Whilst I am wrapping up my preparations ahead of my trip to the Chicago International show next weekend, I am also thinking about the preparations that will be ramping up on my return, for the Guild Show
2012 coming up in September. Apart from making miniatures for the sheer fun of it, I also make miniatures to sell-it helps fund the collecting of miniatures I will never be able to make for myself, and for the occasional miniatures related travel…i.e.Guild School. This year, for the first time, I will be teaching a class at the Guild Show which will involve many more preparations this spring and summer, than just building up inventory.
As far as I can remember, there have always been classes offered at the Guild Show, but this year they have expanded the educational opportunities at the show-encouraging many talented artists along with Artisan and Fellow members of the Guild to teach a class. A brochure detailing the classes on offer will make its debut at the Chicago International, or you can pop over to the dedicated web-page where full color photos are already available along with class descriptions.
Another educational opportunity will be open to all at the Friday evening festivities which have been re-envisioned as an opening party-bridging the gap between the classes and the salesroom. There will be exhibits to see as well as demonstrations by artisans in many and varied areas of miniature making-so if you’ve ever been curious about how a particular tool works, or what material would be best for working a miniature sampler, this is the chance to come and learn a thing or two, while enjoying some luscious desserts and the company of your mini friends.
The salesroom opens Saturday morning with preview hours from 9-11 a.m. and for general admission from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The list of dealers is awesome now and still growing. Silent auctions will take place during salesroom hours both days and the always impressive live auction, after the salesroom closes on Saturday.
There is always a special section of the salesroom devoted to the youngest collectors among us-parents strictly forbidden, and Sunday will see the launch of a new special event just for those young collectors…Minis and Tea for Mom (or Dad) and Me!
Hope to see you there.