Driveway Pop-up

neighborhood popup nole creative driveway art show


With all craft markets canceled this year, I decided to host my own pop-up in our driveway. It was my attempt to make lemonade out of 2020's lemons :)

On the event day, I was woken up by a loud noise of thunder. Why now...we had sunny days forever here in Austin and no rain forecast last time I checked the weather before going to bed. But here we go, another 2020 lemon.

We were waiting for the rain to pass and when it finally died down, we were getting ready to set up the walls. And surely the rain drops started to get heavy. Now what do we do...we decided to set it up in our garage. 

Thankfully a few people came by, browsed my art as well as our messy garage inevitably. Finally the sky cleared up, we shook the trees so no water drops on the frames, and moved our walls to the driveway for better visibility for passersby. But by the time we moved it, it was almost 12pm, the end of the scheduled event. We decided to leave it open a bit longer and sneakily put our sign right next to the estate sign to get traffic. 


neighborhood popup nole creative driveway

neighborhood popup nole creative driveway


Was it a success? I guess not, because we had to pack all my frames right back into the boxes. Surely disappointed but I got to meet our neighbors who are willing to make their way to check out my art, and I wouldn't be able to meet them if it wasn't for this occasion.

That afternoon, our son made art and asked me if I wanted to buy one. I gladly did and paid him $6 :)


neighborhood popup nole creative driveway



  • D

    What a lovely “lemonade”. I love the idea, and thanks for sharing. Especially your son’s art at the end is just 🥰.
    I unfortunately heard about it too late this time. I would love to see this turn into a trend all over Austin!


    I love your enthusiasm, the delicacy and drama of your artwork, and you can be in the driveway of your lovely home…hey, anu Saturday or Sunday. Thanks for having me on your website. I love your art!
    Respectfully, happily, Bonnie

  • Travis

    Weather was definitely not cooperating at the beginning, but I’m sure it ended up being a valuable experience and it truly was a great opportunity to showcase your art to the neighbors. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kathy

    Truly – you made sweet lemonade out of the lemons given to you. After all – you met new neighbors and your son knew that he would lift your spirits by making you something special. Yes you bought it from him – but certain that he would have given it to you if you had wanted. Buying from him showed him that you can indeed still be happy even though something so planned might not have worked out exactly as you wanted. WAY TO GO! What an example to us all to look for the sweetness during this 2020 trying year.

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