The Sometimes Slow Boat To Employment Alternatives

The blog this week was written by Deborah Warfield, a Community Broker at The Arcadia Institute. When I first met Greg during the early stages of our brokering process I found out that he was an artist but had not yet really begun to seriously promote himself. Over time he discovered that he wanted to focus his energies towards expanding his market. I'm excited to report that after a few years of identifying his larger community circle of team supports, honing his skills and gaining self-confidence, Greg will be conducting his first workshop on Saturday, April 25th at the Family Center for the Arts where Rebecca Achenbach is the owner located at 6136 S. Westnedge Avenue in Portage, Mi 49024 269-321-838. View the flier here: art class flyer

Greg has a gallery of his art works on display at that same location from April 13th through to May 13th. Community members are free to pop in and browse through his art and purchase from his collection of over 24 pieces to choose from. Greg specializes in oil pastels.

His workshop is open to any adult for the cost of $25 for the two hour instruction and immersion class. Supplies will be included. This will be the first time that Greg has actually conducted a public workshop. Rebecca Achenbach who is the owner of Family Center 4 The Arts helps to promote every artist as a way to offer opportunities for expanding their markets. There are several different forms of art classes and events that are also offered during the course of the weeks, seasons and the year for all ages and persons.

Rewinding back a bit......Greg was invited to participate in Kalamazoo Art Hop in October of last year. He had his artwork on display at the Water Street Cafe downtown Kalamazoo for the night. He was very successful and sold 23 of his 27 paintings that night.

Greg also took private lessons from artist Bette Carlson for a season two summers ago. She and Greg designed some apron patterns as Greg apparently has an awesome eye for color combinations and designs that also go very well with fabrics. Greg went on to complete a class at the Kalamazoo Institute for the Arts in the fall of this past year.

Greg also has visions of eventually expanding into fabric designs and perhaps calendars and stationery. Greg is in the process of constructing his website for more exposure but for now all of his prints are sold as originals.

Every event opens another door for yet another larger event. Greg has an artist bio, samples and business cards and has been sketching out a business plan so as to learn more about the nuts and bolts associated with developing a more sustainable business as an emerging artist. Greg has also dabbled in clothing and gun designs.

The sky is the limit as Greg continues to be approached by various doctors offices, dentist offices, schools and other businesses who seek to commission him for furnishing their places with his artworks.

Each event yields another level of learning how to become more efficient. This may be a slow boat to an employment alternative but it matches both Greg's vision and abilities.