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Mayday! Underground is this Weekend

November 2015 Event Cover

New this year – Mayday is giving away two $50 gift cards to be used at the show this weekend.

November 7 & 8
10:00 – 5:00
Mayday! Underground Crafts + Art

274 North Goodman (upstairs)
Rochester, NY

Cabbages & Kings Stationery
Cat Clay
Chicory Farm SoapWinner Soaps, Lotions & Candles at Christkindl Market 2014
CM Goodenbury PhotographyHonorable Mention, 2014 Artist Row; 1st Place in Photography, 2014 Hilton Apple Fest; 1st Place in Photography, Corn Hill Arts Festival 2015
Dirty Ass Soaps
Francesca DeCaire
GemX Jewelry Design
Gifts for Life
Isaac Bidwell
JackBear Stamps
Just Terrific Handcrafted Goods
Kingsley Street Artisan Soaps1st Place in Candles, Soap & Body Products at Sauquoit Valley Fine Arts & Crafts Show
Kira Arts
The Knotty Owl
Laurel O’Brien
Making the Nest of It
Metal Some ArtArtist Row Award 2015
Moya Lazy Factory
On Hand Lotions
Papersaurus Creative
Peaches Products
Prismatic Gardens
Sage Studios
Sunshine on Water
Sunshyne Silverwear
Weathered Heather1st Place in Jewelry, 2014 Naples Grape Fest

Shop Local, Sponsor Local

Click image for details of available sponsorship levels.

Click image for details of available sponsorship levels.

The deadline for artists to apply to the fall Mayday! Underground Crafts + Art Show is next Tuesday, September 1. Whether you are an artist or not, you might be interested in helping sponsor this 12th semi-annual, very popular & successful indie show. There are sponsorship opportunities galore, some free, some paid.

Click image to go to the show's Facebook event page, which will be filled with photos of participating artists once they have been announced on September 10.

Click image to go to the show’s Facebook event page, which will be filled with photos of participating artists once they have been announced on September 10.

Double Your Mayday Fun!

City Ad

Mayday Underground organizers Amanda Preske and Casey Wright listen to their artists – and so have decided to try a two-day show! Artists could apply for either day or both.

Isn’t it interesting that it’s the successful shows who ask how to improve? Poorly run shows never ask! I guess they don’t know how much they don’t know.

Following their now tradition of the May show being held at the Village Gate Atrium, the fall show will be held at the Main Street Armory. It’s an interesting old building – worth the price of admission (free!) just to see it, including the ladies room! And the first 25 shoppers through the door, receive a swag bag containing items donated by the artists. It’s noteworthy to mention, there’s always a line, waiting for the doors to open at 10:00.

I was telling a fellow artist the other day, a Mayday regular, that I remember going to the first show they held 4 years ago. It was in an old building on St. Paul, if I remember correctly. There was all this talk about an “indie” show and I had to see for myself what it was all about. I admit, I was skeptical – so skeptical I didn’t apply, which is a little unusual for me. Unlike some artists, I don’t mind trying a show in its first year, getting in on the ground floor, so to speak.

So I went to see for myself. Oh. Now I get it! I’ve been a fan ever since and have been honored to be accepted to a number of the shows.

Every May and November, when the acceptances come out, there’s a big brouhaha on our Rochester Artisans email list created by people unhappy they were not accepted. Like over the top, excessively unhappy. I honestly don’t get it. No other show seems to elicit this type of response.

I think it’s ageism, to be honest. Amanda and Casey are young women putting on a highly competitive show. And what’s this “indie” all about, anyway? Humans tend to attack what they don’t understand.

Simply put, “indie” is using traditional materials in new ways (embroidery done in a tattoo style) or using new materials in traditional ways (weaving baskets with computer cable). Ha! I started to type weaving baskets with telephone wire but that’s actually an old material in these wireless, cellular days.

I probably should not have brought up the brouhaha – because miraculously, it didn’t happen for this November show! Maybe we’ve finally hashed it to death. Amen! As I like to say, “There are a bazillion other shows and they just freed you up to apply to another show that is more suitable to your craft and where you’ll be more successful.”

It’s also a Sample Soap collection site so kindly Sample Soap Logobring your personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, unopened toiletries, lotions, diapers, cosmetics). Sample Soap distributes them to the neediest citizens in the Greater Rochester, NY area.

And the Flower City Follies will be performing on Sunday at 3:00.

