The fabulous blue skies of the state of New Mexico, have always been
invited to arts and crafts shows, especially when they are held outdoors. On this day, there were a couple of uninvited puffy clouds in the area, but that was okay. The sun was shining brightly, and the flowers were in full bloom, all around Old Town Plaza, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This was a perfect setting for an outdoor arts and crafts show, and the colorful displays throughout the Plaza was quite a sight to see.
People from all over the world visit Old Town, to sight-see, and to shop
The state of New Mexico is blessed with thousands of talented and very accomplished artists; craftspeople and writers. Arts and crafts shows usually generate large amounts of traffic, and on this day, there were over 150 exhibitor's participating in the show. A warm welcome to everyone!
On display, were the usual colorful items including; paintings; wood;
leather; macrame; ceramics; glass; pottery, and much more.
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, and the show was winding down, but there were still many visitors throughout the Plaza...when all of a sudden...and without warning...THE SPRINKLERS CAME ON!
PANIC! CHAOS! People scattered in every direction! The awful sound of glass crashing to the sidewalks; displays tumbling over; beautiful paintings came crashing to the ground; pottery and ceramics met their fate on the sidewalks as well...what a nightmare! It was an awful scene, as the exhibitor's tried desparetely to save what they could! All of us were drenched...soaking wet! We all looked as we had just stepped out of the shower! I couldn't believe this was happening!
The sprinklers went off about 15 minutes later, but the incredible damage had already been done. Many of the exhibitor's lost a good part of their work. For me, I was able to salvage most of my work in the weeks to come, but it took a lot of time and work.
For all of us on that dreadful day...we all "took a bath"...figuratively
AND literally! Welcome to the School of Hard Knocks...
NOTE: Many years later, when I promoted six of my own outdoor shows (Art in the Park), I made sure the sprinklers were covered with those heavy landscaping stones, so this would not happen again...Jer