Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Installation Day at Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

I'm back from Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. I'm exhausted, however I had a really good experience. I'll post all about it over the next few days, starting with the arrival and set up.

Meeting up at our booth on installation day.
                         
The first day was a long day. I loaded up my car the night before so I was ready to leave in the morning. It's helpful that everything fit with the exception of one large painting that came in a truck. The truck made stops for the other three artists, so most of us arrived well before the artwork did.

Discussing wall plans while waiting for the truck to arrive.

We weren't allowed to begin until noon and had to leave the building by 9 pm. We wanted to get everything set up on the 13th so that the installers didn't have to stay overnight. The truck also had a two hour drive and three stops to load between 50 - 100 pieces of artwork.

When the truck still hadn't arrived by 3 pm we started getting nervous. At 3:30 it arrived and by 7:30 everything was unloaded, laid out, and either hung on the wall or placed in the storage room. The storage area turned out to be a great benefit. It was easy to get to and retrieve additional pieces to show people and to replace paintings that were sold and removed.

Ladders, crates, and tool kits everywhere, plus the sound of power drills. 

I was happy that the floors had carpeting and that the booths were spacious. Ours was 10 x 24 feet and the walls were 12 feet high. I'm also so grateful we were able to work with professional art handlers that made installing everything look easy. They made quick work of it and then headed back to L.A. while at last we went searching for food!

4 comments:

Kathryn Hansen said...

so happy you had an awesome experience there! am looking forward to seeing the rest of your posts about the fair! ohhh...and you had such great weather too! sorry i missed it!

Katherine Kean said...

Thanks Kathryn - yes it was fun and wonderful weather. I hear all the mountains now have snow!

Of course it's unusually icy here as well.

Beth Rommel said...

I am looking forward to hearing all about it!

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Beth - thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned!