Monday, November 1

Children's Business Fair for the Statesman

I had a fun daily last month at the Children's Business Fair hosted by the Acton Foundation.  Jeff Sandefer, a benefactor of the foundation, opened his front lawn to over 80 young entrepreneurs and their wares.  It was so much more than your traditional lemonade stands.  You can see the slideshow here.

Saskia Solotko, 6, plays the violin to attract customers to her booth, the Violin Café at the 4th annual Children's Business Fair at the Pease Mansion in old west Austin on October 9, 2010. Solotko and business partner Ellie Carpenter, 10, (not pictured) are two of seven original students at the Acton Academy, founded by Jeff Sandefer.

Reese Youngblood sits in front of her booth where she takes commissions on oil and pastel paintings.

Jules Gilbreath, 9, greets customers at his booth Jules' Vintage Comics. "Collecting comics is just one of my hobbies," said Gilbreath. "Reading them is another one."

As the day wound down, I spotted Sam Battle making a portrait of twins at his booth.  He took great care with the drawing and was gentle with the kids in a way that few 10-year-old boys are.  In short, I fell in love with this artist.

Samuel Battle, 10, right, makes a portrait of three-year-old twins, Scarlett and Luke Gromquist.

After the fair ended I couldn't help myself and bought a portrait from Sam.  The best $5 I've spent in 2010.  Thanks, Sam.  It's perfect.

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