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2009 Art in Good Taste at Ives Farm
sponsored by Cheshire Land Trust
with featured artist John O'Keefe Jr.

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Ives Farm - Artist tent
Artist tent at Ives Farm,
Cheshire, Connecticut

(photo taken as artists set up for event)

SETTING UP FOR ART SHOW: 9-29-2009

This was my first art fundraising event. Up until this time I focused showing my work at High-end Galleries or Art league Exhibitions. I was a little nervous at first, but as the event unfolded I started to relax, and then I had a really good time. I fully intend to participate in more events like this in the future. I have also begun to research the equipment that I will need, for this event the sponsors provided me with a table, chair, and hanging wall.

Ives Farm - Setting up before event
Setting up
(Joshua adding label to paintings)
Ives Farm - Setting up before event, Joshua adding labels
Setting up
Ives Farm - Setting up before event, Joshua posing for camera
Setting up
(Smile Joshua!)
Ives Farm - Setup completed, full booth
Setup completed!
(Full booth)
Ives Farm - Setup completed, back wall
Setup completed!
(Back wall - mix of original oil paintings and reproductions)

THE ART SHOW: 9-29-2009

There was a second tent for the food and musicians. People mingled between that tent and the artist tent where I was located. As the evening progressed I met and talked with many people, including fellow artists who were also at the event. By the time I went home I was completely flying high from all the compliments for my paintings. I had one of my new reproductions ('Sumer in the Valley') sell at the event auction - of all the items that sold in the auction, my painting reproduction brought in the second highest price!

Ives Farm - John O'Keefe sitting at his booth waiting for the crowds
John O'Keefe sitting at his booth
Ives Farm - John O'Keefe and Carla Koch
John O'Keefe and Carla Koch
(Carla is a Cheshire resident and fellow exhibiting artist.
Carla's mother is the famous artist Charlotte Joan Sternberg.)
Ives Farm - Art patrons start arriving.
Art patrons start arriving
Ives Farm - John O'Keefe working his booth and talking with art patrons
John O'Keefe talking with art patrons

Joshua and Danielle helped me with the show. Joshua came earlier and labelled all my paintings and reproductions. Danielle was with me for the actual event and handed out many business cards. Danielle also took most of the pictures of the crowds.

Ives Farm - Misc. picture of the event
Misc. picture of the event
Ives Farm - Misc. picture of the event
Misc. picture of the event
Ives Farm - Misc. picture of the event, Cheshire artist Angela Orsene
Misc. picture of the event
(Cheshire artist Angela Orsene is on right)
Ives Farm - Misc. picture of the event, John O'Keefe seen through the crowd
Misc. picture of the event
(John O'Keefe is in the background)
Ives Farm - Misc. picture of the event
Misc. picture if the event
John O'Keefe Jr. Profile Picture
John O'Keefe Jr.
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About the Author...
     John specializes in landscape oil painting done in a style similar to the famous Hudson River School and Victorian era artists. He also specializes in reproduction painting frames, framing supplies and Giclee prints of his landscape paintings.
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