uCamps Alumni Reunion

The uCamps 3rd Annual Alumni Camp was originally scheduled for this weekend at Camp Jack Hazard in Dardanelle, CA. However, it was postponed due to the Donell Fire that occurred in the area, which was a huge disappointment for a lot of former campers, counselors, and staff; especially to those who were planning to travel to California for the event! 

Luckily, camp director Doug Cembellin organized an alternative reunion to make up for lost time and to have a chance to reunite with everyone. The event took place at Sauced BBQ in Downtown Walnut Creek, which was a reasonable location for most people to get to.

With the extremely hot weather that occurred, I thought that only a few people were going to show up or this event was going to be cancelled too. However, to my surprise, about 25 people were able to attend, which was something I didn’t expect at all.

The alumni who attended ranged from old time campers and staff from 2003, to some newer ones as early as 2015, and everyone in between, and we basically caught up on things that’s been happening recently and of course sharing favorite camp memories.

Of course, there was plenty of delicious BBQ to enjoy since it was a BBQ joint after all! Although Doug and some people from camp came to my last card sale at Artist Alley and bought cards from me, I didn’t get a chance to bing some leftovers to distribute. However, a few people have asked me about how the sale went overall. 

Following the dinner, a late night “campfire” took place at Civic Park, which was a short walk from the restaurant, and a majority of the performances were people who played on the guitar.

However, the one crazy moment was that Doug and several others requested for me to do my hypnotist shows, as I’ve been doing in the past at camp since 2012. I totally didn’t expect to do it in the first place since I wasn’t prepared at all, but I had to do it anyway! Of course, it was enjoyable!

Overall, this was definitely one of the best camp reunions I’ve ever attended! Even though we weren’t at Camp Jack Hazard in the great outdoors, it was definitely worth it because it doesn’t matter where the reunion takes place! What matters the most is that this event is about spending time together!

Special thanks to Doug Cembellin for organizing the event, and to everyone that attended! It was great seeing you guys and I look forward to reuniting with you soon and hopefully we’ll get a chance to be at the actual camp in the Summer of 2019!

Fremont Festival of the Arts

Last weekend, I attended the 35th Annual Fremont Festival of the Arts in my hometown of Fremont, CA. As with all the other ones I’ve attended, most of the stuff was pretty much the same.

The biggest surprise was seeing Linda Cullen in my own neck of the woods, and I had a feeling she wasn’t going to be there. But, hey! You never know what can happen!

For the first time since meeting her at the 2017 Harvest Festival in Pleasanton, she was able to get some of my greeting cards after creating the bottle cap necklace with the Kevin’s Cards logo. As they say, what goes around, comes around because if people do contribute to your art, you should do the same for them!

The other highlight was hanging out with my buddies Justin and Anthony during both days of the festival and they seemed to enjoy it as much as I did, even if it was really hot outside! Although I didn’t buy anything in particular, they bought some items from the Golden State Warriors and San Francisco 49ers such as a poster and a spray painting replica.

Since Fremont is my hometown, this is definitely one of the best festivals to sell my cards along with the Niles Antique Fair because it’s closer to my house and I’m sure I can get a lot of locals to come by and check out some of my works of art! 

You never know what can be found at any art show or festival!

2018 NFL Preseason

Tonight, the 2018 NFL Preseason kicks off with the Chicago Bears taking on the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

Then, next week, the San Francisco 49ers will begin their preseason when they take on the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, and Los Angeles Chargers; while the Oakland Raiders will take on the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks. 

Once the preseason is over, the regular season will kick off on September 6 with the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons. This will be a long journey to see who will face off in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA and who will be the next team to take home the Lombardi Trophy!

If you want to find your favorite team and check out some of the greatest rivalries, check out A House Divided for the NFL and also my custom-made NFL posters. In addition to my previous ones, I also plan to continue to make new designs for past Super Bowls and other things along those lines. 

To all the teams out there, good luck and have a great season!

Art Night/Treasurefest

A lot of people have been complaining that I haven’t painted since I’ve been more focused on my graphic arts and creating projects with InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Well, the wait is finally over! As it turns out, there will be new paintings for 2018 that will be transformed into the next set of greeting cards!

During the art & wine festivals I’ve attended, I’ve been searching for artists to collaborate with and also potential paint nights to attend. Last night was the perfect opportunity for me because I attended an art night hosted by my friend from uCamps, Valerie Herman.

After hearing an advertisement about it, I knew this was my only chance to get back into my painting mode. Even though it was just the two of us, it was totally worth it because we were able to collaborate our thoughts with each other while being able to create our own styles at the same time!

The paintings I created were reviews of previous paintings I’ve done, only this time it was in a smaller 8×10″ canvas as opposed to the original 16×20″ because of time and I felt that the smaller size would be a better sell.

These paintings will be uploaded sometime this year and who knows which one will be the best seller!

 

Today, I returned to Treasurefest after missing last month due to preparations for Artist Alley.

The biggest surprise was that Linda Cullen actually created bottlecaps with the Kevin’s Cards logo and one of my paintings, which was something I totally didn’t expect!

