FREMONT COUNTRY CLUB
All participating artists were encouraged to meet the Showcase Director and her assistants in person Monday evening. The meeting would last 90 minutes and we’d go over all the details for the event. I arrived a few minutes early, thankful that I found the correct directions of Google Map. The building sits a few blocks away from the official entrance to Downtown Las Vegas on Fremont. Which means a lot of traffic goes through the area each night.
Nataly Paige McBride is the Showcase Director. Once all of the artists arrived, we took a tour of the facility. The first thing I noticed was the bar space. Brightly lit with all these colors. I admit, I’m a bit out of my element. I never go to bars or drink alcoholic beverages. Plus, I’ve never thought of exhibiting my work in this type of venue, but I have accepted the challenge.
On each end of the bar sits a horse, the style I only recognize from carousels. The lighting within the facility is pretty dim. I decided to use this to my advantage when photographing the scene. Allow the lighting provided to do the job.
Across from the bar is the stage. Five bands will play during the event. A runway will also be installed because near the end of the event is a fashion show. Make-up artists and hair stylists will show their work at that time.
As the crowd files in, this is what they’ll see. I captured this shot as the artists were waiting to be called by the Showcase Director near the end of our meeting. She told everyone where and how big our booth space would be.
This will be my view at the event. My six-foot wide, six-foot high booth space faces the bar. My back will be to the stage with another artist setup behind me. A divider will be between all of us so our space is not distracted by anyone else’s.
As stated before, my role is to sell 20 tickets by Thursday, August 7th to cover the cost of my booth space. So, unfortunately, I will bug you, happy readers, and many others about helping me accomplish this task. 😦 Next, I’ll plan out how the booth will look and how much it will cost to set everything up.
I have butterflies in my stomach.
But I’ve been in small gallery shows before; I’ve had a booth space before to show my portfolio. Yet, the biggest challenge is not feeling out of place in a bar scene. And the size of the crowd will be larger than what I’ve experienced before, but that’s a good thing. People in the industry come out to find new talent; I qualify.
Each ticket is $15.00. If you’d like to support my cause and are able to, please visit my unique page for the event: http://rawartists.org/ericchristopher
When you click the link, “Buy Ticket for this Artist” they will credit me for the sale of this ticket. Yay. 🙂 If you are not able to attend the event personally 😦 the sale will still be valid. 🙂
Photos of the event will be taken by RAW:Las Vegas staff. Artists also get official portraits for the event and a short interview explaining why we do what we do.
In the middle of promoting the event, I have some new work to show you guys! WooHoo! 🙂 2014. After the meeting, I was walking anyway and decided to take a few photos along the way. Three or four shots caught my attention. As I wrap up editing my old work, I want to add new work. The new photos are already edited!
But it’s 4:46am. I’m already starting to dose off. I want to give good descriptions of the new work, so I will save the posts for later. I have other news outside of this as well. Though, for some odd reason, I need sleep. I can’t take it anymore. Someone has to fix this problem. How am I supposed to get anything done? haha. Okay, I’m really going to go now.
Eric Christopher Jackson