Once upon a time, Angela had a regular gathering of artists and friends called Art of Friendship. Tonight (20 April 2012) marks the return of that nexus of creativity. There will be art projects, socializing, and snacks! If you're going to be in the Springfield, Missouri area, contact us on the Contact page and find out how to get to the event. Art of Friendship starts at 7 pm and is FREE! But donations toward supplies are appreciated.
Angela and I are currently in Kansas City at the Best Western Plus -- walking distance to Westport! -- and getting ready to do some photo shoots from our first venue. Although it may be a bit late to get in on our Kansas City retreat (unless you're already here!), check out our other retreat venues over on the Calendar and Registration page. Meanwhile: make every day a creative one!
As CP and I are discovering, there is always SO much more to each task when starting a business than one might expect. This very site, for example, is a daily devotional for each of us, with time spent tweaking and moving text and various elements about for content and design clarity.
The retreats themselves are a never ending wonderland of details, more of which surface every week. Will we serve refreshments? What area attractions do we want to promote at each event? How best to include local artists wherever we go? Will we eventually line up rooms for attendees so that we can offer an all inclusive package?
Then there are the many, many challenges and opportunities for marketing (online, on the street, promotions, indirect projects which direct flow of potential customers.) There are related tasks that we must learn to do ourselves or delegate to others in order to maintain sanity (logo design, poster building, portfolio expansion, prints prepared to make available at events.) Every day I give a few shouts of "Woo hoo!" and a few sighs of "uh-oh."
It is a labor of love and learning, and we are more than happy to invest. "Why?" You might ask. It's simple: we look forward to sharing the outcome of this project with YOU, during what will soon be a series of incredible adventures in creativity and exploration. We plan to have a great time growing our circle of friends and adding pins to our map of places we'd love to visit, here in the states, and abroad. Now, which retreat are you planning to attend?