The Toad Is Away

Posted: 4th April 2011 by ToadHollowPhoto in The Toad's Musings
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Well, it’s been one hairy weekend, even for a Toad!  We were up and about pretty much all weekend finalizing all our arrangements for the upcoming 41st Annual Cowichan Valley Fine Arts Show!! Please click here for information on the show.

We’ve been in touch with the council lately and it appears that even in the current economic climate, art shows are a big deal.  This year they are expecting a record number of artists, submissions and visitors.  One of my tasks this past weekend was finishing the framing of our 2 prints that will be displayed in the exhibition.  There were specific guidelines I had to follow for our prints to be accepted.

Our Twitter and WordPress blog here will be offline as of today until next Monday.  To say we’ll be thinking of all our friends and fans is a massive understatement, please know we will be missing you all!  It’s very difficult for me to walk away from our online community of friends and fans, even for a week…  we just love everyone and really love being part of the community.  But, this is important for us.  We are hoping to perhaps win an award at the show, or at the very least form some great new relationships personally and professionally with the people in our community.

It takes a massive amount of effort to ready for such a show.  We had to order in our prints for the main exhibition as well as all our products we will be selling at our table for the 4 days starting on Thursday, April 7th through to Sunday, April 10th.  Mrs. Toad has been working tirelessly on packaging all our products, matting a large set of prints, and taking care of all the small details that come up.  We still have quite a bit to do, but in all honesty we will be ready to go.

Tomorrow everything begins.  We have to head over to the center to drop off our exhibition prints in the morning.  By 2:00PM they will be hung in the main exhibition area, and as we understand things there will be some private judging at that time, probably for some of the awards that will be handed out.

On Wednesday we arrive for the Gala Opening.  There is an auction before the opening that begins around 5:00PM we understand, and we will definitely be at the Gala well before 7:00PM.

Then on Thursday the real fun begins…  4 days of exhibition and taking care of our table in the gift shop area.  I will try to send periodic updates via Twitter if anything exciting happens, but as mentioned, our main Twitter feed will be quiet during this time as we focus on the show.  Updates will most certainly be pending for next Monday, for sure, stay tuned for all the after-show news!!

And with that, I must be off to attend to some details!  As said, we will really be thinking of everyone, and missing you all…  it’s very very hard to be away from all the action here at The Hollow!  Best wishes to everyone, we’ll be back next week!!



  1. avatar Chris Nitz says:

    You all have a great time and enjoy the show. I am rooting for ya!!

  2. We’ll miss you too. Best wishes for a great show.

  3. best of luck to you both!

  4. This is beyond exciting. I hope that you are keeping a journal of all the events to share with us when you return. I wish you both the very best of luck and and above all, have a wonderful time.

    • It was one of the best events I’ve ever attended in my life, met some wonderful peers and future customers! I will post an update here pretty soon, thanks so much for all your kindness & support Barbara, we sure did miss everyone this week…

  5. avatar Tom Barnett says:

    Best of luck and have a great time! Looking forward to your return!

  6. avatar Jim Denham says:

    Good luck Toads! I’m sure the show will be a great success! You will be missed in the Twitterverse, however! Looking forward to hearing about the results!

  7. avatar Cathy Ross says:

    Have a great show, you and Mrs. Toad!! We’ll all be here when you get back!!

  8. avatar Heather says:

    You will be missed, but I am EXCITED for you guys!!!

  9. avatar Jerry Denham says:

    Have a great time, Toad. Hope you sell a pile of prints. We will save your spot for you til you come back. Looking forward to hearing the results.

  10. Cya when you’re all back to normal!

    • Normal might be a tad overzealous, we ARE Toad’s afterall!! LOL Really missed everyone and looking forward to sharing an update and seeing what everyone is up to! Really appreciate your kindness Chris, it means the world to us!

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