Even with the nasty storms that rolled through Alabama this past weekend, I did make it to Panoply on Friday night after teaching class. Panoply is a local outdoors arts and crafts festival that is celebrating its 29th year in Huntsville! This was my first year in attendance, but I was very excited, especially since my favorite artist, Deona Fish, was one of the featured artists. I would finally get to meet her in person!
I think that the storms scared a lot of people away, especially since it had already been announced that Panoply would be closed on Saturday due to the weather. And I wondered as I walked through the tents, if several of the artists had not set up yet. There were not as many participants as I thought that there would be. But it was organized very well, and there were lots of food and art tents for older kids.
I found Deona’s tent easily and introduced myself. I am sure that I sounded like a gushing fan girl. Especially when I tried to talk a pregnant lady into buying a piece. What can I say, her work would be gorgeous in a nursery. And she had new pieces with new colors to unveil:
This one reminded me of the Fat Dog.
I wanted the Bride so bad:
I just love the colors and the whimsy in Deona’s work.
Here is Deona with the piece that I chose:
And here is yours truly with her new love. As always, I had the hardest time deciding, but the little girl smelling the sunflower so reminded me of Little Kid:
Check out my new Sarah Palin glasses.
Deona’s owl was my first piece and hangs in our guest bathroom.
Thank you, Deona! It was so nice to meet you and your adorable little boy!
The sky was starting to look angry, so I headed back to my car. As I was leaving, I stopped in a tent that featured some fun and creative animal art. This bird spoke to me:
(Don’t you love the reflection of Yoga Gal in her jammies in this photo? I can see The Cotton Wife just shaking her head in resignation with my subpar photography.)
I think it was saying, “I have had too much to drink.” Maybe that it why I loved it so much, it reminded me of myself after one glass of wine too many. Nevertheless, I had to have it. If you are a pet lover, you must check out Cathy Daily Designs. She has more happy birds, snooty cats, and dogs that are very Fat Dog-esque.
So I would consider Panoply a success! Especially since I made it back to my car with my treasures before the sky opened up. Of course, I am already planning my next Deona acquisition. As my friend Joyce (who introduced me to Deona last year) says, it is an addiction (but one of the better ones). ;)