Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Art in the Alley

This past weekend the annual Art in the Alley festival was held here in Smalltownland. Started several years ago to celebrate artisans far and near, it is held in an alley right behind the historic town square. Once you squeeze through this little bottleneck opening, the whole alley opens up.




This year the alley held a wide variety of items, including handmade jewelry, paintings, pottery, woodworking, and flowers.



I have to admit that I was partial to the painting in the lower left hand corner of this shot. I adore the repetitive details of the second floor of the house.


Refreshments for the body and soul were available to patrons. Different music was scheduled during the day. While I was there my favorite local Bluegrass musicians were playing. *Bonus*


There was also a booth of metal work and sculptures for sale. And yes, I bought this bottle tree. It is now resting in the walkway of my garden. One can never have too many bottle trees.





One gentlemen had a booth full of checkerboards that he handmade. They were stunning pieces of art, but meant for utilitarian purposes. And yes.....I bought one of these as well. Just too perfect to pass up.






And it came with a wheat penny checker set.






I have discovered that just because your checkerboard is a piece of art and looks fabulous in your old house parlor, it doesn't keep your kids from arguing while they play the game.

42 comments:

  1. Ever since I read the book Folly Beach (great read) I've wanted a bottle tree! Lucky you!

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  2. What a fun way to spend time! Love your new header with all your beautiful pictures!

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  3. Hah! You're right about kids arguing no matter what. Our four were playing some card game last night....Oh, boy! You'd think their lives depended on the outcome....or at least that there was some major prize! Over-reactions or what!

    Love the checker-board though.... Gorgeous

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  4. A fun looking festival. Wish we had something like that!

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  5. I wish we can have such art event locally !

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  6. ha ha! what a great board set!

    i saw some cool ironwork bottle trees at a local landscaping place last weekend. i was tempted, even tho i had made my own. guess what you say is true - can never have enough of them. :)

    that arts festival looks like a great thing for Smalltownland artsy folks and their fans!

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  7. I love the checker boards! That gentleman does beautiful work.

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  8. Very nice looking blog, well done. Richard from Lebanon county's Amish community.

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  9. Those checkerboards are gorgeous.

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  10. The checkerboards are stunning and I am totally into the bottle tree. If I knew it wouldn't blow away in the prairie wind I would get one for my gardens. I need an art fair on the prairie to attend!

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  11. This looks like an enjoyable art and crafts festival. You came away with a lot of loot. Enjoy it!

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  12. Now this is what a great day.....All the plants would be a spot I would land...

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  13. I'm afraid my kids wouldn't get to touch the checker board, and then what would it's purpose be?

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  14. That looks like my kind of festival! My mom is the proud owner of 3 bottle trees...so yes, they are addicting.

    The checkerboard is awesome and I LOVE the quirkiness of the game pieces.

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  15. A BOTTLE TREE! If you ever get tired of it- call me?:))

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  16. Incase anyone is interested, i have a old order Mennonite womans post on my blog. Her name is Jean and is from New York state. So please visit us at Amish stories. Richard

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  17. What a fun time! I love a good art fair. The checkboard game is so pretty and I like the idea of the pennies. Love the bottle tree too!!

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  18. Ooooooo....I would love to have been there! I liked ALL the neat stuff...
    I have really been thinking about a bottle tree...this would be a wonderful thing to have in my yard...I saw one that had lights in each bottle..It was Beautiful...
    Enjoyed your post and thank you for sharing..
    shug

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  19. Shug - I like the idea of lights in the bottles on the tree. It would be beautiful at dusk! I might have to try that!

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  20. Teekaroo - We will be touching it plenty! It really isn't that delicate.

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  21. Slick checkerboard. And, I love the bottle tree. Cool.

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  22. These are my favourite things to go to.I love all art. The best one I went to was last summer in Montreal it had very cool art.
    Love the painting of the man in the boat myself. Great show. B

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  23. Ah, a good game of checkers always brought out argument or two growing up.

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  24. What a wonderful affair! I LOVE those checkerboards too...would love to own such a beautiful piece.

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  25. Sounds like it was a great day with lots of great things to see and hear. The checker board is neat and i love that bottle tree, so cool!

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  26. love the checkerboards and i LOVE bluegrass music! i've had some problems with my blog the last several weeks but it's fixed now. i'm back. :)

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  27. I love fine craftsmanship and it seems like small town events like this are just loaded with finely made items. If I only had a trunk full of spare cash........

    As for the kids arguing: Silence is Golden. Duct tape is silver!

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  28. I like every picture with your practical considerations about it!

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  29. Now I have a purpose for all those wine bottles! ;) Btw, I awarded you the One Lovely Blog Award. So click on over to accept it!

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  30. Now that looks like my kind of event! Fun!

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  31. What a great event. I want to start a bottle tree this summer.

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  32. I love the bottle tree,and the painting of the red barn!

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  33. You'll have to post a picture of your bottle tree in place in the garden. Can't wait to see what it looks like. Did it come with the bottles or do you add them yourself? Just wondering.

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  34. PS...love Chips comment about the duct tape. Sounds like something I would do!

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  35. What a great little event! They needed some writers there too, to peddle their stories.

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  36. awesome buy on the checker set! so cool!! i envy art markets - we have a fabulous one here, two actually, and I'm always someplace else with kids... soccer or baseball or something!

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  37. Looks like a fun event... Great artwork, loved the bottle tree...
    Have a beautiful day:)

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  38. The bottle tree seems a bit unusual but I do like that picture that you have an interest in. I notice that there is also a picture of a barn for sale.

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  39. Some really awesome 'stuff' you captured here (can't blame you for falling for the checkerboard). Maybe next year you'll be selling some of your photos (?)

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