WACHUSETT MEADOW WILDLIFE SANCTUARY HEY DAY ART BARN REPORT
From LEN HAUG
If there is such a thing as a perfect day, the October 6 Hey Day Event came very close to being just that – perfect!
The weather (except for some windy gusts) was great, and warmer than usual for this time of the year. Over 1,000 people came out to enjoy the weather, the sanctuary, the many activities, the great music, the food and beverages, and of course, the art.
In fact, Audubon has told us that the Art Barn has become a key component of the event! It was great to see so many, including families with children, enjoying the art and interacting with our Demonstrators.
Beyond the sheer pleasure of knowing that we added to the success of the day, it was also rewarding to see such brisk sales. In total $4,500 of art was sold in just 5 hours- which speaks to the quality of the art exhibited by both exhibitors and demonstrators. 2012 Hey Day art sales exceeded those for the past two seasons!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 26 artists who participated in the Exhibit and the 9 Demonstrators who gave of their time and talent to make this event so wonderful!
In addition, I would like to thank those who helped me before, during, or after the event, including Susan Ulrich, Mary and Lou Trostel, Claire Golding, Janice Rayner, Jean Murphy, Naoko Gomi, Judy Tyler, and Judy Dino.
Thanks also to the staff at Wachusett Meadow, the Wachusett Garden Club, and our jurors, Ron Wolanin and Karen Tucker. Congratulations to both adult and student winners of our first special theme judged show! Thanks also to plein air painter Michael Rogan, who was on site painting throughout the event.
To all on distribution, thanks again and please send any recommendations you may have on how we might further improve the art experience for both attendees and participants next year.
Len Haug, Hey Day PAS Art Barn Coordinator