"Like a leaf clings to a tree
Oh my darling, cling to me
For we're creatures of the wind
And wild is the wind
So wild is the wind"*
The weather has been a dominant story in the outdoor art festival business in Florida this winter.
For the past two weekends, shows in Miami, Sarasota, Naples, Venice, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Englewood have all been affected by crazy strong winds.
Two weeks ago, we were waitlisted for Beaux Arts, a great show in the Coral Gables section of Miami. All week we were hoping someone would cancel so we would get the call to participate. By the end of the weekend, we were glad we were never called. Multiple artists had their tents destroyed as gale-force wind blew through the venue on the University of Miami campus. Sustained winds of 30 with gusts of 50mph all make for an interesting weekend.
As if that wasn't enough, this past weekend was in many ways a rerun. Friday brought torrential rains to Delray Beach. Saturday was clearing but winds over 30. Sunday was freezing (for Florida) with the day starting at 41 degrees.
This was our first time doing a show in Delray. The amazing thing was that the patrons didn't really seem to care about the weather! They were out in mass on both days and plenty of artists were happy with their weekend sales.
We had one piece that was ruined when a gust blew it off our display. It crash-landed on the asphalt and quickly became fodder for the dumpster. Other artists suffered some losses as well.
Standing on the street almost every weekend makes for some interesting tales and experiences. This month it has been the wind. Up next, who knows. At least the forecast for our show in Sarasota this weekend is really decent. We'll see!
*Written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington. Performed by Nina Simone.
Image Credit: Virtual paint by JK. Zeewolde "Nina Simone/The Jazz Singer" image used with permission under Creative Commons License. Copyright JK. Zeewolde.