 26, 2014

Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale this weekend!


The third annual Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale is happening this weekend - Sunday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delware Park Lodge, 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo.

We have 39 or 40 vendors of arts and crafts related to the garden. To participate, you have to be a creator, or vendor of items inspired by the garden or nature. Most vendors are artists that create art for the garden - sculptures, furniture, obelisks, birdbaths, wind chimes, birdhouses, glass work and so on. But materials from which items are made are wood, steel, glass, stone, copper and more.

Purple Chair-ity's planter chairs.
I am one of the many organizers of the event. When I say many, there really are just six or seven of us. We have the full support of Buffalo's National Garden Festival (which really means we have the support of Visit Buffalo Niagara, our visitors bureau), as well as great planning support, and the space to use at no charge, from the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

Chair of the event Barbara Maze is either
setting up complimentary food for the
vendors, or stealing donuts. Not sure which.
The first year, in a panic that we would not have enough vendors, I had a stall selling handmade hypertufa planters, over sized copper leaves, and wine bottle torch kits. I won't have a booth this year, but my daughter will. She'll be selling her nature-inspired glass bead jewelry – and the planters, torch kits and copper leaves left over from the last sale.

Mark Witol metal garden art.
I'll be somewhere selling the Garden Walk Buffalo bookazines, as well as helping visitors and vendors.

In addition to the vendors, we'll have a "Plant Society Avenue." Area plant societies and the local Master Gardeners will all have tables and be answering questions for visitors, soliciting members and distributing information. Each plant society/group will also make a donation to a raffle basket which we'll raffle off.

And if all that is not enough - the sale is also taking place during, and in the footprint of, the Parkside Garden Tour. Dozens and dozens of gardens to visit right across the street from the Garden Art Sale.
Oh – and music too. Concrete Peach
will play from noon to 3pm

The vendors are coming to us from farther afield this year. One from Florida, one from Ohio, and a quite a few from the Rochester area. We're told we won't grow much beyond this until we offer the sale for two days, instead of just the one-day sale. Most vendors that travel find it too much work to travel, seet up, and tear down for a one-day event.

We do try to make it easy for vendors though. It's only $50 to have a table, along with a non-refundable $10 application fee. After that, we ask fro 10% of sales. So if a vendor sells little or nothing, they're not out big bucks. And if they have a great sales day, we benefit too. We also have volunteers that help them set up and tear down. On top of that, we provide two lunches per booth, bottled water and coffee and donuts in the morning. We also provide posters and postcards for each vendor to send out to friends and fans with their vendor packets. It doesn't sound like much but it's greatly appreciated by the vendors (we're told – or overheard!). Not all art festivals of this type offer anything close to these "amenities."

To promote it, there are currently banners up on the corner of Parkside Avenue and Rt. 198 (Scajaqueda Highway); Press releases have been sent out; it's been in the Buffalo News' coverage of all the summer's gardening events; organizer Mike Shadrack will be on WKBW's noon news weather forecast today, and a brief mention on their Friday morning show; posters are distributed; we're hoping for a Buffalo Rising online article shortly; TV gardening expert Sally Cunningham has mentioned it on her Sunday morning WIVB gardening segment; and we've been pounding it hard on social media (eNewsletters and Facebook).

Last year we kept count of visitors with a clicker counter. Including dogs and babies, we hit 1,500 visitors! Here's hoping the weather is good (so far we're looking at 84º and thunder storms), and we break that record.

This year's vendors included:

Anne Brierley
Steps and Stones
Hypertufa bird baths

Ann Campbell
By Ann
Garden flags, handpainted vases

Margaux Charlier
Garden-inspired jewelry, hypertufa planters, posters, and wine bottle torch kits
Kathleen Kosel Steel
Jim Clark
Copperman
Whimiscal copper garden art/sculptures

Carol Conwall
Buffalo's Mark
Novelty Buffalo card art that capture genre of floral, fauna themed art, natural stone coasters

Lorraine Cummings
Lorraine's Concrete Leaves
Concrete bird baths using real leaves

David Cyr
Creative Copper Wire
Handcrafted garden items-glass and copper, suncatchers

Paula d'Amico
Blessings by Nature
Baskets and sachets made with fresh herbs

Dave Davis-Queen City Nursery
Cast stone garden statuary

We do invite garden stores/centers. They are just asked
not to sell plants (that's not what the event is about) and they cannot sell mass-produced art and crafts.

Ron DeFazio
Air plants and succulents displayed in glass globes


Bonnie Finkbeiner
Sticks and Stones
Leaf castings, driftwood articles butterfly houses, rock candles

Ronald Fox
Fox's Lawn Furniture
Cedar arbors/trellises planters, chairs, tables, swings

Timothy Genco
Metal garden art

Debi Gravell
The Cracked Pot
3-D clay pots with handmade flowers, garden signs, 3-D clay figurenes, glass vases

Gerald Guenther
Maple View Farm
Handmade wooden garden and yard ornaments and salad bowls

Cynthia Harter
Garden Glass Flowers
Antique colored glass garden art flowers

 
Kathleen Kosel
Kathleen Kosel Steel
Steel and glass garden décor and sculpture


Constance Krueger
Jewels of the Lake
Repurposed solar sconces, plant markers, seed hull catchers, plant markers from, tablespoons, sea glass jewelry

Alan Leising
Copper Creations
Copper/recycled metal garden sculptures, bird feeders, sprinklers

Robin Lenhard
Aremel Soaps
Handcrafted soaps, scrubs, bug repellant spray, garden themed soaps, gardeners soaps
Marie and Peter Lusionek
The Shabby Chic Garden
Creations from vintage silverware windchimes, bird feeders, coat rack hooks, lavender sachets

Richard Malone
Atelier Rustic
Garden trellises made from reclaimed materials Tuteurs French for "trainer"-climbing plants

James Maloney
Live Art
Uses tufa rock to drill, chisel, hammer to reshape and then insert live plants

Peggy Martinez
Peggy Martinez, Artist
Floral artist, acrylic and oils, watercolor and prints


Meghan McDonnell
Cement "pillow" garden steps, pavers. Flowers from recycled china

Phoebe McKay
Garden-themed ceramics – pots and trays

Sharon Murphy
Crescent Avenue Papers
Handpainted note cards with native images

Barry Nichols
Heart of Franklinville
Concrete garden statuary


Catherine O'Connor
Art Fx Glass
Glass garden art created in kilns, garden windows, bird baths, wind chimes
Creations by Heather Gillette

Donna Paveljack
Creative Glass Works
Mosaic gazing balls from recycled bowling balls, bird baths, obelisks, glass garden stakes

Lianne Reinhardt
The Shabby Garden
Glass birdfeeders made from vintage glass, garden chandeliers

Bill Roberts
D B Woodcrafts
Handcrafted wood birdhouses from poplar or pinewood

Jacqueline Sprague
The Lady and the Snowman LLC
Primitive and rustic gardent items, shed, metal and iron flowers, trellis, lath gates, stars


Deborah Stewart
Earthenware flower pots and decorative flower type bowls

Suzanne Todaro
Gleam and Glimmer Stained Glass
Stained glass garden art, windchimes, votive, fairy doors, ground stakes

Urban Roots Garden Center
Solar-blown glass flowers, illumated garden stakes, flower metal art work, recycled humming bird feeders

Heather Whitney
Creations by Heather Gillette
Sculpture in stained glass and wire and watercolor paintings

Mark Witol
Designer Mailbox
Metal garden art

Tom Zachman
Tom Zachman Fused Glass
Fused glass with steel, wood, copper

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