TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — It’s a show that draws more than a thousand people twice a year, but it’s not a performance the community gathers to see — it’s gems.
“We are the largest handcrafted gemstone show in the world,” said Casey Kennerson, Colors of the Stone show manager.
Local artist, Patricia Healey, has clients from all over the world.
The Colors of the Stone gem show sees around a thousand people every day every fall and winter, seeing patrons and performers from all over.
“They come from all over the world. We also have local artists from Tucson; we always like to make sure we promote local artists,” Kennerson said.
Healey has been exhibiting at the show for about 20 years.
“I just started sharing a booth and I only had two copper trays and now I have – I don’t even know how many trays,” Healey said.
She creates every design for her copper jewelry, beads and pendants.
“I went to three different blacksmith schools, mostly for safety reasons,” Healey said.
The Fall Gems Show provides a platform for exhibitors to share the stories behind their art and to achieve face-to-face interaction with their customers.
“All artists have a story behind what they’ve created,” Healey said. “There has to be; to be an art maker, you have to have a story behind it, so when you’re buying directly from the artist, you hear a little about it,” Healey added.
Along with face-to-face interaction, in-person shows also help Healey sell his work.
“Probably a good 50% of my personal income comes from in-person shows,” Healey said.
Healey said it wasn’t just about revenue, but the reaction from her clients, new and old, made her smile.
“We work very hard in preparation and when we see that there is a queue, it’s really a good feeling that we worked so hard and that people came to the show to see our work,” said Healey said.
Patricia Healey Copper will be at the Colors of the Stone fashion show earlier this year for the winter show.
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