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No, this in not a blog about gardening in any way, but a journal of my journey to become a professional landscape painting artist. For years, I’ve given my paintings as wedding gifts without thinking of profiting in some way from it. I worked for 18 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC as a computer programmer. I have been a painter since 1990, coincidentally, when I started working at the Met. I watched Bob Ross do his thing on Channel 13 in New York and decided I could do this, too. I have no formal training. I incorporate Bob's wet-on-wet technique for sky and water. My subject matter is covered bridges, lighthouses, fishing village scenes, barns, etc. Maine, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Nova Scotia and Spain are some of the places I have painted. My style is detailed and sometimes people think a photo of the painting is an actual photo of the scene. I hope to continue and grow in this medium. I also like to cook & dance. I am also a committed Christian. I am taking commissions - painting your landscapes style photos or your vacation home. Prices on request. contact me - Jackmck@juno.com my website is www.artofjackmckenzie.com

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I've been chosen to be part of an Etsy/West Elm store art show Dec 1st in Paramus

This is a really big deal and shows my art work is getting noticed. Etsy is a online art store for all kinds of items, including my paintings. West Elm is an artsy kind of furnishings store and they are collaborating for a series of Holiday art shows in the West Elm stores. I am including the emails sent to me so you can get the full idea of whats going on. There is a link to a Picasa album of a similar event in Toronto.
As I say with long posts, get a cup of tea and a piece of cake and have a great read!

I've got some exciting news about an upcoming national holiday event from Etsy's Marketing team. We've been working closely with West Elm (www.westelm.com) on a few projects, one of which being a one-day holiday event showcasing local Etsy sellers in each one of their 37 stores. Along with several Etsy artists selling their wares in each store, a local Etsy Team will be leading a holiday craft which benefits a local charity.

Your shop was hand selected by Etsy and Paramus's West Elm as a great fit for the collaboration if you are interested. We'd like to introduce more folks in Paramus to Etsy, and your shop is a great example that showcases the talent, and local to boot!

The event would be very similar to a craft show or gallery opening set up, completely hosted, and catered by West Elm. The location you're invited to participate in is the West Elm Paramus store at 380 Route 17 NParamus, NJ 07652. It would be free (no fees) for you to attend, set up, and sell your wares during the event under your own Etsy shop name. You would be responsible for all transactions and all of the sales would go to you. It's a great promotional opportunity we hope you'll consider.

The date for the event is Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6-9 p.m. If you are interested and think you can make it, please let me know as soon as you can or before Monday, Oct. 31. We'll be sending the list of vendors (who responded with interest) back to your local West Elm store so they can get in touch directly (within a week) with additional info and answer any questions you may have.

Please take a look at these photos from the Etsy pop-up event at West Elm's Toronto location, to get a feel for the event (*note: this was not a holiday event, but set-up will be similar):

Thanks for your consideration and please let me know if you're interested in participating! When responding to this email, please include your shop name.



More info from west elm:

Event Details
* Date: Thursday, Dec. 1
* Time: 6-9 p.m.

* Location: Your local West Elm store (see address above)

Store Set Up
You will be assigned a designated area within the store to sell your product during the event. We would prefer to have you use the items that are available in the store rather than have you bring in outside furniture, but we understand that some items may be necessary for display purposes (glass case, jewelry holders, easels, etc.). When you arrive to the store for the event, you’ll have an opportunity to borrow any of west elm’s visual props and merchandise for display (frames, baskets, trays, etc.)

Event Load In
We need vendors to arrive one to two hours prior to the event start time of 6 p.m. and be prepared for the event to last longer than the anticipated stop time of 9 p.m. All breakdown and clean up of your station must take place once the party is officially over and all product must be removed from the store immediately following the event.

Selling Merchandise
Each vendor is responsible for all transactions made during the event. west elm will not be handling any aspect of the sale of your goods during the event. In the past events, some sellers have brought gadgets to process credit cards, such as the Square, in addition to accepting cash. Please note this is not required, and whatever methods of payment you accept is up to you.

We also recommend bringing a friend to help throughout the event, in case it gets busy!

We will provide a framed sign of your Etsy shop URL (shopname.etsy.com) to display with your goods. Each vendor is responsible for additional signage about your Etsy shop and product that will be on display during the event. Please note that since this feature is a result of our partnership with Etsy, we require that you promote your Etsy shop, and not a personal website. Thanks for understanding!

Both west elm and Etsy will be promoting this event to their communities. We encourage you to also promote your participation in this event and will send you the invitation to share with your friends.

On behalf of west elm and Etsy, we are so excited to have you be a part of the Handmade Holiday Workshop and Mini-Market on December 1st at your local west elm store! Thank you in advance for participating in what we hope will be a fun and festive event for the local community.

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