Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale this weekend!
The third annual Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale is happening this weekend - Sunday, June 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delware Park Lodge, 84 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo.
We have 39 or 40 vendors of arts and crafts related to the garden. To participate, you have to be a creator, or vendor of items inspired by the garden or nature. Most vendors are artists that create art for the garden - sculptures, furniture, obelisks, birdbaths, wind chimes, birdhouses, glass work and so on. But materials from which items are made are wood, steel, glass, stone, copper and more.
|Purple Chair-ity's planter chairs.|
|Chair of the event Barbara Maze is either|
setting up complimentary food for the
vendors, or stealing donuts. Not sure which.
|Mark Witol metal garden art.|
In addition to the vendors, we'll have a "Plant Society Avenue." Area plant societies and the local Master Gardeners will all have tables and be answering questions for visitors, soliciting members and distributing information. Each plant society/group will also make a donation to a raffle basket which we'll raffle off.
And if all that is not enough - the sale is also taking place during, and in the footprint of, the Parkside Garden Tour. Dozens and dozens of gardens to visit right across the street from the Garden Art Sale.
|Oh – and music too. Concrete Peach |
will play from noon to 3pm
The vendors are coming to us from farther afield this year. One from Florida, one from Ohio, and a quite a few from the Rochester area. We're told we won't grow much beyond this until we offer the sale for two days, instead of just the one-day sale. Most vendors that travel find it too much work to travel, seet up, and tear down for a one-day event.
We do try to make it easy for vendors though. It's only $50 to have a table, along with a non-refundable $10 application fee. After that, we ask fro 10% of sales. So if a vendor sells little or nothing, they're not out big bucks. And if they have a great sales day, we benefit too. We also have volunteers that help them set up and tear down. On top of that, we provide two lunches per booth, bottled water and coffee and donuts in the morning. We also provide posters and postcards for each vendor to send out to friends and fans with their vendor packets. It doesn't sound like much but it's greatly appreciated by the vendors (we're told – or overheard!). Not all art festivals of this type offer anything close to these "amenities."
To promote it, there are currently banners up on the corner of Parkside Avenue and Rt. 198 (Scajaqueda Highway); Press releases have been sent out; it's been in the Buffalo News' coverage of all the summer's gardening events; organizer Mike Shadrack will be on WKBW's noon news weather forecast today, and a brief mention on their Friday morning show; posters are distributed; we're hoping for a Buffalo Rising online article shortly; TV gardening expert Sally Cunningham has mentioned it on her Sunday morning WIVB gardening segment; and we've been pounding it hard on social media (eNewsletters and Facebook).
Last year we kept count of visitors with a clicker counter. Including dogs and babies, we hit 1,500 visitors! Here's hoping the weather is good (so far we're looking at 84º and thunder storms), and we break that record.
This year's vendors included:
Steps and Stones
Hypertufa bird baths
Garden flags, handpainted vases
Garden-inspired jewelry, hypertufa planters, posters, and wine bottle torch kits
Whimiscal copper garden art/sculptures
Novelty Buffalo card art that capture genre of floral, fauna themed art, natural stone coasters
Lorraine's Concrete Leaves
Concrete bird baths using real leaves
Creative Copper Wire
Handcrafted garden items-glass and copper, suncatchers
Blessings by Nature
Baskets and sachets made with fresh herbs
Dave Davis-Queen City Nursery
Cast stone garden statuary
Air plants and succulents displayed in glass globes
Sticks and Stones
Leaf castings, driftwood articles butterfly houses, rock candles
Fox's Lawn Furniture
Cedar arbors/trellises planters, chairs, tables, swings
Metal garden art
The Cracked Pot
3-D clay pots with handmade flowers, garden signs, 3-D clay figurenes, glass vases
Maple View Farm
Handmade wooden garden and yard ornaments and salad bowls
Garden Glass Flowers
Antique colored glass garden art flowers
Kathleen Kosel Steel
Steel and glass garden décor and sculpture
Jewels of the Lake
Repurposed solar sconces, plant markers, seed hull catchers, plant markers from, tablespoons, sea glass jewelry
Copper/recycled metal garden sculptures, bird feeders, sprinklers
Handcrafted soaps, scrubs, bug repellant spray, garden themed soaps, gardeners soaps
|Marie and Peter Lusionek|
The Shabby Chic Garden
Creations from vintage silverware windchimes, bird feeders, coat rack hooks, lavender sachets
Garden trellises made from reclaimed materials Tuteurs French for "trainer"-climbing plants
Uses tufa rock to drill, chisel, hammer to reshape and then insert live plants
Peggy Martinez, Artist
Floral artist, acrylic and oils, watercolor and prints
Cement "pillow" garden steps, pavers. Flowers from recycled china
Garden-themed ceramics – pots and trays
Crescent Avenue Papers
Handpainted note cards with native images
Heart of Franklinville
Concrete garden statuary
Art Fx Glass
Glass garden art created in kilns, garden windows, bird baths, wind chimes
Creative Glass Works
Mosaic gazing balls from recycled bowling balls, bird baths, obelisks, glass garden stakes
The Shabby Garden
Glass birdfeeders made from vintage glass, garden chandeliers
D B Woodcrafts
Handcrafted wood birdhouses from poplar or pinewood
The Lady and the Snowman LLC
Primitive and rustic gardent items, shed, metal and iron flowers, trellis, lath gates, stars
Earthenware flower pots and decorative flower type bowls
Gleam and Glimmer Stained Glass
Stained glass garden art, windchimes, votive, fairy doors, ground stakes
Urban Roots Garden Center
Solar-blown glass flowers, illumated garden stakes, flower metal art work, recycled humming bird feeders
Creations by Heather Gillette
Sculpture in stained glass and wire and watercolor paintings
Metal garden art
Tom Zachman Fused Glass
Fused glass with steel, wood, copper