Well, The Artist Project 2015 has come and gone, and what a great experience it was! It didn't quite start out that way, as when I arrived at my booth (after having put some things in it), I noticed this:
Given all of us paid the same amount for booths of the same size, I felt it was a bit unfair that I got stuck with a pole, but the show had to go on, and you know what they say, when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade!
Eventually I finally got set up, and opening night was a blast - they had a bunch of vendors giving away free stuff (ie sandwiches, beer, wine, macaroons to name a few), and the turnout was amazing! This was definitely 100 steps up from the Toronto Art Expo that I participated in last year, and it set an upbeat mood for the rest of the show.
Initially I felt a bit intimidated being surrounded by so many incredible artists, but as the show went on, I received quite a bit positive feeback from all the people who stopped by my booth, and I really started to enjoy myself more. I have to hand it to the organizers of The Artist Project - they did a great job at marketing the show, and the sheer volume of patrons who attended is a testament to that. Even with the shoddy weather on Saturday, people still made it to the show to see what was on display - without this turnout, the show definitely wouldn't have been the great experience it was.
Finally, I'd just like to thank a few people: Vin Singh, my neighbor during the show, (an excellent photographer himself http://www.bykulvinder.com/) for lending a helping hand (I wouldn't have been able to mount the Alps panorama without him), and for his upbeat personality; Claire Taylor, the director of the show, for organizing a great show, and for continuing to work with me on "pole-gate"; to all the people that took the time to stop at my booth - your feedback was confidence boosting and invaluable; to the patrons that were enamored enough with my work to actually purchase it - thank you for believing in my art and for your support; and finally to my wife, who has always encouraged me to take more photos and has been by my side throughout my entire photographic journey - I couldn't have done it without you =)