My Experience At The African American Cultural Festival


I was recently chosen to be one of about 25 artists to display my work at the African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Having my work chosen to be in shows is not new for me but to be chosen to be in a show as large as this one was a new experience for me.

The show was for two days, Saturday and Sunday. 30,000 to 40,000 people was expected to come. Yes, this show would definitely require more preparation. I knew that I needed to take as much of my art work as possible. It’s better to carry more than I needed rather than not enough. Time for a quick inventory of my work. Okay, am out of three of my most popular prints, so am off to my favorite printer to have more made.

Proper weights are going to be required for my tent because sometimes its windy and I don’t want my tent to become airborne. So off to Lowe’s to purchase my materials. (I want to make my own weights.) But enough with the preparations, on to the show.

!AACF BoothAfter being directed to the area where my tent was to be, I began unloading with the help of family members and festival volunteers. I loved the excitement in the air as all of the artists,food vendors, performers and stage hands set up for the two day event.

From the beginning of the show I stayed busy talking with visitors. I met a pig farmer and his wife who fell in love with my paintings of pigs on the beach and my painting of pigs having a romantic evening in a restaurant. We had some laughs and they purchased the paintings and  were looking forward to hanging them in their home.

The festival was a wonderful experience and a  great opportunity for me to meet future collectors, talk about my work and forge connections. If you would like to know more about my art world and see some of my work visit my website at http://www.sandracherryjones.com

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Best Wishes!

Sandra Cherry Jones