I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying “it’s who you know” in show biz. Well, that applies to the illustration biz as well. Making connections is the best thing you can do for your business and your quality of life. When you make new friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, not only can you bring value to them, but they can do the same for you.
When it comes to sharing value, I thought it would be easy to type everything I know about illustration down and share it in a blog post format. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong, but I never thought leveraging video would be easier.
On January 29th, an event called Believe in Syracuse’s 4th Birthday Party was hosted. Held by a group who wants nothing but innovative business and economic growth for the city of Syracuse. With that being said, they gave out opportunities to network and meet other locals in the area! Who knows? Maybe I had something of value to someone, and someone else had something of value to me! The beauty of networking. I had my best friend with me and the boyfriend for emotional support. I’m so happy I didn’t do it alone. Continue reading “Believe in Syracuse Recap”
What’s better than that? There’s going to be 19 other artists struttin’ their stuff alongside me! There’s going to be art, live music, and a cash bar located at the highly renowned Dinosaur BBQ in downtown Syracuse.
Now, I could go on and on about how kickass this event is going to be, but that ruins the surprise! It’s 100% free to attend, so if you’re in the area, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t see you there!
Come give some of that local love <3
Date: Saturday Feb 04, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Address: Dinosaur BBQ – 246 East Willow Street, Syracuse, New York, 13202
Awww yes! I’m heading over to Believe in Syracuse’s 4th Birthday Party! And what’s even better? I’ll be vending with my best friend Ashanti Bell Art! January 27th, we’re double teaming this event, and we’re about to make this the official kick-off of 2017. If you’re in Syracuse, you need to check this event out. It’s a great way to network, meet new people, and stay in tune to the local art scene in Syracuse.
Come drop by and say hi, trust me, we ain’t shy ;D
Date: Friday Jan 27, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Address: Museum of Science and Technology – 500, South Franklin Street, Syracuse, New York, 13202
If you’re like me and you might not know where to go next with your art, why not reach out locally? Explore your city, scope the stores, check out the art scene. You might find out there’s more than you thought. And who knows, all that aimless wandering can lead you to an artistic adventure right in your backyard!
Yesterday was a prime example of just that. I attended two events on a last minute whim. One is called Art on the Porches which is an annual event where local small businesses, vendors, painters, and artisans sell their work and wares to the community. Everyone’s works of art displayed on beautiful residential porches.
Three days prior I saw a flyer calling for art. This lead me to a great opportunity to partner with the Public Arts Task Force and submit two paintings to their silent auction fundraiser. Now, I’ve been working digitally for a while but I have the softest spot for traditional media. Not only haven’t I worked with Masonite before, but I also picked back up acrylic as well! Talk about an evening of experimentation!
After finishing this one, I started having an internal war with myself. I fell hard and I didn’t want to let this kitten go! *UPDATE* She’s found her forever-home!
The internal struggle continued every time I looked at that piece. I ended up creating a second one just in case. After much coaxing and prodding from my family, I caved and sent them both in. Not bad for three days worth of work. Though I’m sad to see two wonderful pieces go, I’m so happy that I was able to contribute something to a great cause. I hope they go out to great homes.
After that event wrapped up, Plazapalooza was next on my to-do list and I met some more amazing people there. Everyone at both locations were so kind, exciting to talk to and had valuable information to share. I love that about art communities. There were people that were just starting out to those who have been in the market for decades. Everyone was willing to answer my questions and chat with me. It was an honor and a pleasure to fill my day surrounded by so much talent.
I’m telling you, if you want to try something new, go outside! Explore! I would have never found out about these local art opportunities if I didn’t wander around and end up at my art store. This was such a rewarding day and I could have never asked for anything better. I’ll start doing that now. If I feel artistically aimless, I’m going to explore my surroundings and see what’s happening around the community.
I wrote another post with 4 more tips on what to do when you’re stuck in an art rut. Check it out!
Have you taken advantage of your local community to do something new? Share in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!