I highly recommend you stop by this weekend and see all the wonderful artists selling their handcrafted goods.

November 2 & 3
10:00 – 6:00
Mayday Underground Crafts + Art

Rochester Main Street Armory
900 East Main Street
Rochester, NY

Beadwork by Amanda
Fly Rabbit Press
Francesca DeCaire
Peaches Products3rd Place in Mixed Media, Corn Hill Art Festival 2013
Pine Tree Designs 2013 RPO Bravo Award Winner; 2013 Honorable Mention at Artist Row (Saturday only.)
Simplesong Studio
Sunshyne Silverwear

RA Mayday Collage

Whoa. That’s a whole lotta shows!

Am I the only Rochester Artisan not participating in an art festival or quilt show next weekend??

I better not hear any human complain about nothing to do – because here’s plenty of events to keep you busy! Go fire up your GPS and get ready for an art-filled road trip! Oswego, Syracuse, Canandaigua, Spencerport, Caledonia and Rochester….

July 27-29
Friday July 27, 2012 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday July 28, 2012 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday July 29, 2012 11:00am – 8:00pm
25th Annual Oswego Harborfest

Riverwalk East
Oswego, NY

Wooly ThingsWinner Best of Show, 2011 Hilton Apple Fest

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July 27-29
Friday: 10:00 – 6:00
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 5:00
Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival

Columbus Circle
Syracuse, NY

Pysanky by MiaBest of Show Award, Central NY Maple Festival
Rainmaker Designs

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July 28
10:00 – 4:00
Mini Mayday

The Decibel Lounge
45 Euclid Street
Rochester, NY

The Fuzzy Bunny
In My Head Studios
Kira Arts
Moya Lazy Factory
Our Secret Treehouse
Soft Shell Crafts
Sweet Pea Felts

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July 28
10:00 – 4:00
Caledonia Quilt Guild Quilt Show

Hamilton Park
Caledonia, NY

Washington Landing Creations

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July 28 & 29
Sat and Sun: 10:00 – 5:00
39th Annual Waterfront Art Festival

Kershaw Park
Canandaigua, NY

By Ann2011 Hilton Apple Fest Winner for Best Painting/Drawing Category
Custom Bags by Cherie
Holly Ruby Glass
Katie’s Creative Designs
Lisa’s Creations
Studio Moon NY
Vero’s Beaux Chapeaux Fiber Art
Woodland Wisp Jewelry CreationsOutstanding Artisan, 2012 Fairport Canal Days

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July 28 & 29
Sat & Sun: 10:00 – 5:00
Spencerport Canal Days

Village of Spencerport
Spencerport, NY

Christine & Co. Design
Francesca DeCaire
Generous Spirit Jewelry
Kathy’s Krafts
Kelley’s Beading
L Prince Designs Jewelry
MT AdVentures
Tom Zachman Fused Glass

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Last Day to Apply to Mayday Underground Crafts + Art

This is one of my favorite shows! I’m taking a break from shows for a while so I’m not applying but I strongly encourage those whose product would sell well to the “indie” crowd. The customers are all generally young but not completely. Just a few years old now, it has become a well-known Rochester show.

They target show dates to be the first Saturdays in May and November, but due to venue availability, sometimes the dates are “close enough”. I will tell you, whichever show it is, it always starts with 50+ customers waiting for the doors to open. I’ve seen the line snake around the building! That’s because the first 50 people through the doors get a swag bag, filled with freebies from the artisans. Because the swag bags are such a hit, many artists want to donate to them but organizers keep the swag bags to a healthy minimum so customers are very inclined to buy, not get it all for free. It works great for this show!

We will be jurying items for quality and uniqueness, and also to maintain a balanced mix of mediums. Please keep in mind that several categories have many applicants, and that we cannot accept all who apply due to space limits. Mayday Underground is an indie craft show, and we will be selecting items that best fit the urban feel.

And vendors of all ages should apply – art knows no age! I calculated myself to be the oldest or one of the oldest artisans selling at their fall show. I just turned 56 last weekend – I wear it loud and proud, my friends.

I always say the organizers, Amanda Preske and Casey Wright set the gold standard for producing a great show with a low entrance fee – just $45. They are both very talented artists themselves so they know how to treat artists.

The application and all the show details are here.

Rochester Artisans has applied to be a Silver Sponsor for the show and I’ve answered their call for volunteers to help.

See you there, April 28!

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