San Jose Holiday Craft Fair/2018 Art Shows

The final art show of 2018 led me back to the San Jose Craft Fair at the San Jose Convention Center. This place had a lot of stuff for the holiday season and was the perfect place for people to find the best Christmas present.

Was I going to bet that Linda Cullen was going to show up at this show? My instincts thought that she wasn’t, but to my surprise she actually did! I don’t know what it is!

There was another booth that I definitely enjoyed! An artist named Tracey designs custom-made signs using recycled license plates found off of old cars and the best part is that she lets her customers design any kind of sign they want to.

They can be used as racks to store car keys or other things. I don’t know how I’d make greeting cards like that, but anything can happen!

As 2018 comes to a close, there were a lot of shows that I went to this year and I’d like to review them all:

-Treasurefest

-Sacramento Toy Con

-Mountain View Al A Carte & Art

-Sunnyvale Art & Wine Festival

-Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival

-Livermore Art & Wine Festival

-Artist Alley (Card Sale)

-Fremont Festival of the Arts

-Niles Antique Fair

-Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

-Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

-San Carlos Art & Wine Festival

-Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Jose Holiday Craft Fair

With 2019 around the corner, I plan to revisit these shows and see some new ones and who knows what ideas will inspire me to create a new project and where my next card sale will take place!

Happy Veterans Day/San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Hope everyone had a great Veterans Day!

Thank you to all our brave men and women who served in the Armed Forces to keep our country safe!

How I spent my Veterans Day was a visit to the San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. Most of the stuff I saw were previous items from the past shows and gift ideas for holiday season.

When I was at that show last year, it was the first time I bought a bottle cap design from Linda Cullen with the Sacramento Kings logo after meeting them for the first time in Pleasanton, and I still have it to this very day!

In addition to that, I’ve mentioned about ideas for new projects with sports, television, fast food, travel, and other things along those lines.

Ever since I’ve being taking graphic arts classes and using some of these ideas, I’ve created a lot of posters and making a few updates here and there using inDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, and each one has its on personality.

Some of them are currently on the website, while most of them I have to myself to look at. Every once in a while, I’ll show them to other people to see what I’ve created.

However, everyone likes my paintings the best since they’re the ones used for my greeting cards. As I said, anything I create is a work of art no matter if it’s on canvas or a computer.

Going along with my art, any art show that I’ve been to can be a great place to display my creations and sell my cards because I know people will really enjoy it. The Harvest Festival in San Mateo is one example, along with San Jose or Pleasanton.

What other show can I do it at? The best thing for me to do is to keep visiting them and to see which one would work!

Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Today, I returned to the Alameda County Fairgrounds to attend the Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. This was my first time back since selling my cards at Artist Alley this summer.

As always, I was on a mission to check out some new items for the holiday season and to find inspiration for my new projects.

Of course, I had to check out Linda Cullen’s creative bottle caps, which I have been doing at nearly every show I’ve been to. You may not believe it, but it’s been a year since I first met her at last year’s Harvest Festival.

When I attended that show, I thought to myself, is there any booth that’ll stand out for me? After seeing it for the first time, I was instantly inspired to create projects with sports, television, and other things along those lines.

The highlight of it all was giving her one of my new Kevin’s Cards calendars after giving some away to a few people, including Melanie Johnston’s mom from Artist Alley. I figured she would like to have one since giving her some of my cards at Fremont Festival of the Arts.

As I’ve said before, art shows like these are great places to sell my cards and display my art and this one in particular would be one of my top choices to do it! No matter which show I attend, there will always be something to inspire me for the next project!

Where Will Kevin’s Cards Showcase Next?

A lot of people have been asking me if I’ve sold my cards and displayed my art at other art shows. The only two I’ve done were Artist Alley at the Alameda County Fair and PIA in San Francisco. Plus, I’ve done smaller sales and did free giveaways to other people who couldn’t afford to buy them.

Other than that, I haven’t done any other shows yet. However, I have visited a ton of art & wine festivals, flea markets, and different art shows because any of them could be potential places to sell my cards.

