Art Star

The Art Star Craft Bazaar that took place from May 10-May 11 at Penn’s Landing officially marked my homecoming, my first show since my trip to Florida! Breathing in the life and history of Philly’s streets is an experience that always seems fresh and exciting, no matter how familiar.
Art Star Program

The bazaar was stunning. Countless vendors were located on the waterfront of the Delaware River, including Matt Eyer – designer of Wear Liberty and a fellow contestant in the 2013 RAWards for the fashion designer category, where he competed against Project Runway Season 12 winner Dom Streater. My vendor was placed directly in front of the Independence Seaport Museum. I was greeted by a row of international flags, reminding me of all the cultures and people thriving in Philadelphia. It’s so good to be back. At first I was a bit hesitant since it was on the outer edge, but it turned out OK. Sometimes with outer tent locations, you do better off, but almost always it’s best to be located in the middle of it all.
Art Star Tent Sign

Saturday was hot and muggy. The sun attempted to break through the thick gray clouds throughout the afternoon. The air within the vendor was heavier and hotter than the air outside. It’s funny how something as small and simple as a single step can completely transport you to a destination you haven’t previously visited or even anticipated.

The heat certainly didn’t stop guests from venturing inside to browse through my work. I was thrilled to introduce myself and my art to some new faces! Unfortunately, rainstorms cut our first day short. It was a very Florida sort of day, almost as if I hadn’t ever left the Sunshine State.
Art Star Craft Bazaar
Art Star Booth Candid

The following weekend I traveled to Scarsdale, NY for the Westchester Festival of the Arts. The event ran on May 17-18. It was a smaller fair, with more boutique vendors. The event was rather slow for me, which makes me add “boutique vendors” to my list of things to look out for when applying for art festivals. No regrets about it though! Everything is a learning experience.

Just three weeks ago I was in Florida, then I began to work my way up the coast to Maryland, back to Pennsylvania and then to New York. It’s exhausting, but I’m very excited to be wandering the northeast again.

 The fairs really fry my brain. It’s challenging having such a sporadic schedule, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. While attending art festivals, I’m also attempting to make prints available for purchase on my website and making commission requests more accessible to the public. So stay tuned!
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Hello Again Philly!

So Adam came to pick me up and we headed on the road back to Philly! I was so excited to see the city again and relax for a few days. “Relax” just sounds like a foreign word to me at this point in life. I’m always on the go and constantly preparing for art fairs and applying for shows. The artist life isn’t an easy one to live, but it’s one that’s worth it in the end. I know it!

Road Trip

Don’t quite remember where the picture above was taken… I know it was somewhere in Florida still! The tree just called out to me. I guess trees have a way of standing out to me on road trips. Remember that dancing tree from before?

As I left Philly to head down to Florida back in the end of January, early February, it was snowing and hectic and a wintery mess! I’m going to miss the warm weather of Florida and the sunny days of wearing shorts, but I’m glad to be back in the city where a city girl like me belongs!

When I got back, I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to relax unfortunately. I was a participant of the A-RTS Rockville Festival (http://a-rts.org/) in Rockville, MD. Adam came with me and helped me throughout the day. I always enjoy having someone else with me in my booth at shows. It’s great to have someone explore a new area with me and share the experiences of meeting different supporters (and non-supporters) of my work.

Rockville

After Rockville last weekend, I was FINALLY able to step back into the studio! Can you tell which piece I’m doing a second version of?

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Summer2 in Progress

Summer2 in Progress

If you guessed “Summer,” you’re right! To see the original “Summer” click here. So this piece will be “Summer 2” and I’m really excited about the recreation. It’s less time consuming for me to draw original pieces of images I’ve done before, though of course if I had time to do a BRAND NEW piece I would love the opportunity to do so. Getting the resources and materials to do new projects is something many people don’t think about. It’s the artist’s job to finance their work through selling other pieces and it’s a constant cycle of working on a piece, getting your name out there, meeting people and trying to have them love the piece as much as you do.

So “Summer 2” is complete and as always, my followers get the first peek! For those of you just checking in, don’t forget to follow my blog! All you have to do is type in your email and my posts will get sent straight to you. I post a few times monthly, so it won’t be anything that will fill up your inbox too much hehe!

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Well, now I’m off and about to start my day at Penn’s Landing! I’m at the Art Star Craft Bazaar from 11-6 today and tomorrow (5/11), so make sure to come check out my work. This is the first Philly fair I’m participating in since I’ve been away. It’s going to be a great day. Hello again Philly! Let’s see what you’ve got for me!

For more details of the Art Star Craft Bazaar, please visit www.artstarcraftbazaar.com.

 

 

I’M IN FLORIDA!

Well folks, I’M IN FLORIDA! It’s crazy to think that I’ll be here for the next three months. THREE MONTHS!! Can you believe it?! Hopefully I won’t miss Philly too much!

I think I’ll have an easy time with not being in Pennsylvania with the wintry mess I left. We have been getting insane amounts of snow as you might have heard from weather reports. The East Coast got it bad this year, and I left right when it was about to get even worse.

