We had the good fortune of connecting with Connie Adams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Connie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My love of gardening and my art background led me to start making things for our home that I just could not find at the stores. I love color and started painting pots, pillows and metal wall hangings for my garden, courtyard and patio. I also made gifts for family and friends. I was in love with all my creations and thought everyone else would love it. I started small, selling at Farmer’s Markets and had great response. I slowly grew and focussed more on the art aspect versus the gardening and started applying to Art Shows. I was so excited to be accepted. The process of designing, creating and selling was so fulfilling. I continue to do the Art Shows but stll love showing at the smaller local markets that helped me learn and grow my business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My Brand is Color, Whimsy and Durability. I am most proud of my Show booth displays. I open up the tent sides in the morning and a rush of Joy and Happiness engulfs me. I love all the color and honestly, I could just move into my booth. The color is so energizing and mood altering. So many people have the same reaction and become my customers. I am proud of my work ethic and always go all out. I work really hard and stay flexable. I am constantly coming up with new ideas and not all of them work out such as the paper mache fish. I was so proud of them but the first rain they melted like the Wicked Witch of the West. I could never fully weatherproof them! My recycled water bottle art blew away the first day! My Flip Flop art was a huge success and stay tuned for more Colors by Connie!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would start the day with breakfast at Butterfields Restaurant on Shea. Next stop, the Gift Store TWO PLATES FULL and you might see Colors by Connie set up outside the shop. This store supports local artists, has the most unusual fun whimsical gifts, clothing and the friendliest staff and of course loads of color! For lunch, I would recommend Cucina del Sol in Scottsdale Quarter and order the Octopus or the Ceviche, I love a day trip to Fountain Hills on a Wednesday to eat at American Grill or Sofritas, sit outside and see the Fountain and stroll ART ON THE AVENUE from 10 am to 4 pm. Visit Colors by Connie at the far east end of the Show, you can’t miss the color!. On Fridays, a day trip up to Carefree and Cave Creek and a stop at the CAREFREE FARMERS MARKET and again you will find Connie decorating the Sundial Gardens with her Art.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to two individuals, my husband and Medelice Wirtz. My husband has been the trailer driver, the loader, packer, travel companion and puts up with all my creative messes. Medelice, my friend of 50 years has been there from the beginning of my business and currently, She and her husband, Mike, have let me use a part of their property for my outdoor studio. I am, also, SO fortunate and thankful that my customers are making the effort to find me despite all the Art Show cancellations due to Covid 19.
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