I also happened to be very sick with an acute sinus infection, but my hubby dangled fabric and paint brushes in front of me and off we went to catch the metro for the event. (Even though I felt so bad I am extremely glad I did not miss it.) When we entered, I was given a bright blue sticker that said "Participating Artist". The gallery was packed! There was a waiting line for people acquiring the library cards (necessary to check out a sketchbook to view) and a waiting line for checking out the books. All the books have a bar code on the back so they know who checks out what and how many times a book is checked out. (As you see, they use Macbooks : )
I also viewed Gerrie Congdon's book. Her book was so inspiring...my hubby thinks the same muse visits us...we both like trees.
As you see below, the sketchbooks are in these carts. We were so impressed how very organized and professional it all appeared. It was a first class show! Don't miss it if it comes to your area!