ACC Balitmore – Booth Set Up – Day 1

by Lisa Call on February 18, 2013

in News

It’s Baltimore time! My first ever “stand in a booth and sell my art” type show. Pretty exciting.

And a LOT of work. We get 2 days to set up our booths, which is nice as I don’t feel rushed at all. I took a break early afternoon and wandered up to the Lexington Market to get a lump crab cake from Faidley’s. Pretty darn yummy!

Here’s a short photo documentary of my day:

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
Booth 1207 – The Boxed Version

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
Booth 1207 – The Unboxed Version

Or at least the booth is unboxed – the art is still boxed up. Note to self – don’t pack the sharp implement to open the boxes inside the boxes – I opened 6 boxes before I found it.

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
Booth Walls are Up

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
The Electricity Works

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
Fancy Sign from ACC (American Craft Council)

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
Fancy Shopping Bags from ACC

Note the shoes not on my feet. Glad I have carpet and padding as I am not a fan of wearing shoes.

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
The Lights Waiting Patiently for Their Turn

It took a couple of hours to set up my 18 lights. Next time it will be faster. At least one imagines such things.

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
Lights are Up and I’m Done

I met my goal of getting the booth set up today so around 6pm I left the convention center. I should have taken the photo before putting up the blue sheet to cover the entrance to the booth but, well I didn’t.

The orange stickers on the boxes are empty stickers. In theory they will take the boxes away and then bring them back with the show is over. I hope this theory works out well.

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
Booth Signs

The other reason I stopped is I hadn’t finished cutting out my booth signs. But they are done now and are ready to go for tomorrow.

I printed out my signs and mounted them onto mat board before I left home and this evening I cut them down to the proper size. Tomorrow I will attach them to the propanel walls with Velcro.

ACC Balitmore - Booth Set Up - Day 1 ©Lisa Call
My Hotel Room

I have more art to make before the show starts. So best get to work!


PS – American Craft Council show details are here.

Retail days – please come say hello in booth 1207!

Friday, Feb. 22: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Baltimore Convention Center is at One West Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland.


Cynthia Morris February 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Holy carp!

I can’t believe this – it already looks great and it’s not even up. This is a major endeavor and I’m amazed you’ve been able to document and post this. Rock on and have a fabulous time!

I hope the show exceeds all your hopes and expectations and that you have some fun, too.

Linda February 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Note about where the box cutter is. Label that box: “open first” for next time. Been there, done that! Good luck.

Lisa Call April 7, 2013 at 8:35 am


Or take in on the plane. Oh wait – never mind :)


Ayn February 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

Wow what a story and journey…just caught up with the past few posts. This is incredible – what better way to make great use of your “uber-awesome” project management talents! Logistics schmistics – there ain’t nothin’ stoppin you! Love that you’re stitching away in your hotel room too. Looking forward to seeing pics of the finished set up with your work all hung – it looks super great on those grey walls. Have a great show!

Barbara Talbott February 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

This looks amazing. I am in awe that you accomplished this much in one day. So glad I found your blog. Love this post!

Can’t wait to meet you on Sunday!

Lori LaBerge February 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

I have to admire you. I’ve done this more times than I can count with help from family and cannot imagine doing it on my own. You are a great inspiration for other artists.

Ana February 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Not sure how you can pack all these things in your life. It all looks amazing. I think the pussy cats were a great addition, but I am sure they don’t travel well.
Good luck!

patty February 20, 2013 at 7:19 am

This is a lot of work for one person! The booth looks great!

Maria Shell February 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Glad to see that I am not the only one who travels with a sewing machine. I wish you the very best. GO LISA GO!

Lisa Call April 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

Thanks everyone for the support! It was fun fun fun!

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