The problem is that there’s so many places and it’s not an easy decision to make. If I were to choose, here are some of my top choices:

-Fremont Festival of the Arts

-Niles Antique Fair

Mountain View Al A Carte & Art

-Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

-Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

-Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival

-Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

-Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival

Since these places are closest to where I leave, they would probably be the best option for me. As for places like Santa Rosa or Sacramento, they’d be too far for me, unless if I were in those areas!

No matter what kind of show it is and where it takes place, one thing that never changes is that any one of them could be a great place to sell my cards and display my art!

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

Today, I returned to the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival after attending it last year.

Originally, I planned to go to another one in Santa Clara yesterday for a double round of shows, which was going on that same weekend. However, due to the football game at CAL, I ended up going to this one since this one was the most familiar to me.

As always, I was on a mission to discover new artists and find more inspiration for upcoming projects. One of the things I learned is that you can create art just about anywhere.

For example, an artist named Mark Bidstrup takes his easel and travels to a spot in nature to create a masterpiece based on where he’s at. Most of his creations were landscapes similar to ones I’ve done, except he used oil paints like Bob Ross, while I use acrylic paints to create mine.

Another thing I discovered was that an artist named Elisabeth Mahnken created jewelry with images from sports, pop culture, and other various items, similar to Linda Cullen’s bottle caps. Other than that, it was most of the stuff I saw in past shows.

As I’ve visited all these shows, I’ve discovered that everyone’s art is really creative whether it’s sculpture, painting, photography, jewelry, or drawing. Even if people have no talent in art, they can create something whatever comes to mind! All it takes is inspiration, creativity, and imagination!

As with my art work, any of the shows I’ve been to can make an appearance! All I have to do is to find the right one! Who knows what I’ll discover next and where I might find inspiration for the next project!

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

Today, I returned to Mountain View to attend the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival after attending the Al A Carte and Art Festival earlier this year. As with all shows, I was on a mission to discover new artists, revisit some familiar faces, and find inspiration for upcoming projects!

Of course, there was my favorite booth, Linda Cullen and her creative bottle caps. Without question, this was definitely the one booth I’ve seen at nearly every show I’ve attended since meeting her at last year’s Harvest Festival in Pleasanton.

One thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of paintings can be done on different kinds of materials other than an ordinary canvas. For example, one artist I met used different kinds of wood found at antique fairs such as doors, fences, or wood scraps, and uses them to paint different scenes. Maybe that’s something I’ll consider doing!

I also noticed an artist named Ben Teeter, who usually paints portraits of famous athletes, painting a landscape inspired by Bob Ross. When I saw him at several shows, I’ve usually seen him painting something with sports. However, I was actually surprised to see him change things up a little. He could be one of the people I can collaborate on my art with.

As I continue to explore these kinds of festivals and shows, who knows what I’ll find next! Also, any of these could be a potential places to sell my cards and display my art work! All I have to do is to find the right one!

Niles Antique Fair

Today, I attended the Niles Antique Fair in my hometown of Fremont with my friends Sam, Justin, and Anthony.

With a really early start to the day at around 6 AM, this gave us a lot of time to enjoy the whole experience and to see what kind of treasures we could find. Most of the antiques we found ranged from old school to modern, and everything in between.

Anthony got a rare Joe Montana 49ers jersey from 1989, an old school PlayStation, and a paper mache’ clown. Sam got a couple of video games from Crash Bandicoot, crash team racing, and spy hunter, a couple of local 49ers plaques of Joe Montana and Jimmy Garapollo, and some local honey. Justin got a 49ers book and some football cards.

As for me, I got a card game and an easel for future paintings to be created into the next set of greeting cards. In addition to buying stuff, a lot of the items we saw brought us back to childhood memories and flashbacks to life back as far as the early 1900s.

As I’ve mentioned before, antique fairs like this one could be one of the potential places to sell my cards and display my art. No matter what kind of art show it is, any of them could possible because you never know what you might find!

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!

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!

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!