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Title: How to host a successful open studio event
Dates: May 20th
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Does this sound familiar?

You paid for and approved your listing in the East Bay Open Studio Guide. You spent $50 picking up wine and snacks for your guests. But by the close of the day, your only sale is a $30 print. And the majority of people who stopped by are your family and friends.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

What if instead:

  • you opened the door and welcomed dozens of past collectors
  • you created a memorable experience that visitors shared with their friends
  • you strengthened existing collector relationships and built new ones
  • the event paid your studio rent for the next few months

Join a panel of artists and marketers on May 20th. And walk away knowing tactics you can immediately put into place. So that this year can be your best Open Studios yet.

Best of all, these tactics don’t just apply to Open Studios! You’ll be able to use them anytime you host an in-person event: art fairs, group shows, street festivals, craft shows, and bazaars.

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In this event hosted by Oakland Art Murmur, our panelists will share:

  • how to tell the story of what makes you and your art unique
  • how to create a great art collecting experience for your visitors
  • how effectively distribute your postcards and printed materials
  • how to use email and social media to convince your audience to join you in-person
  • how to close the sale, without feeling sales-y
  • their own Open Studios experiences, both good and bad

After our panel wraps, you’ll be able to join our panelists and your fellow artists for a reception.

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Admission is $20 and includes the panel discussion and reception.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Panel Discussion

Confirmed Panelists: Corey Egan (Jeweler), Bobby Arte (Artist), Kadesh Carter (Oasis Art Design), Summer Romasco (Artist and Digital Marketer) and Sharon Schrank (Gap, Inc.)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Reception

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CONFIRMED PANELISTS

Corey EganCorey Egan creates hand carved, wearable works of art filled with personality that you can enjoy for generations. She’s fueled by the belief that the things we own should be thoughtfully crafted to tell our stories.

Every collection is thoughtfully crafted from her studio in downtown San Francisco. It is here that the idea of beautiful, wearable design blends with the inspirations she gathers from her life the Bay Area. A love of texture, color, and shape intersect with my jewelry-making passion to form pieces that are timeless, edgy, and casually elegant.

Bobby Arte was born in Oakland California, to Robert and Evangeline, and has 1 older sister and 3 brothers, At a young age Bobby had 2 passions, art, and football. Bobby graduated from Skyline High School and earned a full scholarship to the University of Hawaii. There he earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Art, while competing on the football field and winning a WAC championship. He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL after college, and after a brief stint in the NFL played in the CFL. Excelling in the CFL Bobby earned a Grey Cup ring and also Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. During his professional football career, Bobby had the pleasure of painting pieces for celebrities and dignitaries, including 50 Cent, Too Short, and even a group mural for the Queen of England.  After sustaining a career ending injury, Bobby decided to move back to California to solidify his second career, in Fine Art.In an effort to give back to the community that raised him, Bobby co-founded his Non-Profit, ARC Oakland which provides art classes for underserved Youth. He has been teaching art for 10 years. Through his work with the youth, Bobby has found a creative and positive way to put his unique skill set to work. He specializes in creative projects that bring beauty, pride, and sophistication to his community. Bobby restores, and builds creative spaces in the

In an effort to give back to the community that raised him, Bobby co-founded his Non-Profit, ARC Oakland which provides art classes for underserved Youth. He has been teaching art for 10 years. Through his work with the youth, Bobby has found a creative and positive way to put his unique skill set to work. He specializes in creative projects that bring beauty, pride, and sophistication to his community. Bobby restores, and builds creative spaces in the community, while utilizing the help of community members to paint beautiful murals. His work in the community with the Youth has compelled Bobby to co-found the ARC Youth Fest. The ARC Youth Fest is the culmination of Bobby’s life’s work, A Youth Festival that incorporates art, education, health and wellness and Tons of Fun. Bobby is working hard to continue to reach as many people as possible with his art, while working to bring positive change to his community.

Head Shot (1)Kadesh Carter is the founder of Oasis Art Design, a consulting and concept firm that directs companies, entrepreneurs, and artists to reach their maximum potential. Experience working with clients in numerous industries, including communications, financial services, local non-profits, technology, artistry design and entertainment.

She advises on and delivers training and coaching in the strategic and operational aspects of business management, marketing, and client relationship management. She has published a number of articles, is an artist and participates in local economic development.

Summer_RomascoSummer Romasco is an artist and digital marketing director living in Oakland, California. She grew up in Ohio and lived in New York, but since moving to California her painted screen prints increasingly reflect the iconography and geography of the West. Romasco has been creating and optimizing social media campaigns for her own art studio and for major brands for the past 4 years.

sharonSharon Schrank (Gap, Inc.) is a senior marketing executive who leads global brand management for big consumer brands. She currently serves as Vice President of Marketing for Old Navy, and has held senior positions at Gap and lifestyle brand Smith & Hawken.

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Hosted by Oakland Art Murmur

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