I know I've kept you all waiting farrrr too long to hear how the RAW Showcase went a few weeks ago, and I apologize. However, I've just received the link to the official photos and video from the event, so without further ado, please allow me to share a quick overview of the evening with you!
My wonderful mother and I arrived in Columbus at around 3:00 p.m. to set up my display. We set up, met some of the other artists, and ate dinner. The doors opened at 7:00, and very shortly after that, a number of my best friends from college arrived. I'm so grateful to them all for buying tickets and driving from Cincinnati to Columbus just for me, and on a school night, no less! Seriously, they are some wonderful people.
In addition, I am definitely an introvert, so being surrounded by large numbers of strangers all evening was exhausting.
|Unfortunately that tiny camera is just a prop!|
...They wouldn't be wrong about that.
It was a long evening. But overall, I loved it. I received so many compliments and pieces of advice and encouragement, it was a really great experience. And for once, I didn't feel like the weird artist in the room--I felt like a normal person in a crowd full of artists! That's a rare thing for a girl attending a college of 1,100 students and no art department.
If you'd like a little sneak-peek at the event, here's the official video from that night, created by the very talented Mike Harmon. You'll find me at 3:01.
Once again, thank you so much to everyone who bought tickets, shared facebook links, told friends, prayed, and/or encouraged me as I prepared for my first RAW showcase!
I hope to be a part of a few more RAW showcases this year, as they have this sweet deal where for a full year after their first show, artists can participate in any out-of-state RAW event for free. I'll keep you posted on that.
*photos in this blog post were taken by the extremely skilled Manda Morre, a photographer who definitely knows her way around a camera and is much, much more than just some instagram-junkie like me!