The Expo is Coming…
It’s been just over six months since the Wainwright Art Show and I have been busy. From my earlier post, I talked a lot about new processes, especially with sculpting. I have been working furiously over the spring and summer making lots of stuff.
I decided that it was time to take my work to the next level of show, so I paid a pretty tidy sum to have a table in Artist Alley at the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, Sept. 21-24 at the Expo Centre.
After I decided I was going to get a table (two years ago I had a booth for the same price, and did pretty well, sold a few pieces and made a small profit), I felt like this time it was going to be different. I felt last time the A) economy was pretty slow and people weren’t really buying and B) most of my stuff was priced on the high end because they were original paintings and many of them were quite large size. At least for that market. I had some loose prints for $20, but I think I sold 6.
My prices hadn’t changed from when I had decent success at the art show, but the market wasn’t as strong. This year, I’m in artist alley, which is less space, but since I’m making smaller sculptural objects instead of large canvases, I can put more out in less space. I also think artist alley is placed in a great space just after the visitors come through the celebrity guests and more famous comic book artists. Where I was two years ago was I’m the economy section, which was good for booth size and price, but it was nearly at the end, after visitors had slogged through hundreds of booths and I felt by the time they often got to me, they were on sensory overload. Too tired to even look up or even look over at the booth.
The amazing thing is that the Expo draws like 40,000-50,000 people who are interested in the same types of things I am, sci-fi and fantasy, comics, superhero movies, and nerd culture. A number of years ago I tried to stop making things I thought people would like and started making things that I liked. There are people that have my same likes and interests and my work speaks more to them than anyone. If they like it and want to put that in their homes, then I’ve really done something.
So, here’s a bit of a preview of some of the pieces I’m gonna bring. If you’re in the area, come check out the Expo and stop by and see me and say hi!