Monday, August 22, 2005

One Perfect Day (part three)

Woodland Art Fair

I could not have picked a more perfect weekend to visit home! I had realized earlier in the day that the annual Woodland Arts Fair was taking place in Lexington.  I could not wait to go. In other words, there was some money burying a hole in my pocket!

Woodland is named in the top 50 Art Fairs in the country! And with good reason. Every booth in the Park is first class. Not one single trash and trinket vendor is allowed. They are banished to the streets and front yards surrounding the Park. This also means, some very high end and expensive treasures.

I'm like a kid in a candy shop.  I have to wander around and look at everything first. I am mainly interested in photographs. I spend a lot of time in James Archambeault's "gallery". He is a famous and respected photographer specializing in landscapes. I am taken with the Thoroughbred photographs, in particular a magnificent Secretariat prancing in the waning light! I decided to continue to look around before making any purchases.

Then I stumbled on Wiwat. Scientist and Artist. I had discovered him last year in Louisville, at the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. At that time, he had the most delicate earrings he designed with tiny polished  pastel colored stones. Exquisite. At that time I had purchased a pair and went home and unfortunately left them in the small brown paper bag, wrapped in white tissue paper. Joe tossed them away! I was stricken and remembered his card was in my purse and emailed him. He was gracious enough to help me replace the discarded pair with not one......but 10 pairs of his beautiful creations.

"Are you the Scientist from Oak Ridge?" I asked him. He nodded yes. "Well, I am Mary! I met you at the Cherokee Triangle in Louisville, I emailed you after my husband tossed away the bag!" He remembered, how could he not!

I purchased five sets this time. His creations have developed into more intricate designs with different mediums. Still gorgeous stuff.

And, I got the "best customer in Kentucky" discount!

(this year on left.....last year on right)

14 comments:

nellemclaughlin said...

OH I love this stuff! I must have over a hundred pairs of earrings. I actively wear many of them. I love the natural stone jewelery. I hope you post some pics of what you bought!

madcobug said...

The earrings are very pretty and I like the necklaces too. Helen

ksquester said...

The upper left hand pair are speaking to me.  Anne

sunnyside46 said...

waht a nice guy! i love all those!
Marti

suzypwr said...

Those are beautiful! You should pimp his website, if he has one.
xoxo

mavarin said...

I'm not an earring person at all (I refuse to pierce anything), but these are very, very nice! - Karen

lisaram1955 said...

Lovely!  Festivals being my business...I sometimes have a hard time getting out of them without spending any profits I might have made!  LOL!  Lisa  :-]

jmorancoyle said...

     I like the red and green ones. I like earrings, too. I spend a lot of time and money on them when I go to outings and even in the department stores.
Jude
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gaboatman said...

Mary
I'm glad I got a chance to get over here and catch up with you this morning.  Reading your last three entries it sounds like you are making good use out of your new found free time.  I'm glad things seem good for you.  The jewelry looks nice, but the peaches and the pepper jelly werre the great finds on this trip in my mind, LOL!  
Sam

rap4143 said...

I'm looking for amber stone necklace  :).  I enjoy going to craft fairs like you!!! My favorite arts and craft fairs at the ones you can see the artists at work.
Betty

ryanagi said...

Cool! I want the blue ones and the hematite ones!

judithheartsong said...

oh, they are wonderful!!! :):) judi

mtrib2 said...

Am happy that you had a good time and found some treasures.    mark

emmapeeldallas said...

GREAT earrings...

Judi