It’s crunch time. This time it’s not so bad. I’ve done this before, no need to sweat it. But I love the anticipation, the excitement , the butterflies, and all the worry that comes with putting together another show.
If you haven’t heard me tell you already, because I’ve been shamelessly self promoting constantly, I’ve been asked to participate in another RAW show. I never got around to blogging about the first one, and that was a huge mistake. So I’m here to correct that a little. RAW puts on shows all over the world featuring local talent. I first came across them attending a show my amazing friend Kiirstin Marilyn was playing. She’s an amazing singer so of course they asked her to play for their show! She was even their artist of the year. I quickly realized that this show was more than just about music, there were photographers, painters, mixed media, film, fashion, and performing arts. No two shows are the same and they’re all great.
Fast forward a year later and I apply to become a RAW artist. I got the call quick and that made me over the moon, but they wanted me to put on a show with about a months prep. I wasn’t expecting to showcase that soon, but you can’t say no to a great opportunity like that. I buckled down, put everything in order, created my business, ordered my square credit card reader, self-published my first photo book, made prints (forgot that Adorama closed for Jewish holidays), remade ALL my prints a day before the show, bought frames, and all in all madness ensued. But the day of the show came and everything went smoothly. With the help of one of my best friends, Luis, he helped me setup and keep my nerves down.
The show was a riot, it was great. So great in fact that I don’t remember a lot of it. Maybe it was the adrenaline rush, maybe it was just the outpouring of support that I received from my family and my friends (who are my family too), everyone showed and I was busy shmoozing. I was busy for hours selling prints, and I sold out on my first book. I couldn’t be happier it was a wonderful experience.
Here I am ready to do it all over again. I was thinking of putting together another show from my recent cross country trip, and without fail providence had set out to make it happen. I received a phone call from RAW’s NY and Boston director asking if I would like to participate in another show, this one FREE! The last show had an admission price, which is only fair since RAW does such an incredible job putting on these show and they don’t ask for any commission from the artists. I alone had about 100 attendees to see me. So let’s make this one bigger and better, so that we all have an excuse to come to the city, check out some art, some music, and without admission maybe drink a little bit more!
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF. Want to win a free print of your choice? Yes, you do. Bring people to my show! The person who brings the most new faces to my show, gets a free framed print of their choice. You have the option of picking a 6×8, 8×12, or 12×18 matted and framed.
Here are the rules:
1. New person has to go to my facebook page and like it. https://www.facebook.com/DiegoPabonPhotography
2. They have to attend the facebook event for the show. Then write on the wall telling me your name, so I can keep track of how many people you’ve invited. Facebook Arts in Action event
3. They have to come say hi to me at the show. I’m friendly, and I’ll check them off the list.
4. You win! Or lose, because someone else brought more people. But that’s okay cause I’ll still love you.
Also, here’a link to my friend Kiirstin Marilyn. She’s great. Check her out. You also might recognize some of my photos!
Also, thank you to my friend Zahra Jabini for taking photos at the event.
Lastly, here’s a little sneak peak! I’ll probably be showing Old Car City and Abandoned Six Flags NOLA. Enjoy.