Attending art shows is hard work! Being successful at any show begins weeks before the actual event. On December 16, 2015 I was one of several artists and artisans featured at RAW DC’s holiday art show case held at the legendary Howard Theatre in Washington DC.

RAW DC is a chapter of Raw Artists, a non-profit organization who’s mission is “to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their creative career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. RAW ventures to provide the platform for these artists to be seen, heard, and loved” (Visit Raw here —> Raw Artists)

RAW showcases more than just visual artists like myself, they include indie talent in film, fashion design, music, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography. It is an awesome platform for any creative to share their talent with their local community and the world. “RAW currently operates in over 60 cities across the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK!”

The planning and preparation for a successful art show includes printing, framing, purchasing, and packaging products for sale and transportation. Also, securing the necessary tools to display the art and art products effectively; tools like grid hooks, lighting, zip ties, photo stands, easels etc. To make a great presentation I plan out my display to maximize the space allotted at the show, without overwhelming viewers with my art. I try to create an aesthetically pleasing presentation with some information about who I am, the names of my art pieces and prices of all my products. However, my presentation also encourages visitors to ask me questions.

So, weeks before the show I am printing, framing, purchasing and packaging. I pack my car the night before and on the day of the show, I get there about four hours prior to doors opening and begin setting up my display. I think I’ve got this part of the show down to a science, it took me, alone, about an hour and a half to get fully setup. Then I rush home to get dressed, and my partner and I return to the venue before showtime.

When doors open the hardest part begins. Contrary to popular belief I’m an introvert, most creatives are. Engaging visitors, taking pictures, and meeting new artists takes the most energy out of me, but it’s also the most rewarding part of the show. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories and their questions about my art and this part of the show gives me inspiration for new art. At closing time, visitors began to leave, my partner and I broke everything down, packed up our car and headed home for some much needed rest!

All photographs taken by kidmixphotograpy.

Be persistent, Be consistent, Be You!

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