Spectrum Fantastic Art Live debuted in Kansas City last week with an aura of inspiration. Truly one of the most amazing groups of talent in one place I have ever experienced. Much credit goes to Arnie and Cathy Fenner along with their dedicated team. They pulled together a professional show that included educational panels and speakers as well as an awards show that blew the lid off any other art awards show existing today. Academy awards look out! I presented the Institutional, Silver and Gold winners on the stage of the beautiful 1927 Midland theater. More pics on the floor of the show here.
It was wonderful seeing sooo many friends (a pic with myself, Roxana and Anita Kunz above) and their creations all in one place. It reminded me of Comic Con in the very early days. I was selling posters, prints, postcard sets, music, as well as signing lots of books, Magic cards, and meeting new collectors. Roxana was doing even better! As her scents wafted around the booth, people stopped to sniff the air then were magnitized to her elegant showcase.
I moderated a panel titled, Artist As Brand, Rise of the Artist Entrepreneur with Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, William Stout, Virginie Ropars (a pic of us above), and Arnie Fenner. Lovely group and much synergy. A large crowd joined the conversation.
Three days before I set up a booth with Roxana for the show (pics above), I presented an Artist As Brand® workshop at the Aladdin Hotel to ten individuals who traveled from across America to experience the seminar together. Greg Montana was Skyped in for a live coaching session and Roxana gave an inspired presentation too. You can read more about these empowered artists student and professional on my Artist As Brand® blog.
The poignant documentary film by Maria Cabardo, Better Things, Life & Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones premiered at Spectrum Live too. This is a beautiful biopic. Well done!