Farewell

This week has been really hard!

I’ve recently lost one of my classmates from Irvington High School, Lea Adamovic! After seeing a bunch of her pictures on Facebook, I didn’t know exactly what was going on. When I heard about her passing, it was a huge hit and words couldn’t describe this feeling!

During our time in high school, we were in dance class during our junior year and we saw each other at school dances. However, we never had an opportunity to hang out!

The only other time I saw her outside of class was at a football game at Stanford in 2015 with my best friend Sam against her alma mater, Oregon Ducks. I did tell her that I was going up to Seattle earlier this year and to see if she wanted to get together, but it never happened!

The more I’ve seen her pictures and seeing her posts from her best friends, the more heartbroken I was and I wish we could’ve spent more time together!

Today, I was able to attend her memorial service at Bergen Pappa’s Chapel in Fremont and visit her final resting place at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward where my grandfather is currently at!

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to attend, but this was something I couldn’t miss! I was definitely glad to pay my final respects to Lea and to reconnect with old classmates and this was without question the most tearful service.

It was especially hard for her best friends because they’ve been together at country concerts, travels, holidays, and other events, and I could imagine what it’s going to be like without Lea!

To give back to her friends and family, I donated a bunch of leftover cards from my card sale at Artist Alley and gave her one of my watercolor paintings! I felt like I needed to give my contribution to her in a huge way!

Lea, thanks again for all the memories we shared and we will always remember you!

In Loving Memory of Lea Adamovic (1993 – 2019)

Los Altos Art & Wine Festival/Where to Paint Next?

Yesterday, I attended the Los Altos Art & Wine Festival in Los Altos.

This was a new festival I visited and the first one to attend for fun after my huge card sale at Artist Alley. While it was a trek to get there, it was definitely worth it! Tons of local artists displaying their creations and plenty of things for everyone to enjoy!

Although this is one show I haven’t attended yet, I would definitely make the trip back, but I wouldn’t sell my cards there, unless if I was in the area.

After my recent card sale, a lot of people have been requesting for me to paint more landscapes. Over the past few days, I’ve been doing research on local artists to collaborate with because I can get feedback from them while developing new ideas at the same time.

While browsing all the booths, I visited a couple of local art galleries and the managers suggested I attend an open studio, which sounds like a great idea! The only question is which one to attend.

With so many choices, I’ll have to do tons of research to find the right one and also which art show to sell my cards! 

Artist Alley Recap

Yesterday’s final day sale started slow, but really kicked in toward the end!

After reducing the prices on the paintings, it gave people one last chance to buy paintings at an affordable price. Surely enough, the price reduction was the key to success along with more cards being sold.

The real highlight was that new coordinator Isaiah Wilkerson was able to buy cards from me and Melanie Johnston bought another painting to go with the one she already bought.

However, the only downside was that Veronica Knowlton wasn’t able to buy anything at my booth for the second year in a row, but at least I was glad to see her when I attended the fair last Sunday.

Overall, this was definitely one of the best sales without question because of the new box set that was suggested by one customer on the first day and being interviewed for Instagram during Papa Honesto’s death anniversary from Megan Kreider. Plus, I made nearly $500 which was more than the previous years!

Special thanks to coordinators Melanie Johnston, Veronica Knowlton, and Isaiah Wilkerson for their support during my sale, my assistants for helping me put this together, and everyone who came and bought cards from me!

Looking forward to next year and to future art shows!

Artist Alley Final Day

Yesterday’s sale was a little slower mainly due to the hot weather, even though this was the busiest day so far.

While a few cards were sold, the highlight was that six paintings were sold to family. Another highlight was that Melanie Johnston’s mom was able to stop by and buy some more cards. Plus, she was the one who suggested the new Kevin’s Cards calendar, which I made for her, Melanie, and Veronica Knowlton, as well as others.

With one day left, this is your last chance to buy something for those who haven’t had a chance yet.

And to shake things up a little, the painting prices have been reduced: $20 for Large and $10 for Small/Watercolor. However, it’s STILL CASH ONLY!!! Of course, the card prices will remain the same since they’ve been the best sellers.

Make sure you get a chance to stop by because you don’t want to miss out on this great offer!

Artist Alley Day 4

Yesterday’s sale was definitely one of the best sales so far!

Tons of cards sold like hotcakes and the new box set has started to become more popular now, thanks to the client who suggested it on the first day! Also, four paintings were sold, three water color and one acrylic.

Special guests included uCamps director Doug Cembellin and his fiancé Amy and Artist Alley Coordinator Melanie Johnston.

However, the real highlight was being interviewed by social media coordinator Megan Kreider. When she came to the booth during 4th of July, she took pictures of my booth to post on Instagram. Then, I noticed one of the other booths near me was doing a live interview and that was something that I wanted to do to promote my business. 

