Allentown Art Festival 2013: Cool, Damp, and Still Fun!

June 9th, 2013 at 8:14 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

The 56th Allentown Art Festival launched on Saturday under less than ideal weather conditions, but the crowds still came and the artists — some 400 of them — were game to show their wares as they scrambled to shore up dripping canopies. Many told me sales picked up as the day went along, and at least one tallied his best day ever at the much-anticipated annual art show.

Even though the crowd looked sizable Saturday afternoon, some vendors said they could tell many shoppers were waiting for better weather Sunday to head to the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

Even though the crowd looked sizable Saturday afternoon, some vendors said they could tell many shoppers were waiting for better weather Sunday to head to the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

I absolutely love the magnificent "Swallowtail Beauty" that watercolor artist Jody Ziehm showed this year at Allentown.  It sold shortly after she opened on Saturday. Jody is excited about a new venture in which you and your friends can create your own watercolor in a party atmosphere. Learn more at her Facebook page MypaintingUncorked.

I absolutely love the magnificent “Swallowtail Beauty” that watercolor artist Jody Ziehm showed this year at Allentown. It sold shortly after she opened on Saturday. Jody is excited about a new venture in which you and your friends can create your own watercolor in a party atmosphere. Learn more at her Facebook page MypaintingUncorked.

It's always a head-turner to see Buffalo police officers on Segways!

It’s always a head-turner to see Buffalo police officers on Segways!

Fresh from being voted Buffalo's Best Photographer 2013 in Artvoice, Mark Callen says he was very happy to be able to rent a roomier 'double-wide' booth at Allentown - the first time this has been an option for vendors.  Callen says if a single booth gets too crowded, potential buyers will walk right by.

Fresh from being voted Buffalo’s Best Photographer 2013 in Artvoice, Mark Callen says he was very happy to be able to rent a roomier ‘double-wide’ booth at Allentown – the first time this has been an option for vendors. Callen says if a single booth gets too crowded, potential buyers will walk right by.

Wine connoisseur Kevin Lovullo and his wife, Jackie Re Lovullo, a local artist, were taking in the atmosphere Saturday in Allentown.

Wine connoisseur Kevin Lovullo and his wife, Jackie Re Lovullo, a local artist, were taking in the atmosphere Saturday in Allentown.

Many festival-goers took an extended walk on Allen Street to enjoy the much more eclectic Allen West Festival -- a non-juried street fair with music, food, and craftier fare. A different atmosphere and lots of fun.

Many festival-goers took an extended walk on Allen Street to enjoy the much more eclectic Allen West Festival — a non-juried street fair with music, food, and craftier fare. A different atmosphere and lots of fun.

What a surprise to run into the Stanz family from Hamburg.  They operate Outback Kettle Corn, which is a personal favorite of mine.  I got to know this close-knit and determined family after Staff Sgt. John Stanz was seriously wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan. John suffered life-changing injuries.  It was good to see him and his parents, John and Sandy, smiling today.

What a surprise to run into the Stanz family from Hamburg. They operate Outback Kettle Corn, which is a personal favorite of mine. I got to know this close-knit and determined family after Staff Sgt. John Stanz was seriously wounded while serving our country in Afghanistan. John suffered life-changing injuries. It was good to see him and his parents, John and Sandy, smiling today.

The Buffalo Police Department had its "Eye in the Sky" watching over the crowd Saturday at the Allentown Art Festival.

The Buffalo Police Department had its “Eye in the Sky” watching over the crowd Saturday at the Allentown Art Festival.

"Skywatch" is now a regular feature of Buffalo Police Department security measures when large crowds gather.  We last saw it at the finish line of the Buffalo Marathon two weeks ago.

“Skywatch” is now a regular feature of Buffalo Police Department security measures when large crowds gather. We last saw it at the finish line of the Buffalo Marathon two weeks ago.

Buffalo Illustrator Mike Gelen and his wife, graphic designer Ellen Stay-Gelen, were having a good day at their Inkwell Studios booth despite the chilly, damp conditions.

Buffalo Illustrator Mike Gelen and his wife, graphic designer Ellen Stay-Gelen, were having a good day at their Inkwell Studios booth despite the chilly, damp conditions.

Deputy Wayne Wolf on Thunder and his colleagues from the Erie County Sheriff's Mounted Division were all part of crowd control as they greeted visitors at the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

Deputy Wayne Wolf on Thunder and his colleagues from the Erie County Sheriff’s Mounted Division were all part of crowd control as they greeted visitors at the 56th Allentown Art Festival.

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