CECE Final Show [recap]

After 11 years CECE has come to an end. I’m really grateful that I have been part of this event; Over the last few years I have met so many wonderful Artists & Guests. There have been very few shows that I’ve done where they take care of you the way that Paul took care of us. I will really miss this show.

Over all I had a pretty good show, got to catch up with Bill & Celest, Cyn Narcisi, Jeff Clark and Jake Reuth. A few of my GenCon Regulars (which also happened to be locals) came to the show. Once the group photos have been posted I’ll repost them here too.

Artwork for Ed of SciFi Cards, I think it’s going to be his promo card for his next show…
5×7 Watercolor, Acrylic & Ink on Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper.

I will definitely be doing more ‘Pin Up’ type art in the near future.

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Up Next:

Shows: I have no definitive plans on any shows, I will post here if I do land a spot. I’m hoping there’s going to be a horror show or two in the next few months. .

Artwork & Commissions: I have several commissions, my MarlaBea Donation & Sketchbook sketches to get done in the next week. Then I’ll be working on artwork for a new ‘samples’ page and booklet. This new direction I believe will be more marketable to the general public, and less specialized as I am now with the Gothic & Fantasy art.

CECE Spring Fling

The first show of the season is such a breath of fresh air after the long cold winter. Getting out of the house, working a show, seeing all of the familiar faces, catching up with friends, and talking to fans is always sooo refreshing.

There were quite a few more people at this show than I had expected especially with C2E2 just next weekend. I’m really glad Cynthia Narcisi stopped by, I haven’t seen her in such a long time, it was a good visit.

If things go well this year, and if I can remember to check the C2E2 site in September; I’m hoping to snag a table in Artists Alley next year.

I signed on with Paul for the rest of the CECE shows which helps fill up my show schedule for the year. Paul is such a nice guy and his shows are always fun to do. I will be doing a special original piece (I will also be filming the painting process for a time lapse video, I hope I can get my friend Penelope Ofeq to arrange a special set to accompany it.) for his big charity auction for the September show, so make sure you attend. The proceeds go to a very worth cause, The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.

Up Next:

So much to do before my next show, I’ve decided to do a Mini Print / Convention Sketchbook combo thing. If I can get the design worked out, I should have it before my next show and definitely before GenCon.

Now Back to work. =)

finally hashed out my show schedule for this year:

I will be at all of the CECE shows: June 5, July 9, & Sept 17 – Carol Stream IL
June 18 & 19 Geneseo Music & Craft Festival – Geneseo IL
August 4-7 GenCon – Indianapolis IN

…will update when and if other shows become available.

I will be updating my website tomorrow.

GenCon Status……

Updated March 9, 2011:

As of right now I have half of what I need for my GenCon Booth, if I don’t make enough in the next few weeks I won’t be able to make it again this year.

Today (03.09.2011) I faxed in my GenCon Registration & Booth Fees! Hopefully I’m not too late and there are still booths available.

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I will be at the Chicago Entertainment Collectors Expo Spring Fling this Saturday (March 12th). I will have lots of prints, originals, original ACEOs & Fan Art ACEO’s; also new glass tile pendants (which I’ll be working on this week), I will also be taking commissions to do the following week to mail out.

CECE 2010 – recap

This was my first time back to CECE since 2007, I had lots of fun and it was my LAST show of the year, most likely it’s not, I will probably be at a Zurko Show when one is in the area over the Fall/Winter.

One great thing about CECE is that Paul really knows how to take care of his guests. It was a pleasure to be seated across from the legendary Ken Kelly, we had some good conversations about art and the good ol’USMC. My neighbor to the other side was the SOUP NAZI Larry Thomas. I was so happy that Larry Elmore was at this show, I really missed not hanging out with him and our usual group because I didn’t get to do GenCon this year, it was nice to visit and chat with him again. I also went over and bugged on Katie Cook and her husband Ryan for a little bit. And it was really great to finally meet Corbett Vanoni after all of this time. Darla Ecklund, Jessica Hickman and Grant Gould were also there, and it was great seeing them again too. And Bob Stevlic popped in for a visit on both Saturday & Sunday. ^_^ Mark McHaley and I finally got to sit and chat, we met at the 2007 CECE but never got to talk much.

The Charity Dinner Saturday night was so much fun, Bill the Minion and family was at our table along with Grant and Mark. Such a fun bunch and OMG the food was mighty TASTY.

