It seems normal that I rarely get the opportunity to walk around the events where I exhibit. Michael Whelan is a mere 10 ft. away, yet there might as well be a moat between us. I eventually manage to slip away from the Flesk booth and study a few of Michael’s originals up close; but only for a minute. A voice calls out to me from the Flesk booth and I run back over to home base to see what’s going on. I start to walk away again, get a few feet and see someone I know and have a nice chat. An hour later I realize I was trying to walk around and didn’t get too far. So then I think that maybe if I get out of eyesight of the booth I’ll be free. I dash off and make a left, right, left, left–I look behind me to make sure the booth is out of sight– I’m lost among the booths. Then I feel the vibration of my phone ringing. It’s the Flesk booth, gotta run back…
Despite the invisible chain of my booth, and my responsibilities, I do enjoy working the booth, seeing familiar faces and meeting people who have never heard of us before.
On Sunday afternoon, I snuck away and marveled at the paintings, walked around and observed the intrinsic nature of three dimensional objects and enjoyed meeting the creators behind the art. And that the people who made these works were there–that was the best part and what makes a show like Spectrum Fantastic Art Live so special.
There’s a big difference between an artist running his and her own booth, and a dealer selling art. The artists want to share, the dealer wants to sell. It’s a different vibe. Now, I know the artists want to sell art too, but I think it is safe to say that artists create works to share with the hope that as many people in the world as possible see their art. Here’s a question for artists. Would you rather have a few million people see and admire your art, or sell a piece for $5000.00? I’m curious.
And another thing I like about shows like SFAL is that when you are buying a piece the money goes straight to the artist. That is very rewarding to me. Given the option, I try and buy direct from artists before dealers.
This year Gregory Manchess and David Palumbo came with a batch of small oils. I loved them! These little paintings are easy to travel back home with, simple to find a spot to hang in a small apartment and are at an affordable price. Thanks for thinking of the little guy, guys. Now if I could have just gotten to Greg’s booth a little faster–say before his “helmets” all sold out–then I’d be a happier publisher.
I probably saw at least half of the show, if not a little more. This year we were busier than the last, and with my crew split between the Spectrum show and Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, I was shorthanded. But, we made it work and had fun.
I managed to squeeze off a few pictures at our booth and around the show. Fortunately, my friend Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr. took pictures throughout the event and is willing to share them here. Thanks, Jim! To learn more about Jim, his ImageS magazine and to see over 100 artist biographies online you can visit www.bpib.com.
I’ll start with my pictures. Captions fall under each picture.
Here’s a picture of Mark Schultz (on the right) and me. Mark created an original work for me to use as a banner on my Flesk Facebook page and for this 8 ft. banner for shows. Mark was one of the original artists to take a chance on me when I first started Flesk Publications (along with James Bama, Gary Gianni, Steve Rude and William Stout), which I am always grateful for.
Jean-Baptiste Monge, at his booth, with Paul Bonner who is the second individual from the left. It looks like there is a book that Jean-Baptiste had available that I missed. I’ll have to pick it up next time. Paul had a new sketchbook which you can pick up from Stuart Ng Books.
Justin Sweet was painting at his booth during the last few hours of the show on Sunday. Even after the show ended, as we were breaking down our booth and taking our boxes to the truck I could see Justin still working on the piece. He looked inspired and focused. I later imagined the Liberty crew pushing him out the door on a hand truck–still at work.
The Fenners’ arranged for the recognition of past Grand Master recipients along one wall of the show. Featured artists had a banner, with a quote, and an original painting on display. Here’s the display for my friend, Jim Bama, with an original Doc Savage painting. Jim, at 87, is still spry and doing great.
Brom was at our booth all day on Saturday. We had an advance copy of The Art of Brom on display. I could relate to the people who, with a smile, said they didn’t want to look at the preview so that they could still be surprised when the book arrived with them next month. A big thanks to Brom for coming out to the show for the day.
Now we get to the pictures taken by Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.
Here’s a pulled back view of the Flesk booth during set up. The large white peg board area was later filled with Gary Gianni original paintings. Gary, Terryl Whitlatch, Peter de Seve and Bill Carmam sat along this side.
The Baby Tattoo booth. Ragnar, Coop, Gris Grimly, Brian Kesinger, Marina Bychkova and Michael Hussar all took residence here. As did the Baby Tattoo mascot. I’m wishing Bob Self a speedy recovery and that he is doing well.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and to those who supported the show and artists!
text copyright © 2013 John Fleskes. Pictures copyright © 2013 John Fleskes, Flesk Publications and Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.