The 45th Annual Waterfowl Festival!
By Rachelle Siegrist
It’s hard to believe that yet another Waterfowl Festival has come and gone already! Why just this past Wednesday we were driving through the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains and seemingly endless pastureland of the Shenandoah Valley region while on our way to Easton, MD. As we crossed the Bay Bridge, the sun was sinking low, painting the sky above in an array of pinks, creating a spectacular sunset painting, compliments of God!
We enjoyed a delicious pizza at Rusticana Pizza for super that evening, which has become a yearly tradition for us, while in Easton. Early the next morning we began the process of setting up in the old historical Armory building in the downtown area. Upon completing the task of hanging and arranging our paintings, we headed to Chipotle for lunch. The opening reception that evening was well attended, filling our booth with crowds of people admiring and enjoying the experience of viewing our miniature paintings through the magnifying glasses!
“Wow . . . That’s totally amazing!” Was heard countless times as the evening went on, with many people viewing the miniatures for the first time! I must admit we never tire of hearing that, and it makes those challenging times of painting in all of the detail worth it!
We were blessed with beautiful weather for the weekend festival celebrating waterfowl, and the streets and multiple venues were continuously filled with people! I managed to sneak out a couple of times throughout the weekend to see the numerous dogs, arranging from absolutely stunning to one I found irresistibly cute and adorable, but whose owner called ugly. Her name was Cookie and she looked like a very fuzzy version of Yoda, complete with a serious under-bite, in which half of her teeth were hidden behind her lip!
What great fun it was walking about enjoying the warmth of the sun while watching this most entertaining parade of dogs, not to mention the inspiration for myself as I love painting dogs! I’m focusing more on dog commissions, and really enjoyed talking with dozens of people this past weekend, considering having me immortalize their beloved furry friends in miniature.
Saturday night the artists were treated to a lovely evening featuring hors d’oeuvres in our venue, followed by a delicious buffet dinner party in the large pavilion nearby. As always lots of laughter and conversation accompanied our tasty dinner! Sunday was another beautiful day, and before we knew it the show was coming to an end. After packing up our remaining miniatures, we started our journey home. Once again it was great to see and visit with a record number of our wonderful collectors who came to the show, and our heartfelt thanks goes out to those of you who added our paintings to your collections!
Come see our miniature paintings in person this upcoming weekend, November 20-22, at the 20th Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival held at the Thomasville Cultural Arts Center, located in picturesque Thomasville, GA! We look forward to seeing you there and helping you add more miniature gems to your collection!
Until next time . . .