Sunny Days at Tempe Festival of the Arts

Seeded Earth Photography at Tempe Festival of the Arts

Seeded Earth Photography at Tempe Festival of the Arts

Sherpa came out to Arizona for the weekend and proved invaluable in helping me set up and assist in manning the Seeded Earth Photography booth at the Tempe Festival of the Arts in Tempe, Arizona. Plus it was great to see him after his exile in snowy Madison!

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival of the Arts

The streets were filled with enthusiastic crowds and I had a great time explaining my artistic philosophy to hundreds of people. Most people don’t care why I do the kind of photography I do, but these people not only cared, they wanted to hear about my photography, why I shoot macros, and how I decided to show on the art fair circuit. The conversations were a highlight of the first two days of the show.

Tempe Festival of the Arts - Saturday Afternoon Shopping for Art

Saturday Shopping for Art at Tempe Festival of the Arts

The weather was perfect. The crowds friendly and seemed to enjoy the festival. One of my favorite parts of the show were when people would look into my booth, stop in their tracks, point at a specific photograph of mine, and break out into a huge grin. When they came into the booth, they were a pleasure to work with.

Today, Sunday March 27th, is the last day of the Tempe Festival of the Arts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you live in the Phoenix area, there are 300 artists who would love to talk to you and have you enjoy their art.


Bo Mackison is the photographer and owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC.  She is living in Tucson for two months – exhibiting her photography in art shows, taking photographs, and blogging about photography, art fairs, and living life “solo”.  She is at the Tempe Festival of the Arts through Sunday, March 27th, showing her botanicals and several photos in her new desert series.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Hope the week-end has been a successful one for you. So glad your husband could join you.

    • Bo Mackison says:

      It was great having company for the weekend. We will both probably be a little sad when he goes to the airport to head back to chilly Wisconsin.

  2. I’m glad you’re enjoying the experience and that the people there are still friendly!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Lovely people at the Tempe Festival, Montucky. Friendly, enthusiastic about art, and certainly enjoying the near perfect weather!

  3. Look at the SUNSHINE and warmth:) (and yes, Michigan is freezing (literally!)) so enjoy the warmth…lucky!

    It is wonderful to hear that others are interested in learning about your creative process. How exciting! It sounds like this has been the perfect way to share your work:)

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Yep, seems like there is ALWAYS sunshine in Arizona. Coming from life in the Midwest, this is one amazing sunshine-y place!

  4. Joanne Keevers says:

    From your photos here it looks like the arts festival had a “market stall” feel about it, which would have been fantastic. From my own experience I have found people who go to markets are always friendly and interested in the wares on display at the stalls.

    It sounds as if there was a great atmosphere to the whole weekend, no doubt added to by the presence of Sherpa! 🙂

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Sherpa is always a great addition to any art fair! And yes, most art fairs are full of happy, enthusiastic crowds. (Especially on sunny days!)

  5. I’m glad you had such fab weather. It looks like it was a good festival. 🙂

    Bet you were happy to see Sherpa again, too.

  6. Looks like a fantastic festival, Bo. From all accounts it sounds to me like you are having fun and doing well! What a BEAUTIFUL day there!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Art festivals are great in the sun. I’ll think back to these days with total fondness when (if) the thunderstorms pop up for the Midwestern shows!

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