It was a great weekend at the St. Paul Art Crawl! Beyond just the opportunity to show my work, I was able to connect with other artists as well. As one of the art crawl artists and exhibitors, the crawl gives us more than just sales and exposure, it gives us inspiration and can generate new collaborations among different artists and mediums.
The crawl spans many places through St. Paul, and I had the opportunity to show in the Rossmor building: one of the places where the art crawl started. While it's no longer dedicated artist space, many of the tenants are still artists. It was great to see so many people take the time to open up their studios to show their work.
The downside to tenancy that is not art focused really established the low point for the weekend: for the first time in Rossmor, we had thefts. During set up, I had most of my products take an impromptu vacation. While nearly every piece was returned, I'm a little sad about some stolen personal items. I know at least one other artist had some things ealk away overnight as well.
Eliminating that low, the art show was extremely fun! Going among the different floors, it seemed very customer focused in a lot of places with engagement being about sharing our completed work. The artists I showed with, however, were feverishly working on creating collaborative projects, and it was a huge highlight to be able to experience some of that shared vision.
The collaborating artists were predominantly Heather Cole with DesignHMC and Robert Haigh (check them out on Facebook!) with photography and baking skills from Kelle Green (@snapgreenshots on Twitter).
While I'm not sure I'd show in the Rossmor again, it was wonderful to get my feet wet within the exhibiting world. Overall, it was a fantastc weekend!