Just a few clips from this past weekend before my batteries died

http://www.facebook.com/v/469892895254

Now that show season is over, it’s time to get LOTS of NEW WORK done, and to restock and make some new merchandise for next years season. *thumbs up*

As the group photo was coming together:

Group Photo by Cherie Tieri.

Click the picture to view it larger.

CECE – Saturday & Sunday

I doubt I’ll have another chance to post anything before the show starts… lots of stuff to get done this week plus I’m still dealing with the bodywork SNAFU from that semi-trailer incident a few weeks ago. (Completely unhappy with the work that the bodyshop did, IMO they need to fire their quality control person).

Saturday & Sunday I’ll be at the Chicagoland Entertainment Collectors Expo in Carol Stream. Click the link above for more details and directions to the show.
It’s my last show of the year so let make it a good one. =)
Hope to see ya’ll there.

Silvis Moonlight Festival Craft Show [ recap ]

The weather was wonderful, we had a nice breeze, clear skies, lots and LOTS of sunshine (quick note to self: if I do this show again I will need to invest in a patio umbrella). The craft show was much smaller than I thought it was going to be, it definitely was not my target audience.

But…

I think there is at least one customer at each show that makes that show memorable. There was an elderly gentleman that had been to my booth several times during the day just browsing and listening to me be an ArtNerd to some of the kids asking questions. So about the very end of the show (right about 945p) when it was quiet he came back to pick out his prints and talk to me. He was just so completely happy with his purchases he was grinning like a young kid. It makes me incredibly happy that my work makes someone else that happy.

Below are some clips I shot to show my booth day & night.

http://www.facebook.com/v/464096660254

[ Larger Version Here ]

This month of June…

I apologize for my lack of show updates, this month has been a whirlwind (to put it lightly). The first part of the month my parents were out of town and I was on kitty & plant duty, then I went right into show prep.

So here are all of those updates rolled into one entry!

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ChicagolandZ [ June 12 & 13, 2010 ]

This was my first time in the new location, despite the low sales I had a good time. I met Mike Holman, Heather Price & Cherokee Hall, such a fun group. And it’s always a pleasure to be seated next to Scott Beaderstadt. MANY kudo’s to Jimmy Decker for putting so much effort into this show and making sure that the guests were taken care of.

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Geneseo Music & Craft Festival [ June 19-20, 2010 ]

First the drive out to my in-laws was… frightening… there was so much rain and it was coming down so hard that I began thinking it was a bad idea to leave the night before, but we made it there in one piece. (in the video I asked my husband to slow down… that grinding you heard was our traction control kicking in because we were hydroplaning… I was getting really scared.)

http://www.facebook.com/v/441822735254

I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures on Saturday, people were lining up before I was done setting up.

For the first time in 4 years we didn’t get a single drop of rain… I was ecstatic. Perfect weather even though the forecast called for an 80% chance of rain on Sunday, which never happened.

It was great seeing and chatting with all of my regulars, and it was a pleasure meeting the new customers as well.

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Cyphan [ June 25-27, 2010 ]

This was Cyphan’s Year ONE show, I had a pretty good time, I was next to Bob Stevlic and chatted with Jeffery (Kitty Zombie). I really believe next year will be HUGE, Chicago really does need it’s on brand of SciFi/Fantasy Convention. And hopefully there will be some official Kitty Zombie artwork in the near future. *wink*

Not many pictures, but I did get to shoot a little movie before my batteries died.
http://www.facebook.com/v/441800240254
I had to slow the footage of the robots down by half because it was way to jerky if I hadn’t.

Sadly I never got over to see Nicki Clyne and Jewel Staite, but I did get to see Svengoolie (he was signing in our room), after his signing he walked around our room, he stopped to gander at my artwork, I was pleased. ^_^

A HUGE Congrats & THANKS goes out to Mike for all of his hard work on making this show happen.

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In other news, I will be at Chicagoland Entertainment Collectors Expo Sept 9th-12th. Though because of my husbands job most likely I’ll just be there Saturday & Sunday. I will be donating 5 original sketch cards to The Pediatric Oncology Treasure chest Foundation, plus I’ll be donating an original Small painting for his Saturday Auction/Raffle.

Lots of stuff to catch up on… need to put the show stuff away, and get to work. ❤