Let's Not Forget Facebook (posted July 6, 2012)
Like just about every other small business owner and artist I know, I also have a Facebook page. It is Kay Foley & Ampersand Cards. You'll find lots of photos from shows as well as scans and photos of new work, inspiring quotations by others, news, updates and reminders about upcoming shows and events. I try to post something uplifting or energizing every day and I'm hoping to reach new people all the time.
Finally! I'm Blogging (posted April 16, 2012)
In December 2010 I began writing a poem a day. My plan was to write them for 49 days, in honor of my poet friend Pam McClure, who had died the previous July of pancreatic cancer at the age of 49. A poem a day for 49 days. A stretch for me, as I have considered myself maybe a wordsmith but not really a poet. As it turned out, I never stopped. I reached one year of poems on December 14, 2011 and kept right on going. It has been a wonderful opening up and welcome writing discipline for me.
Lots of NEW Items at Cafepress!! (posted April 16, 2012)
I have just added a bunch of wonderful new designs to my Cafepress pages, where they are printed on T-shirts, magnets, water bottles, keychains and even baby stuff! Some are irreverent and some inspirational (as usual and as usual). (I have always claimed, after all, that I'm well-rounded.) Please take a look and let me know what you think--or even better, place an order! You can do that by clicking on the tab for T-SHIRTS or by using the link below.
2011 Show Photos! (posted belatedly)
Paula St. James won the purchase award.
New Work on Wood
My Booth (showing new work on wood on left)
Oh, Salina! (posted June 21, 2010)
As usual, I return home from Salina KS with a fondness for the Smoky Hill River Festival, the artists, the staff, and the warm, welcoming patrons. I always say it is one of the friendliest shows I do. Miserable heat and humidity or pouring rain, the people come out and take in the entire event. I love the fact that people come into the booth just to say hi, how was your year, I'm so glad you're here, hope to see you next year, etc., etc. And many stop in each day of the River Festival or bring friends in or drop by on Sunday to say goodbye. I really do no other show like that.
Arts Fest on Walnut Street (posted May 9, 2010)
The weather held out for this show in Springfield MO, where spring weather is always a little tricky. Rain is usual, and tornado warnings and actual tornadoes are not out of the question. But we were lucky this year, with only a small amount of rain each day and lots of sun on Saturday.
My booth with my new wordless pieces
Another shot of the booth
Flags made by the kids
Kids' flags were strung across the entrance to the show
Mariachi Femenil Nuevo Tecalitlan
Spike and Lyn in my booth
Patrons could take rickshaw rides through the show
Two gals, two Titano accordions, and two port-o-potties
Brooklyn the Pink Poodle
Award of Mastery in 2-D Art at Queeny! (posted April 13, 2010)
This year three awards of excellence and three awards of mastery were presented in 2-D and 3-D art, along with a Best of Show and a couple of Honorable Mentions. I'm very pleased to have been chosen from among this great group of two-dimensional artists for this award. Klaus Kuntscher received Best of Show this year.
Me in My Booth With My Big Red Ribbon!!
Congrats from Bari
Maggie McCarthy Won the ArtMart Award
Two Jewelers--Nancy Koehler & Kathy Craddock
Bari Precious and Art Discovery for the Kids
DeeDee DiFabio in Her Fabulous Booth
NEW Facebook Fan Page for Kay Foley & Ampersand Cards (posted March 19, 2010)
Just finished creating a Fan Page for my work on Facebook and I am now feverishly counting the number of fans (35 last time I looked). I hope that if you are on Facebook, you'll become a fan and suggest the page to all your friends who are on Facebook! I'm posting photos of work that you have not seen here, as well as event photos and random thoughts (not too many of those). I hope you will take a look and if you do, I hope you enjoy it.
Fall Shows & People (posted belatedly March 3, 2010)
Here it is March, with shows just around the corner and I'm just now getting around to posting photos from my fall shows. Life got in the way of doing a lot of things that I intended to do last fall, so here goes . . .
MOsaics in St. Charles MO
Here I am with ceramicist Sharon Jackson, my booth neighbor
Sharon with David Haight
Me and photographer Todd Shaak
St. James Court Art Show - Louisville KY
Customers in and out of my booth
Admiring customer in my booth
My booth neighbor William Greenwood, Jeweler
Winterfest - Springfield MO
One of many helpful Runners!
My childhood friend Lyn McKenzie
A young customer in my booth
Bari Precious and Mom about to go off cruising!
