Young Artists are the Key To Summer Art Festivals

Young Artists are the Key To Summer Art Festivals

ButterflyWe need your help supporting a young artist selling her dynamic photos at at a summer art festival, the Port Clinton Art Festival.   It started as a means to teach Lulu about economics and the difficulty that artists face when trying to sell their work.  But now our little “Kayla Keats Photography” initiative has morphed into so much more.  What started out as taking some pictures at the Chicago Botanic Garden, developing them at Costco and then selling them at the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park on August 23rd and 24th has become a family affair. Flower2 In May, Adam and Lulu decided that they wanted to spend an afternoon together.  (I was all for some Daddy-Daughter bonding time.) So, they grabbed their cameras and took off.  A few hours later, Lulu shot over 200 photos with her Nikon D70.  It took a few weeks but Lulu edited her remarkable photos and dwindled the collection to 12 AMAZING shots.   She decided that she wanted to sell her photos and, hopefully, make enough money to buy herself a new computer for school.  (She starts 6th grade on Thursday, August 21st – just a few days short of Lulu’s 11th birthday.) So, with our encouragement, our young artist paid the entrance fee and became an official exhibitor at the Port Clinton Art Festival. kayla-portclinton-9 As her biggest supporters (and pseudo-benefactors), Adam and I purchased matting and plastic bags.  We helped her price her work so she could recoup our expenses and still make a profit.  And lastly, Adam created a website where she can sell her photos (in addition to the Port Clinton Art Festival) to friends and family who aren’t able to make the event.

www.kaylakeats.com  

So, now we are asking for your support and help.  Lulu is so excited to exhibit her work and hopes that her friends and local family will attend the fair and support her.  But she is also at an age where she is skeptical that people will actually purchase her art.  Sure, she figures, her parents and grandparents HAVE TO LIKE her photos—we’re related to her.  But Lulu has confessed to me that she isn’t sure that others will feel as excited by her art.  We disagree and hope that you will too. kayla-portclinton-11 Won’t you please log onto www.kaylakeats.com and purchase at least 1 or 2 of her pictures? As an added incentive, we have created a promotion that will take 20% off the total cost of your purchase.   Please use PORTCLINTON14 for a 20% coupon.   Please help us support a young artist and her passion for seeing the world through the lens of her camera.   Adam and I appreciate your help and hope that you love her pictures as much as we do!

Spring Has Sprung & It’s Time For Fun!

Spring Has Sprung & It’s Time For Fun!

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Is Is it possible?  Spring may actually have made its appearance and, let’s be honest, it’s not a moment too soon for this outdoorsy gal.  In the midst of the winter gloom, I often find myself asking: “Why do I live in this dreary, cold and grey wasteland?”  The answer is always the same: It’s the seasons.  And Spring has Sprung!  Thus, my child-like mania kicks in and I am super psyched for 2 great events happening this weekend.  And because I love running into people I know (& love) I wanted to share them with you:

You know that I love buying and eating food that is grown locally, right?  Well, guess what?  The Chicago Green City Market FINALLY moves to its outdoor location.  (In the winter, the market is held at the Peggy Notebaert Museum.)

images-4 The Chicago Green City Market sells local, sustainable food.  In the midst of this cornucopia of food, flavors and colors, the goal of the market is to educate, promote and connect farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the greater Chicago community.  When Lulu was a baby, I spent many hours strolling through the aisles and aisles of organic and locally grown produce, fresh baked breads and dairy goods pretending that I was a Parisian woman shopping for dinner.  Now that Lulu is a bit older, we grab our Saturday morning breakfast at Abby’s Crepe stand.  Seriously, these are the best crepes that I have ever eaten!  Next, we’ll visit Sunday Dinner where Chefs Christine Cikowski and Joshua Kulp serve up the BEST burgers in the city!  (Hungry yet?)  Usually, well, except for this weekend, Adam goes to the Green City Market with us and keeps us on track and focused on the foods we want to cook for the week.  Since he will be at the Mom 2.0 Summit this weekend, Lulu and I will be left to our own defenses.  So, I anticipate that we won’t come home with too much produce because we will have eaten it all on the way home from the market.  Unless….we stop at the next location on my “Weekend To-Do list.:

 

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I love going to the Land of Nod and was so bummed when it closed its Northbrook Court location.  Interestingly, (at least to me) Adam and my first visit was during their inaugural weekend.  We had just discovered that Lulu was going to be a girl and were jazzed to buy “girly” things.  Adam and I were so impressed with the whimsy of the decor and the inventiveness of the furniture that we promised ourselves that we would decorate Lulu’s nursery based on what we saw at Land of Nod.  It’s hard to believe that she and the store are turning double digits!  And, yes, while some of the activities listed above are a bit “young” for Lulu’s advanced age (i.e. Wiggleworms don’t appeal to 10 year-olds) I know that she will be jazzed to try out the photo booth,  tattoo station and…even if she won’t admit it, boogie to the sounds of Justin Roberts! In any case, it will be a blast to celebrate the store’s birthday with them, don’t you think?

So, can I count you in? How will you be celebrating the first weekend in May?