8th Annual Flying House Art & Craft Sale
I'm kicking off my 2013 show season with a fabulous small event this coming weekend. I'll be joining over a dozen local artists for the 8th Annual Flying House Art & Craft Sale hosted by Becky Brooks in Issaquah, WA. Becky opens up her home and invites local artists to participate in this two-day event. She was kind enough to answer a few questions I had about her inspiration for hosting this event.
I love being surrounded by so much talent, creativity, and energy.
You have such a unique name for this art/craft show. What is the Flying House? It sounds like something right out of the movie "UP".... Becky: Before we bought our house--a 1954 custom-built rambler--a friend in the neighborhood had dubbed this house "Flying House" because of its butterfly roof. We fell in love with its uniqueness and artsy character, and have now lived here over a dozen years as the second owners.
At the very last-minute before our art sale opened the first year, I was determining a name and "Flying House" seemed like the obvious choice. I'm still working on the "Art & Craft Sale" part of the name, though. Any suggestions?
What originally inspired you to host this event? Becky: Eight years ago a couple of friends and I wanted to show our art in a home studio sale. Jeff's and my unique house and convenient downtown neighborhood location made it the perfect choice for hosting it. I pulled in a few more artist friends and the rest is history!
Has it evolved in the past 8 years? Becky: Oh, it has gotten so much busier each year! However, I resist moving the sale to another venue because it wouldn't be "Flying House," so we make it work as comfortably as possible in the confines of our space. I try to improve the sale every year in one or more ways. As examples, last year we added a credit card payment option; this year we've made room on the carport for more wares. Looking at old pictures of the earlier sales, I realize just how creative the displays have gotten so that we can fit more people and more art. I've definitely learned some lessons along the way. What do you most look forward to every year? Becky: I love being surrounded by so much talent, creativity, and energy. There are good "vibes" and I think both the artists and our guests/customers feel that when they are here. Thank you for sharing with us, Becky!
As a participant the past 3 years, I have to agree - this event has fabulous vibes! I love being able to visit with artist friends and customers in a small, comfortable setting.
270 NE Birch Street, Issaquah, WA Saturday, April 27, 11am - 5pm Sunday, April 28, 11am - 5pm