Stroll Weekend took on truly special meaning when I was running my art gallery on Nantucket’s Old South Wharf in 2013. I was delighted by the warmth and spirit of the community on island. As I prepared my gallery for this festive weekend of celebrations, I found myself diving into the art of home decor and tablescapes...something I hadn't ever imagined I would be interested in or intrigued by. I found companies that would take images, e.g. photos of paintings and print them on various products. I had coasters, plates and pillows designed and ever since that weekend I have enjoyed creating home decor with an artistic twist!
For those of you who may not be familiar with Stroll weekend on Nantucket... it usually takes place over the first weekend of December. Nantucket becomes a mini winter wonderland with family and friends enjoying a buying and window shopping extravaganza!
This year, my good friend Holly Finigan invited me to participate as a vendor in her Happy Place Market. Holly has been an inspiration in my life and a truly great friend. She has been a huge supporter of my artwork and art career for many years...so being a part of her Happy Place was a thrill!
When I arrived at Holly's Happy Place at 6:45 a.m. to set up my table, I looked in each room to see the names of great friends and also women in business on island who would be marketing their wears alongside me throughout the weekend. Lauren Marttila, Jeannie Vincent, Erin Wilson, Carlisle Jensen, Sarah Fraunfelder, Joanna Roche are a few of the other women in business who rocked up to the table...literally!
Preparing for a weekend of sales at Happy Place Market was intense but incredibly rewarding. I started painting holiday gouache works in October to prepare for the process of printing on a variety of products. I arrived at my little place in town a few days before all of the festivities got underway and that is when my prep work really began. I am a firm believer in presentation...I wanted my products and my table to look and feel special and welcoming for customers. I decided to create two different looks on my table: on one half I curated a tablescape showing how one's holiday dinner table might look with my plates, mugs, napkins, etc. and the other half of the table was used for my “store.”
Below are stages of my creative process for my MH Art and Home Holiday Collection!
MH Holiday Artwork