This is the first time in probably 10 years that I have not worked in a booth at Heart of Ohio Tole Painting convention (HOOT). For most of those years my husband and I helped Della and Company, AKA Della and Bill Wetterman and last year I shared a booth with my creative friends Amy Mogish and Wendy Young.
I was not going to come, but at the last minute decided to come and spent the day on the trade show floor. I thought you might enjoy seeing pictures of what was happening there:
This is Chris and John Haughey at Cupboard Distributors
and the kids that work with them – Lindsey, Jenn and Drake
Susan Mynyk, assistant editor of the Pixelated Pallet
and here is Deb Antonick demoing in the Stampendous booth
Laurie Speltz is also demoing
Scheri and Ken at Brushes and More looking good in their pink Aliyah shirts that match their new brush line.
Lynne and Ken Andrews with lots of goodies in their booth
Sandy McTier and Jillybean
Tracy Moreau and me
Chuck and Kitty Gorrell
Lynne Deptula andDave
Maxine Thomas and Kim Hogue
Curtis Smith of Viking Woodcrafts
Dawn Knowles Interactive Artist Magazine
Larry and Cheri Rol
Bob, Kathie and the crew of Bear with Us
These are just a few of the vendors at the show. I am sorry that I did not get more pictures but I had to do a little shopping.
There is just an excitement in the air when you go to a trade show. It is fun to see all the new surfaces and patterns, but the best part is connecting with old painting friends and making new ones.
The show is open for two more days, so if you have a chance treat yourself to a visit and take a big shopping bag.