Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September - Changes in the Weather, and in the Artwork!

Wow - where did the summer go? While today is a perfect September day, last week was cold, gray and wet, making us yearn for just a little more sunshine. It seems like summer only lasted six weeks this year, with June having been so rainy, and the leaves already turning...

While I'm not ready to acknowledge that summer is officially over just yet, I will state unequivocally that it was a great one! Artwork sales were definitely better this season than the previous two years; I'm not sure if people are finally acknowledging the end of the Great Recession or if it's just pent up consumerism,but either way, we were quite pleased with the change in traffic here in Bigfork. Framing was rockin' too, with an abundance of multiple-piece orders and a return to the Augusts of years past, where intake of work exceeded production on many days. This is the excuse I'll use for neglecting the blog for five weeks now!

Labor Day has come and gone, so it's time to put away the white bucks and seersucker suits...oh, wait, that's not right. What that means here in Bigfork is that walk-in traffic has slowed significantly, and you can find parking on Electric Avenue once again. It's now the perfect time to visit the shops and galleries in town! We'll be celebrating Last Fridays next week with a chili feed here at Frame of Reference, and we've got several new pieces of art on display, including some delightful giclees from Carol Hagan (I want the Baby Giraffe for myself!) and a spectacular new oil painting from Missoula artist Mark Gibson, seen at the top of this page. It's titled "Solitude" and makes me yearn for another evening on Flathead Lake before it gets too cold. Mark built the frame for this painting, too - stop in and see it!

Late Summer/Autumn hours are now in effect; we're here Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5:30, Sunday from 11 to 4, and closed on Monday. Happy September!

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