Shaking Things Up – Appearing in Person!

by Lisa Call on November 7, 2012

in News

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A Wild Hair

A few months ago, in a moment of impulsive action, I tossed my name into the hat to exhibit at the American Craft Council Shows.

I’ve never participated in this type of show – where I have to set up a booth and spend hours on end chatting with the public and selling my art in person.

I never planned to do something like this as the effort and investment always sounded like something I wasn’t interested in.

Not to mention all that standing around and talking. As an introvert, this is maybe not high on my list of things to do.

But clearly I was ready for a change in my art career as something compelled me to give it a try.

Happily I was selected to be one of the SDA nominated artists to exhibit at show.

To Baltimore

So to Baltimore I will go in February to exhibit my artwork in both the wholesale and retail shows.

Five days of standing in front of my art and selling it!

Yikes. I have a LOT to figure out.

But I’m excited – something new – something different. A challenge is always good. Booth design, marketing materials, lights, signs, what artwork do I show, travel arrangements, fun stuff to think about!

I’ll share my progress as I proceed down this new and exciting path. To date my efforts have included securing a hotel room so I have a place to sleep. Everything else I can improvise :):)

 
Where do you need to shake things up in your life?

Save the Date

Retail Show:
Friday, Feb. 22: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Baltimore Convention Center is at One West Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland.

SDA Artists

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Tzaddi November 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Brava! It’s good to take on a challenge, eh?

I just participated in my first Art Crawl and being an introvert as well I was nervous about talking to so many people in such a condensed period of time. But it was great! I got in the groove and had a wonderful experience meeting people and seeing my work through their eyes.

Best of luck with it!

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Lisa Call November 8, 2012 at 5:43 am

Good for you Tzaddi. Great to hear of your positive experience out there talking for hours!

Thanks for the positive thoughts for my challenge!

—lisa

Gregory November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

Wow – 5 days, What were you thinking! :) You will certainly know if it is something you want to do again or not – trade shows are a tremendous amount of work. However. The few times I have done a show, the biggest plus was the other unforeseen opportunities that were offered to me after-the-fact such as a one-person show at a gallery, and to exhibit work elsewhere.

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Gregory November 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

Oh, 3 days of show, 5 would certainly kill me… GV

Lisa Call November 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

Gregory,

It is indeed 5 days. The retail show is 3 days – which I’ve listed above – this is the more traditional art show stuff with people purchasing art.

The 2 days before hand will be the wholesale trade show days. So I’ll get to redo my booth half way through for a different audience.

Yes – what was I thinking :):)

But from all that I have read, the value will indeed be the unforeseen opportunities that come up as a result of doing the show. Although it would be nice to sell art during the retail portion also because this is not a cheap undertaking by any means.

—lisa

wholly jeanne November 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Love it! You’ll sleep good while you’re there, that’s for sure. But pffft. How exciting!

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Lisa Call November 9, 2012 at 7:07 am

Indeed – sleep good and I’ll be earning points at my fav hotel chain – enough I hope to put me over the edge to a free week in hawaii. Or at least that is my goal :):)

wholly jeanne November 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm

PS: and congratulations.

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Lisa Call November 9, 2012 at 7:08 am

Thanks!! :):)

Teri Dewson January 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Sounds great! You will be great talking to people, they will be interested in your art and how/why you do it, so it will be a comfortable subject! Hope I can make it down there!

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Lisa Call January 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

Thank Teri!

I hope you can stop by!

—lisa

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