The People You Meet on the Street…
I had the good fortune of meeting two lovely women who were enjoying the Arts Festival Sidewalk Sale this morning – and found out that one had been coming to the Festival since the beginning and one was a first timer!
What great luck for me!
I came to find out that Sherry Dershimer, a former State College business owner and current interior designer, has been coming to the Arts Festival almost since its inception. She had a gallery in the 70s called Something Old, Something New where she liked to showcase local artists – and can now walk the Festival route and see some of those artists still today.
“The Festival is a ritual for me,” she says.
Her new friend, Kristen Anderson, from Austin, TX has never been to Arts Festival before…but is not new to the festival scene. An artist in her own right, Kristen has exhibited her fiber art (hats made from reclaimed, disused and discarded materials) all over the country. When she heard about Arts Festival from her friend Liz Jones, a State College local and the woman that brought Kristen and Sherry together, she rearranged her summer plans to attend.
Attending festivals, she says, is “part shopping, part scouting.” While browsing the streets she’ll get ideas for marketing, displaying and promoting her own work – and maybe pick up an idea or two for how to improve her own technique.
Plus, Kristen adds, “I always encourage the arts – it supports so many people.”
This isn’t just lip service for Kristen – her husband is a professional musician so they truly have an artistic family.
As for what these women will buy while at Arts Festival – they still aren’t sure, but Kristen says that “most of my dollars will be spent on work from State College artists because it supports my mission to support local artists.”
Plus, she says, there is joy in being able to bring a piece back to her Texas home and say “I bought this in State College from a State College artist.”