Even though I did plan to find other ways to use my paintings, I felt that Linda definitely influenced my art in a great way! Plus I didn’t think the paintings were going to fit in the bottle cap in the first place, but I’m glad she was able to find a way to make it fit! 

As for the entire festival, it was the same as past sales as I figured it was going to be, with the exception of some new booths as well! As I continue to explore more art & wine festivals, who knows what I’ll uncover next!

California State Fair

Yesterday, I attended the California State Fair at Sacramento’s Cal Expo.

This event is bigger than the Alameda County Fair, but it’s still America’s favorite summer pastime for all ages, whether it’s riding the carnival rides, eating fried junk food, and exploring the different exhibits.

Unlike the county fair, the state fair’s has exhibits that represent California’s different counties and cultures so visitors who never been to this state can experience what each area is like. They also have a monorail to show people around the entire fair. Unfortunately, it was closed that day due to mechanical problems. 

They did have an art exhibit similar to Artist Alley, however it was in an air conditioned building instead of an outdoor vendor. Some of them ranged from crafts, photography, paintings, and everything in between.

I don’t know if I plan to sell my cards at this particular place due to extremely hot weather, it’s farther from Fremont, and it could potentially be pricer than the county fair. However, if I was in Sacramento, then maybe I could consider it!

As I’ve said before, any art show, art and wine festival, or even a county fair could be a great place to sell my cards and display my art!

Artist Alley Recap

Yesterday’s final sale turned out to be a strong finish!

Once again, I had my first customer before opening, courtesy of Lisa Brightfire Photography. Also for the first time, I had more paintings sold which increased from the previous days. After Melanie Johnston bought a painting for herself, she bought one for her mom who made an appearance at my booth as well!

Probably my biggest disappointment was that the new Artist Alley coordinator Veronica Knowlton promised me that she would come to my booth and buy some cards. However, she couldn’t make it due to time restraints, although she did stop by to see how the sale was going.

While I was breaking down the booth today, I managed to stop by her office to give her a bunch of cards and a painting so she wouldn’t feel left out and I was so glad that she finally got to see it!

Overall, this was without question one of the best sales I’ve had this year because I was able to get more people to see it and buy stuff and I was able to get a busier time. One of the key things that attracted my customers was my new logo and business cards, which flew out the door like crazy, so people can keep in touch with me!

If I were to make any changes, probably the only thing I’d do is to make the sign larger so people could see the logo more clearly.

Special thanks to coordinators Melanie Johnston and Veronica Knowlton for their supporting me throughout the sale, my assistants for helping me put this together, and everyone who came out and bought something! Looking forward to the next card sale and future art shows!

Artist Alley Final Day

Yesterday’s sale got off to a great start because I had one customer buy some cards right before the fair opened, which has never happened in the last two years!

Other than that, it was a pretty slow day due to the hot weather. However, I did manage to sell another two paintings and more cards as well! But the business cards and logo were a huge success because it was one of the key elements to get customers to come see my booth.

With one final sale left, I’m hoping for a huge success and maybe a potential sell out of my paintings!

Anyone who hasn’t got a chance to see my booth and buy something, this is your last chance! Make sure you tell all your friends and relatives to stop by because you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Artist Alley Day 4/Price Reduction

Yesterday’s card sale was a little slow to start, but I did manage to get more sales including one lady from the UK and another two paintings sold from my former Artist Alley manager Melanie Johnston, and an old classmate from school. As I mentioned before, it’s usually slow during the first part, but crowds really fly in during the late afternoon and early evening hours!

Even though this is already one of the best sales I’ve had so far, I’m hoping for a great finish with two days left! Those of you who haven’t stopped by yet and bought anything, here’s your opportunity because the prices of the paintings have been reduced!

LARGE- $15

SMALL- $10

The prices of the cards will remain the same, since they are one of the best sellers so far! Make sure you get a chance to stop by and tell all your friends and relatives as well because you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Artist Alley Day 3

Yesterday’s card sale was a little slower, but turned out to be another good sale!

The main reason is because the morning hours tend to be slower, but it really picks up in the late afternoon and early evening. With another couple of paintings sold and more cards bought, it’s really keeping the customers coming in for more! 

I hope to continue with another good sale today and to get even more people to come as I did the last two days! 

 

Artist Alley Day 2/Rest in Peace

Yesterday’s 4th of July Card Sale at Artist Alley got off to a great start!

I thought no one was going to show up, but it turned out to be a great sale with the new business cards flying out the door and the new greeting cards being a successful sale!

Plus, for the first time, I was able to sale two paintings on the first day! The real highlight was people from uCamps making an appearance at  my booth to experience my art!

I hope to continue this success today with even more people coming by and purchasing my art! Anyone whose planning on coming now – July 8, just note that the fair will close at 11 PM from here on out, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the fair and stop by my booth!

On a side note, today marks the two year anniversary of my grandfather Honesto Tria’s death. For those who may not know, he actually made an appearance at my booth during my first year before he ended up in hospice care. Also, the God Bless painting was the first greeting card made to honor his legacy! RIP Papa Honesto!

Honesto R. Tria (1928 – 2016)