Published June 25, 2018 by rochellewisoff

This past Saturday, the town of Blue Springs, Missouri, hosted the annual event known as “Corks & Canvas.” Artists, musicians and wine vendors set up their tents up and down the street and hawk their wares. 

After a month of August weather in May and June, the heatwave broke and we were grateful for cool morning breezes and clouds. Although sunshine prevailed as the day progressed, it was still cooler than the past few weeks have been.

This is our second year to participate. When I say “our” I include my husband Jan who takes charge of the heavy lifting and set up. I don’t know what I’d do without my Chief. 😉 (You should hear his sales pitches for my art and books. Makes me want to buy them.) Things went smoother with set up this year since it was no longer our first rodeo. Last year we spent months shopping for display supplies such as tent, tables and walls. This year the only thing I needed to do ahead of time was paint, frame and have a few more prints made.

Although it seems that fewer people showed up this year, it was an enjoyable time, nonetheless. A few friends I hadn’t seen for a while showed up to visit and lend their support. Did I think to take pictures of them?

One thing I appreciate about signings is the way my books, informed by my Eastern European family, often inspire others to share their histories with me. No exceptions here. I sold out of PLEASE SAY KADDISH FOR ME and sold a few of the sequels FROM SILT AND ASHES and AS ONE MUST ONE CAN. 

The wine glass note cards were also a hit. Many thanks to Alexis at Print Graphics for her diligence to details. 

We received an invitation to participate in another wine fest in September in Independence, Missouri. It looks promising. I’d better order more books and do a few more wineglass paintings. 😉

Note to self: Bring a change of shoes next time.

12 comments on “IT’S WINE O’CLOCK

  • Dear Rochelle,

    You know… if it weren’t a 20-hour drive…
    So very glad you had a good time and were organised (yay, Jan!) and looked fabulous in those shoes and sold stuff!

    All in all, I would call that a success…

    Lotsa love,


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    • Dear Dale,

      20 hours? Is that all? Pfft. One of these days we’ll meet face to face without the Skype screen. 😉
      Oy, those shoes. My feet are still voicing their displeasure. But they are so cute.
      I call it a success, too. Now to order more copies of PSKFM.

      Thank you for your moral support as always, my dear friend. ❤



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      • I know, right? Why am I complaining? So we cut it in half… 😉
        They really are cute (good thing I could see them proper-like on FB…)
        Yay! Order away!

        Always… Lots of love your way!

        Dale xo

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  • Thanks for the praise. I do like the interaction with people as they look at the art and books. Many walked by, glanced, and then retraced their steps to look closer. We are excited about the potential new show in the Fall. It would probably be our largest event.

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    • Dear Kim,

      It was a lot of fun, really and the sales weren’t terrible. 😉 And of course there were opportunities to taste the wine. The possible invitation I mentioned to a winefest in September is a definite go. Got the application yesterday. We were told by the event planners they’re quite particular about the artists they let participate and that I would be a perfect fit. 😀 (Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I was beginning to think this was tine invisible blog post. 😉 )



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  • Dear Rochelle,

    Your trip sounds as if it was a great success, and I’m thrilled to hear about one of your books selling out. No doubt those customers will be dying to read the sequels soon, as I was after reading the first.

    And ten out of ten goes to the Chief for showing such enthusiasm and belief in your creative works!

    Speak to you soon.

    All best wishes,

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    • Dear Sarah,

      Naturally I hope the customers will want to read the sequels. 😉 I’m very happy you felt that way.

      It’s good to have the Chief along because, truth be told, he’s a better organizer than I.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It means a lot. I’ve been just a little rattled that I’ve gotten so few likes and even fewer comments. Out of nearly 4,000 ‘followers’ one would think…ah well, I think they just love me for Friday Fictioneers.



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      • Dear Rochelle,

        I get rattled by people’s narrow lack of interest in particular posts. I’ve found it especially so with anything that’s related to one’s novels. They can be very unsupportive. I’ve thought of publishing under a pen-name in future, so I don’t have to get cross at all the friends, family, and online contacts who don’t show any interest in my creative endeavours. …There’s my little rant for today, for what it’s worth! Just saying, I know how you feel.

        All best wishes,

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