Jeweler Extraordinaire Pat Zieche
Hey, I Won Another Prize! (posted September 10, 2009)
I exhibited at the Art Fair at Queeny Park in St. Louis last weekend and was awarded a second place ribbon in 2-dimensional art. The show was going along a little slowly for me on Saturday, and juror John Dyess stopped by to chat with me about my work, introduced his wife Carolyn, a graphic designer, and I appreciated the care they took to talk with all of the 2-D artists. On Sunday morning I walked over to my booth to see a big beautiful red ribbon hanging there! Too wonderful! It came with a cash prize and then Sunday turned out to be a great sales day, so all in all I was very happy with the show. I drove home that night with the ribbon on my passenger side visor.
My Books on Amazon! (posted August 16, 2009)
I have finally taken the step of posting my books on Amazon.com. Woo-hoo!! I suppose I still had some weird nervousness about doing that, but I'm all over it now, and I am pleased to report that I'm putting my books way out into the great big world at last.
More Merrythoughts on Amazon
Shows, shows, shows (posted June 22, 2009)
Still coming off of the high of two wonderful shows--Arts Fest in Iowa City and the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina Kansas. Iowa City is one of my favorite, hip and groovy places to go, and my great friend Patti Z, the nearly famous quilt artist lives there, so I have many reasons to go back. Patti is one of the people who helped me through the recovery period after my car wreck in 2007, and I had not seen her since then. She was so great about telling all her friends about me that many of them came up to me asking how I was feeling since the wreck, etc. So there's a great homey feeling to going there.
All That Glitters . . . (posted May 23, 2009)
Well, I suppose the faltering economy has taken a bite out of the National Stationery Show, for it was not quite as busy or as grand as I had expected. The big companies' booths were, of course, quite grand and beautiful (here's a photo of my little booth), and it was amazing to see the work of many wonderful smaller card makers. I can honestly say that I gave this show my absolute best and am only hoping for lots of good things to come. I met some great people and made some very nice contacts, and who knows what may still come of it? Many thanks to all of those who stopped in the booth and appreciated my work. And a million thank yous to my son Cole, without whom I could not have done this at all. Cole lives in Brooklyn and we had wonderful times together, traipsing all over Manhattan. I LOVE New York City and all that it has to offer--the incredible diversity of its people and places, beautiful architecture, amazing food, and gorgeous Central Park. Can't wait to go back!
Another Prize!!! (posted October 20, 2008)
I was given an Award of Recognition at the MOsaics Festival of the Arts. The arts festival took place September 19, 20, and 21 in beautiful downtown St. Charles, Missouri. The show's juror, John Dean, a landscape painter and teacher of painting who is a featured artist at The Foundry Centre for the Arts in St. Charles, was quite enthusiastic about my work. I was thrilled to receive both a certificate and a monetary prize, as well as his wonderful, kind comments. Awards were given at our booths, with lots of clapping and cheering, and a listing of prize winners was handed out at the artist's breakfast on Sunday morning. There were five Awards of Excellence and ten Awards of Recognition.
2D BEST OF SHOW At Arts Fest on Walnut Street! (posted May, 2008)
On May 3rd, I was thrilled to receive the award for Best of Show in Two-Dimensional Art for my work at Arts Fest on Walnut Street in Springfield, Missouri. My work was compared with that of painters, printmakers, mixed media, and other two-dimensional artists, and I was flat-out flabbergasted to receive the prize! The award came on Saturday afternoon, just as I was hoping to grab a boothsitter to give me a break. Show organizers drove up to my booth in a golf cart, and I assumed they were just in time to offer me a bottle of water or a short food/bathroom break. But no! They were bringing this marvelous award! I hung the sign in my booth and went running around the show to let my artist friends see the groovy plaque. I didn't stop grinning all weekend long.
KAY FOLEY T-SHIRTS & GIFTS
I hope you've noticed that item in the menu bar that reads T-Shirts, Etc. Click on it and you will be taken to Cafepress.com, where you can purchase my designs on T-shirts, mugs, bags, magnets, hoodies, coasters, and even dog shirts and baby's onesies! I've just been working with a few designs so far, but there are more to come. And I'm selling magnets and t-shirts at a few upcoming shows. Hope to see you, but if not, check it out!T-Shirts, Etc.
Thanks To All! (Posted May 2007)
You may have noticed that I haven't posted many show listings this year. Well, some of you may know that I had a terrible car accident in February, resulting in five broken vertebrae. On February 12th, I was taken to two ERs, where the concensus was that I was extremely lucky to have escaped paralysis. I had a pretty scary looking x-ray. Anyway, I had surgery on February 13th, and was sent home a few days later in a neck brace.
Kay Foley Rubber Stamps
The gals at River City Rubber Works reproduce some of my verses as the fabulous Kay Foley Dilettante rubber stamps, so if you want to try making your own cards with my words, here's your chance. (Of course, everything is copyrighted, so they should be reserved for personal use.)