Top 3 Best Things That Happened at The Creeping Museum's Artist Market (Aug 2019)

Yep, a lot of great things happened at the Creeping Museum’s Artist Market (August 24). Artist Dave Benz of Benz & Chang Studio and I both had a very successful time at the event. Here are the top 3 best things that happened to me:

#1— I SOLD MY STRANGE ART BOOK, STICKERS AND MUSUEM QUALITY PRINTS:

Yes, I was so happy that right away people at the event responded so positively to my art. Once, the doors opened, I was flooded with customers who were very interested in my art. It was non-stop all that afternoon and evening. My new art book with a selection of artwork from the past 3 years sold several copies (you can get my art book online at the link <——-) I also sold several of my stickers and sticker sets ( you can get them online ——> stickers here). Plus, my museum quality art prints sold several too (especially “Ghost Tears” art print and “Why Couldn’t She Ever Get Warm Enough” art print which you can get online at the links above).

Dave Benz and Me at our Artist Table at The Creeping Museum Artist Market.

Dave Benz and Me at our Artist Table at The Creeping Museum Artist Market.

#2—PEOPLE LOVED AND BOUGHT MY CREEPY PAPER PUPPETS:

In previous artist markets, people didn’t seem to understand what my paper puppets were, even though I displayed them in shadow boxes. This time, I tried displaying them on sticks above the DIY prints of them and that seemed to do the trick. They understood, played with them, and wanted them. It felt really good to have such a great response (you can get my paper puppets online here).

Our artist tables with our signs and art displayed attractively, ready for the onslaught of customers.

Our artist tables with our signs and art displayed attractively, ready for the onslaught of customers.

#3— I FIGURED OUT WHO AND WHERE MY AUDIENCE IS:

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll have read posts about how frustrated I’ve been, not knowing who or where my audience is. By the end of an exhilarating and exhausting day, I finally understood that this is my audience. They too understood what it meant to be strange, to have a pension for antique gothic things and a bit of a macabre sense of humor. There was such an amazing community of people there; the venders and customers, the enthusiast and the attendees who waited in the line around the block to get in (1200 people came to this artist market). I went home feeling apart of a great group of people and have been keeping in touch with them online. I feel so grateful and thankful for all of this.

Our art intern, Ella Jones helped with the artist market table. A big thanks to her.

Our art intern, Ella Jones helped with the artist market table. A big thanks to her.

My First Ever Artist Intern to Help With the Portland Open Studios Art Tour

Artist Dave Benz and I are slowly, little by little, preparing for the Portland Open Studios which seems a long ways away (in October), but will be here before you know it. Portland Open Studios’ whole mission is to educate the public about how artists work which is why you get to come to our studios and see us creating amazing artwork. Inline with this mission, they also ask the participating artists if they’ll volunteer to take a high school artist under their wings as an intern to mentor and guide.

My first ever artist intern, Ella Jones.

My first ever artist intern, Ella Jones.

I loved this idea because if I had been given this kind help when I was a high school art student, I’m sure I would have been able to avoid some of the (many) artistic mistakes I made and I would have gotten the art support I sorely needed (without the years of pain and loneliness). Of course, I said YES! I wanted to help and I thought I might just have something valuable to pass on and share. Dave Benz felt the same way, welcoming this special opportunity too.

Above is a photo of my first ever artist intern, Ella Jones. Isn’t she a cutie, so bright and happy? I hope I can be a valuable mentor to her. She primarily paints in oils and her subject is mainly women, including, maybe even, a witch. Check out her art website here. She’s just getting started, and it’s a very good start indeed. We met for the first time a couple weeks ago and we are having a great time learning from each other. Her energetic and curious personality makes her a joy to be around. I will let you know more how it’s going in the weeks to come.

One of Ella Jone’s paintings from her website.

One of Ella Jone’s paintings from her website.

Along with Dave and me, Ella will also be displaying at least 3 of her art pieces in our shared art studio. We will guide her in making these 3 new pieces. I have no idea what she’s going to make. More witches? Something magical or something spooky? She does love creepy gothic things just like Dave and me, so who knows what will happen. It’s an adventure for all 3 of us.

I may even ask her to write a post or two on this blog, so be on the look out for another contributor to Art From The Strange Land of Beelaungeen with her own strange thoughts and opinions on art and life.