The CMC is home for designer wholesale showrooms, cafes, design schools, etc. so the building has a hip vibe, reflected by the urban crowd.
http://www.californiamarketcenter.com/faq/aboutus.php Here are some images from the lobby:
Send a photograph .. pets, people, places... to Emmiebean Custom Portraits...
When they announced they would be exhibiting at this show.. I put it on my calendar!
It was love at first sight when I discovered these charming accessory items -- all re-purposed from redundant books -- at a 2014 Santa Ana Patchwork show.
http://letrango.com/ was also at the Unique LA show....
I started going to local artist fairs with photographer pal Sarah about a year ago. These excursions began as a fun day out with friends....and they still are, but have also branched out in interesting ways.
As a fan of indie artists... I started taking more photos and talking with more of the artist vendors.
Of course I enjoy seeing the venues and all the creativity at the booths and tables. And of course I usually find some fun items to purchase. But more and more, I've been observing how these artists market themselves and their art with the patrons at the event.
It's always challenging for artists to find just the right shows to exhibit at. Factors include: recommendations from peers; proximity and travel/exhibit expenses; seasonal/holiday tie-ins.
If you're considering exhibiting at shows or conventions, there are many benefits to exploring the show in person as an attendee first. Websites for the organizers give lots of tips on the amenities and types of vendors. When it come to exhibiting... first timers often partner up with a friend or colleague.
Shows are expensive to exhibit at... beyond the exhibitor fees for the table or booth space.. there is time, labor and material costs to get your art to the venue and to display it in a way to make it stand out in the crowd.
Be respectful of your own time and resources. If you're an indie artist doing all the booth work yourself... don't work for free. You can't afford to!!
Art isn't anonymous... or free. More on this ... here on the blog in 2016 :)