It was definitely a night to remember! For my first San Francisco craft fair, I was selected to showcase my artwork at the San Francisco Holiday Bazaar hosted by the Academy of Sciences. It couldn't have been a better opportunity: I have loved the Academy of Sciences ever since I moved to San Francisco 8 years ago and lived out in the Sunset district, only a few blocks away from the Academy. I loved to go to the museum and gawk at the giant fish tanks full of exotic and beautifully-colorful fish. I also adored the rainforest exhibit, complete with fluttering blue morpho butterflies and striking owl butterflies. But I would always get the most excited to see the penguins, they are just so cute!
So who would have known my luck that not only would I get the opportunity to sell my artwork at the Academy but I would do so just feet away from the penguins. Spoiler-alert, they go to bed early! I think they turned off the lights in their exhibit around 7pm, just after the party got started.
The fair was a huge success, my parents, sister and many of my dear friends showed up to support me. I couldn't have been more proud and more honored.
However, I learned a valuable lesson about organization (don't just pack everything into one box!) and also on how long it takes to set up my display screens (about 30 minutes which wouldn't have been enough time had it not been for my parents for arriving early and helping me set up my space). All-in-all I will definitely be doing this fair again next year!