Coffee Shop Art Show

sips-coffee-shopAfter finishing my first Coffee Shop Art Show it got me thinking, “what are some of the perceived pros and cons of doing a Coffee Shop art show”.  So I started searching on the net and found some pretty interesting things. One of the first things that can up on this search was a Q & A from Which states one of the biggest cons is that the challenge for artists displaying art in non-art venues is that people frequent those venues for purposes other than to buy art, unless of course the venue has a history of showing artists. Imagine your self checking into a hotel or having dinner at a nice restaurant. Are you interested in getting a good night’s sleep or having a gastronomic experience… or are you interested in buying art? People who are serious about buying art normally go to art galleries or art events to do so; not that many are inclined to patronize establishments that are not known for showing or selling art. So if you intend to go ahead with this arrangement, the owners will hopefully present more compelling reasons for your doing so than “if you hang it, they will buy.” The closer they can approximate a gallery setting where the artwork is clearly more than decoration and clearly for sale, the better. This article goes on to say, that on the plus side, alternative venues are becoming increasingly attractive for artists who are just starting out. In addition, depending on the traffic, thousands of new people may well be exposed to your work– a situation far preferred to having these paintings sit gathering dust in your studio– and if all goes well, word-of-mouth may attract even more attention.

So what did I get from this article? Well based on what was stated I believe, An artist when displaying art especially when displayed within an alternative space should focus on, accurately letting people know that your work is for sale, to put it simply the art cannot sell itself. In addition to that the artist focus should be on generating acknowledgment to your work or yourself as an artist. Meaning that people that are not interested in buying your work should still be interested in finding out more information about you as an artist and that information should be readily available for them.


Pros and Cons of Artists Showing Art

at Non-Gallery Venues–

Hotels, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Boutiques, Etc.


North Lawndale Peace Parks Project


Since I’m just starting a blog I wanted to do a quick posting on one of the projects that I am working on. As of about September 1, 2013 I have been working with the Chicago Urban Arts Retreat located in North Lawndale, Chicago working various graphic design projects. These projects range from rebranding, flyer design, T-shirt design, etc. but one of the larger projects that I have been assigned to is the North Lawndale Peace Parks Project (PPP). The PPP is an initiative to reclaim abandoned or vacant lots within North Lawndale and repurpose them as parks. In addition it is a collaborative public art, and civic engagement project originally developed by Chicago artist Indira Johnson.  Once we acquire an abandoned lot the plan is to than have kids from local schools and near by residents to come out and work with local artists to create meaningful sculptures and murals. At completion local youth will be given the training needed in order to upkeep the parks, for example how to identify and remove graffiti or how to plant and trim plants.