The only other time this happened was during my first year in 2016 from The Filipino Channel. Originally, the interviewer Rommel Conclara was supposed to arrive around 6 PM, but came about an hour late. At least the interview was good.  

After sending them a private message, I didn’t think they were going to do it. However, they did manage to show up early and the interview was on! Basically, they’ve asked me the same questions that everyone has been asking me such as where do you get your inspiration or where do you get them printed.

The main reason for this interview was to explain how it got started and to honor the anniversary of my grandfather’s passing. If that wasn’t enough, the real kicker was honoring Melanie because if she didn’t mention Artist Alley, I wouldn’t be doing it!

After showing her the interview, her reaction was priceless, especially when I mentioned her, which led her to break into tears! Maybe that’s why the sale was so successful!

Let’s hope for another successful sale today and I hope to see some of you today or tomorrow!

 

Artist Alley Day 3/Rest in Peace

Yesterday’s 4th of July sale was another great turnout!

After starting slow, lots of cards have been sold, including two box sets bought by my grandmother Rosie. One of my other relatives came in by surprise and brought in her friends to buy a bunch of cards! I honestly didn’t know how it happen!

The highlight of it all was when social media coordinator Megan Kreider came to the booth and posted in on Instagram so people can come find me. Maybe that’s my secret weapon to a successful sale!

Anyone who’s planning to come to fair, note that the fair closes at 11 PM the rest of the weekend, which will give you plenty of time to come visit my booth!

On a side note, today marks the three year anniversary of my grandfather Honesto Tria’s death!

For those who may not know, he actually made an appearance during my first year at Artist Alley and was honored to see my art work before being placed in hospice care. Also, the God Bless painting was created into custom-made sympathy cards which led to the idea for Kevin’s Cards. 

In Loving Memory of Honesto R. Tria (1928 – 2016)

Artist Alley 4th of July Sale/Box Set Debut

Yesterday’s sale got off to a really slow start mainly due to a slow hour! I thought for sure that no one was going to buy anything at all.

However, one of my customers did stop by and she suggested that I do a box set so people can have more cards. After taking her advice, the new idea is now official!

The box set is 12 cards for $10 and you can either buy 12 of the same cards or you can combine 12 different ones, and if you buy them at the fair, I’ll tie a ribbon around it!

About four hours later, the sale kicked into high gear as cards flew out the door. As for the box set, musician Dave Badilla was the first customer to buy it! Also, the new brochures were successful as anticipated. Plus, two paintings were sold just like on the first day last year.

On a side note, we want to thank our brave men and women who served our great country on this 4th of July! If you want to make it extra special, be sure to stop by the Artist Alley at the Alameda County Fair for the 4th of July sale!

Just note that the fair closes at 8 PM, fair gates close at 4 PM, and parking closes at 3:30 PM. Hope to see you there!

Happy 4th of July!

Artist Alley Opener

After months of hard work and preparation, Kevin’s Cards is officially back at Artist Alley with an all new card sale!

This year, we got tons of new cards and paintings to sell! Plus, my new brochures will make their debut this year, so people can get more information about Kevin’s Cards if they can’t find my website.

Here’s a list of prices of all the merchandise that I’ll be selling in case you forgot:

GREETING CARDS

$1 EACH

6 FOR $5

 

LARGE PAINTINGS

$25

 

SMALL ACRYLIC/WATERCOLOR

$15

As a reminder, it’s CASH ONLY!!!

Be sure to tell your friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues to stop by and check out some amazing art until July 7.

Hope to see you there!

Alameda County Fair Preview/Artist Alley Update

Yesterday, I attended the Alameda County Fair to get a sneak preview of Artist Alley and mainly to have fun!

In the Artist Alley, there wasn’t a whole lot of artists as I anticipated mainly because they either moved out before or they haven’t moved in the same week as me. Either way, I’m hoping to see a lot of great artists selling their work during the last week.

As for the fair itself, it’s one of America’s Pastimes during the summer with tons of carnival games, rides, exhibits, farm animals, concerts, and of course tons of fried junk food, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Out of everything I did at the fair, the highlight of it all was seeing my former Artist Alley Coordinators Melanie Johnston and Veronica Knowlton. Last year, Veronica never had an opportunity to buy anything from my booth mainly due to time restraints. However, she did stop by to check on me and I managed to give her a bunch of cards and a painting.

As for Melanie, she came to the booth twice and bought a painting for herself and her mom. I’m hoping that both of them come to the booth together this time.

Just a reminder that my card sale will be July 3 – 7. Here’s the price list of all the items I’ll be selling!

GREETING CARDS

$1 EACH

6 FOR $5

 

LARGE PAINTINGS

$25

 

SMALL ACRYLIC/WATERCOLOR

$15

 

Don’t forget that it’s CASH ONLY!!!

Be sure to tell your friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues to stop by and check out some amazing art and you don’t want to miss out on this!

Hope to see you there!