Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Art, Music, Fans Connect At Red Rocks Mock Show
By: Jamie Huntsman
August 5th, 2009
Last Saturday at a hotel six miles from Red Rocks Amphitheatre, where Phish was playing for four nights, more than 30 artists and hundreds of art lovers and collectors gathered for Mock Show, a poster and art showcase-marketplace. Held in the Sheraton Denver West Hotel’s ballroom, the Mock Show was an art lovers dream that included everyone from well-established artists, such as Jim Pollock and David Welker, to up-and-comers and fan artists (such as myself). I was honored to participate and did pretty well for my first show.
Fans showed up as early as 8 a.m. to get in line to shake hands with Pollock as he personalized posters, converse with Ryan Kerrigan, or see the new works from AJ Masthay. Mock Show was all about connections: connecting fans of the music to the art inspired by the music to the artists who were inspired by the music.
The connections made at Mock Show were not limited to poster artists, however. Several nonprofit organizations participated in the show, including the Mockingbird Foundation, Expresso Beans, Phish’s Waterwheel Foundation, and of course HeadCount. Other connections were made through music (the Heavy Pets played in the hallway) and cinema (the poster documentary American Artifact was screened and Noah Wilderman was there shooting footage for his Phish documentary, Maybe So, Maybe Not.)
While running my booth, I had a unique perspective on Mock Show. I didn’t really get a chance to roam around and see everything I wanted to see (I’m a fan as well as an artist), and I was nervous as hell hoping I would get at least a little traffic to my booth. But in the end, I was overwhelmed by the support I received from the crowd and other artists at the show. A particularly warm and fuzzy moment came when, at the beginning of the show, a woman made a bee line for my booth to purchase my Red Rocks print. She said it was at the top of her list of items to purchase. This rewarding moment eased my nervousness immediately. All that hard work was worth it! And speaking of hard work, I’d like to publically thank Jason Kaczorowski for his hard work in putting this show on. It was an amazing experience for me and everyone else involved.
If you weren’t at Mock Show, you can still visit all the artists online. But, as always, the art is much better in person! Go to http://www.amockshow.com to connect with the artists and see photos and video from the show. And we’ll see you next time.
HeadCount art director Jamie Huntsman is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Her work, which includes poster art for festivals and bands.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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Thanks to all the artists, volunteers and collectors who helped make the inaugural Mock Show Red Rocks such a huge success. Mock Show Red Rocks hosted the largest gathering of Phish poster art in history! Counting artists and exhibitors, their assistants and Mock Show volunteers, in conjunction with pre-purchase ticketed attendees, walk-up will call guests and invited VIPs, Mock Show welcomed over 750 in attendance Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at the Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood, Colorado.
From the four nights of fantastic Phish concerts, to all the warm, friendly folks we met in Colorado, to all the amazing artists and unbelievable work on display, what an unforgettable adventure!
Over $10K Raised for Local CO Charities
Mock Show would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended this past Saturday, August 1st, 2009. Together through your generous donations from our sales of Mock Show event posters and t-shirts we are proud to report that we raised over $10,000.00 for local Colorado charities!!!
Mock Show: EPIC NYE
Red Rocks was only the tip of the monolith. Bookmark the Mock Show Blog and keep checking back for an exciting announcement about our next exhibition. If you thought Red Rocks was the edge, New Year’s Eve promises to be "an art exhibition beyond epic proportion". We’ll offer vast improvements to our ticketing system by delivering physical hard copy tickets to you providing Early Bird, Poster Presale & VIP ticket options to attendees. We’ll also raise the bar on the caliber of the celebrated artists involved along with the exhibition space itself and its proximity to the venue. Many, many more surprises are in store so make sure to keep checking back for an announcement. We hope you will join us again and plan to bring a few companions along for the ride.
For Fans, By Fans
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