Kids Rule the Day at the Montrose Art Fair

It was the bright sunny weekend of June 3rd and 4th as several thousand people converged on the shopping village of Montrose, CA to celebrate the annual Montrose Arts and Crafts Fair. This included the booth of the LA Chapter of Artists for a Better World.

Members set up their booth at the fair displaying works from several artists. We displayed the art of Lynda Hubbard and Nico Vosloo and Becky Mate. Becky unveiled her latest painting called “Welcome” which was completed the night before the fair. Lallah Rowe displayed her fantasy novel The Flame of Magic.

Musicians Tim Corbo and Randy Rivera stopped by with their guitars to liven things up and bring smiles to all.
But the real hit of the day was the kids’ table. We had our usual kids drawing table set up where kids drew pictures of what makes them happy. At the table we handed out copies of our new How To Be Happy coloring book. The book demonstrates to kids how creative and productive pursuits lead to happiness while drugs do not. Every young person was offered the coloring book as well as a Good Choices book when they arrived.

While kids were busy coloring, they also waited in line for face painting by Ron Fugitt. There were so many kids lined up that Lallah Rowe had to pitch in and help with the painting.

It was standing room only as kids and parents crowded into the booth.

While the kids were busy coloring or getting their faces painted, their parents were introduced to Artists for a Better World and our many activities. Many people made purchases at the booth or donated to Artists for a Better World. Parents also received copies of The Way To Happiness. We also gave out copies of The Way to Happiness DVDs, a complete book with video illustrations.

The vast majority of people who stopped at the booth were artists of some kind. Some were actively doing their art and others that were encouraged to start doing their art again. So, many new friends were made. Over forty people added their names to our mailing list, eager to learn more about our group and how we help artists.

The two-day event was a huge success for all concerned.

“I was thrilled to participate in the AFABW booth to show my art. I got very good responses to my latest painting, and one woman just had to sign up for my website when I told her I would upload it, so prints would be available. It is nice to see other people be passionate about art!”