Cabi party. So I had a lot of preparation in order to have prints ready to purchase.
My friends let me hang artwork and prints around their house.
Jean, my friend's mom, purchased a print. Fortunately, I had made this print as an afterthought before running out the door.
The best part of the whole evening was meeting all these wonderful women, who wanted to support and help me however they could.
Not wanting to take over the clothing party, I tried not to tackle people and drag them over to my art as they walked in the door. After all, I did realized it was a Cabi party. I had prepared an art survey and left it nonchalantly on the table by my prints. The party started off slowly and most were interested in trying on clothes, of course. Then, my new Cabi friend, Michelle, grabbed my survey and made people start filling it out. It just sparked so much art conversation, and I was able to open up to people and they with me. We talked about art in their homes and colors they like. Some signed up to receive my "someday" quarterly newsletter. My landscape paintings triggered a commission from another friend.
Another new friend, Lori from Dog Squad gave me a lot of invaluable advice. She had left her day job 8 years ago, when she developed a line of little dog clothing. See Charlie here modeling a couple of outfits at the party. Everyone was trying on clothes!
Another very important thing I learned was that all people like different things. I had one person who liked the serene landscapes and another who was drawn to the dark and brightest prints. It was great to have them really look at my work as a whole and give me feedback. It was the best evening ever!
Another growing pain as a developing artist is to put yourself out there! Check. I had so much fun, I'm thinking of doing a wine/cheese at my house before the holidays. If you would like join us for Sneak Peek Friday, just visit Jennifer at "In the Studio" and give it a try.