Philly probably accumulate around 8 inches this past January/February. I was worried about my road trip, but determined to make it there in one piece after all of the prep work I’ve been doing.

Matte scraps

The Company aalexandrin.com

I thought it was funny how everyone was worried about the Super Bowl and there I was, running around to beat the snow. So after tons and tons of bubble-wrap (so tempting to pop!), and lots of heavy lifting, I said goodbye to my studio and started my down south.

Goodbye Philly
Leaving Philly

The roads were dangerous and drivers drove very defensively. If you’re reading this, I hope you never have to drive through something so dangerous. Stay safe everyone. (Meanwhile, I still kept on driving hehe)

Road trip FL
Pit stop VA
Audio books have become my best friend during this trip. Don’t you just love technology?

First Palm Tree Sighting

My first palm tree sighting! I knew I was close at this point! But to my dismay, I checked my GPS when I saw the trees and found out I had five more hours ahead of me, oy!

Made itAll of that time driving was so worth it though. I made it to my home away from home for the next few months to come, a home that is rented out to selected artists. Also in the picture is my other home away from home: my car (or my boyfriend Adam’s car I should say, hehe!) That’s right everyone, I’ll be camping out on the weekends so that I am close to the festivals. Didn’t get to see which art fairs I’ll be participating in? Check out the list below:

  • 2/8-9 Boca Raton Museum of Art 28th Outdoor Juried Art Festival
  • 2/15-16 Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival
  • 3/1-2 Las Olas Art Fair Part II
  • 3/8-9 Jupiter Art Fest by the Sea
  • 3/15-16 Key Biscayne Art Festival
  • 3/22-23 Hyde Park Village Art Fair
  • 3/29-30 Altamonte Spring Art & Music Festival
  • 4/5-6 St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival
  • 4/12-13 Cedar Key Arts Festival

Looking at the list is unreal. I’m so thankful to have been accepted into them. I’m still waiting to hear back from a couple more, but I’m excited for what is set for now.

Earlier today, I arrived in Boca Raton to set up for the Boca Raton Museum of Art 28th Outdoor Juried Art Festival. For more information on the festival, please click: http://www.bocamuseum.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Outdoor+Juried+Art+Festival&category=Annual+Events.  Below are pictures featured from the website of what the event should look like.

Boca Website Photo
Boca Website Photo 2

Sadly, the sky will not be that blue because the weather forecast is calling for rain. Just my luck! Hopefully all goes well still. This will be the start of my art festival career. I really wish I would have discovered this sooner. It’s a great way for artists to be able to survive doing what they love to do. This goes to show that if you work hard and do your research, following your passion will pay off in the end!

When I first arrived, I had A LOT of unpacking to do. After that, I wondered what I was going to do until the festivals on the weekends. Then I realized, oh wait! I’ll be plenty busy (you guessed it) cutting up matte board. It’s such a daunting process, but it won’t get done with me complaining!

Unloading
Still unloading
Cutting Matte

My goal during my time in Florida is to really expand my brand and share my artwork. Gaining new fans and meeting new people is how my art work grows. You keep me motivated and I thank you everyday for having interest in my work.

So get ready world, because I’m in Florida!

To keep up with my adventures, follow me on Twitter @aalexandrin. Use the hashtag ‘#ArtinFL’ to send me your best wishes or to give me helpful Florida advice or to-do’s! I didn’t think about the humid weather bringing in bugs, and the advice would’ve been greatly appreciated. So feel free to give me any other head ups! https://twitter.com/AAlexandrin

“RAW” Talent

This past Thursday, RAW: Natural Born Artists had the 2013 Philadelphia RAWards: Semifinals at LiT UltraBar. Three artists from each category, ranging from visual art to fashion design, competed to be named the artist of the year for the Philadelphia region. I was fortunate enough to make it in the final three for the ‘Visual Artists’ category.

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

Art comes in many forms. Each piece unique to the artist who created it. Musical performances happened throughout the evening. I’m so proud to be a part of the Philadelphia art culture. There is some amazing talent here.

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

During the show, winners were announced in each category. The winner moves onto the 5th Annual RAW National Showcase. I am so honored to announce that I won the 2013 Philly RAWard for the Best Visual Artist of the Year! Thank you so much to all who have helped me get here and thanks to the judges for recognizing my work.

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

My talented photographer Marcel Basset!

2013 Philly RAWards: Semifinals

From here, I believe that another judging period is next. All of the winners from each city will be reviewed by the National judges and then the winners will move onto the formal National competition in LA. For more information on how it works (and to make sure I’m getting it right!), please visit http://www.rawartists.org/ or watch the “How it Works” YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItGvfnj-BZE.

While all of this has been going on, I had a good break period to work on my art. Here is my most recent piece:

Owl (2013) - Graphite

I have also been working on the drawing pictured below. I’m excited to see how it turns out! It might turn into a new series. Who knows? A matryoshka doll kind of series perhaps.

Unifinished piece (Charcoal) - Anastasia Alexandrin

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see my new artwork as soon as it’s finished! @aalexandrin And to get instant updates, make sure to ‘Like’ my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AnastasiaAlexandrinArtist.