Monday, March 4, 2019

High Energy at the RAW Artists Show at Celebrities.

January 13th I loaded up my car and drove into Vancouver with my friend and fellow artist Diane Speirs. I am so grateful for her help in loading my art into Celebrities night club and her assistance as I hung my display. This was the first night of the two day RAW Artists multi disciplinary arts event, the REFLECT Show.  Excitement was in the air.

I was all prepared with clamp lights and lots of electrical power bars and extensions. It was a buzzing hive of activity, with so many amazing artists setting up their displays and musician sound checks going on in the background.

As Celebrities is a night club the lighting was not the best for art, but the energy of so many artists, and later, of all the art lovers pouring over your work, made up for the lack of light.

Once the paintings were hung we had time to wander round and check out the other artists there.

Gorgeous illustrations from Mariko Ando

Great art display from East Van Artist.

At 5:00 the doors opened and the people poured in.

There was live music, followed by runway fashion shows and make up and hair demonstrations.

Make up model Amy Oak
 The atmosphere was electric. The stage set up was impressive and perfect for both the music performers and the fashion shows.

Great dance performance by Academy of Middle East Dance.

This was in the West End of Vancouver and the audience in attendance was an eclectic mix and the love for creativity and art of all disciplines was definitely something everyone had in common.

I had a small table and one of the pedestal stands from the club that were perfect for displaying my art clocks and small works. I also had my business cards available alongside my email list sign up sheet. 

I brought my art clocks along and there was so much interest in them. They are all original art on recycled vinyl records. Photo by Mike Wu

This event was all about making connections with art lovers and collectors. So many people took cards and signed up for my email list. Photo by Drew Fonda.

It was a great opportunity to share some of my small abstract resin art. These are 4'x4' and 6"x6".Photo by Mike Wu.

I matted some 5"x7" abstract and fluid art pieces that were on paper and put them into cellephane envelopes so people could browse through and see what small works I had available that were ready to frame. Thanks to Christie Rose who took one home. :-) Sales are always a good thing. :-)

There were fluid art pours and dips as well as textured abstract art already matted and ready for the frame. Photo by Drew Fonda.

The 36"x12" resin painting "Fire and Ice" was an attention grabber. So many comments on it. Photo by Drew Fonda.

"Lacing on Red" 12"x12" is another multi layered resin painting that inspired much conversation. Photo by Drew Fonda.

Talking to one of the many art lovers who had questions about my process. Photo by Mike Wu.

So happy to have the chance to experience this great event  and share my art. Photo by Drew Fonda.

Resin art was new to many in attendance. Photo by Mike Wu.

"Psychedelic Sea" and "Sushi for Blade Runner" are two new resin art paintings. 12"x12" Photo by Mike Wu.
I have to say the best part of the evening was meeting so many people who were captivated and interested in my art. People curious about the process, people who might go home and start making their own art. This was so inspiring for me. Probably the fact I have been an educator all my life  made this such a special part of the evening for me. The enthusiasm and excitement around the creative process was wonderful. Meeting and talking with other artists feeds the flame.

This event was a great way to share my art and spread the word. I made great contacts for getting my work in films and also had inquiries for commissions. And I also had a fabulous time witnessing the dynamic and unique fashion shows and soaking up all the creative energy from fellow artists and art lovers.
This event was so well organized and ran so smoothly. There were two professional photographers there to capture the event.  So a big thank you to RAW Artists for this multi disciplinary arts event.

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