RAW Brooklyn: Encompass Showcase

Are you an artist who is looking for a different way to showcase your artwork? RAW: Natural born artists may be for you.
RAW Brooklyn: Encompass Showcase, Oct. 20th 2013
RAW Brooklyn: Encompass Showcase, Oct. 20th 2013

Last night I attended the RAW: Natural Born Artists Encompass showcase in Brooklyn. I found it to be a very lively event with many visitors. The RAW initiative is very different from attending conventions, but if you’re interested in showcasing your artwork alongside other indie artists it’s an option to look into.

RAW is active in over 60 cities in the US. If you are interested in joining the RAW: Natural born artists initiative you can submit your work for approval through their website.

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How it is different?

Unlike trade shows where you are provided a table and chairs, the RAW showcase setup is entirely reliant on the artist. This can both be good and bad depending on your transportation means. My setup options were limited as I had to transport everything on the New York City subway, thankfully my husband  helped me out.


Marc Scheff and my husband Alexander Leonard.

Marc Scheff and my husband Alexander Leonard.

I have to admit that I am more partial to the traditional trade show setup. The RAW open space setup does promote more a more creative use of the space, which is definitely a part of their main focus. At this particular event my setup space was a length of rail, which I shared with  fellow illustrator Marc Scheff.

The event ran from 6 pm to 10 pm. I liked the combination of so many artists in one big space. There is a little bit of everything present, everything from fashion shows, abstract art, huge pencil works, illustration, installations and music.

The exhibiting artists were also of varying skill levels, so even if you are new to the art scene this event can definitely be for you.

My only annoyance was the DJs. When the event first began the music was at a comfortable level but as the night carried on they kept turning it up and up and up. I don’t understand why DJs insist on blasting their music painfully loud. It doesn’t make it sound any better and it makes it extremely difficult to carry on a conversation, which makes engaging potential buyers or networking near impossible.

Lastly I want to thank the event organizer Kaitlyn, who single handedly did a fantastic job of making it all happen.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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