I first heard about Artomatic from a friend on Facebook. I was later encouraged by a few other artists to apply to the show, which I was told was the biggest art show in Washington DC. This opportunity came at the perfect time because I had just finished a series of paintings of my two friends Alison and Marjorie, who are identical twins. The three paintings, which were painted in a realist style, portrayed these two young women nude with their arm or legs intwined, emphasizing their sensuality. Though I considered this series to be an artistic breakthrough, I had no venue to show these paintings. Participating in Artomatic, not only gave me the opportunity to show my work, it also allowed me to meet other interesting artists as well. One of these artists introduced me to the owner of MOCA DC Gallery in Georgetown. Since then I have exhibited my work in six shows at that gallery. Participating in Artomatic was an amazing experience! I would gladly encourage all artists in the Washington DC area to become part of this wonderful event!
My name is Tiik Pollet and I've participated in the Artomatic Event 5 or 6 times. I love the enrichment of this wonderful venue. Where else can I find such an inspiring and transformative experience - being invited to share my paintings, photography, drawings and music all under the same roof, and with hundreds of other artists? This Artomatic community has become an important part of my life, heart, creative process and networking. I have benefited spiritually, creatively and financially. And my financially I mean I have sold one or two pieces...though I hope to sell more eventually. My guest book notes are great feedback, support and critique plus marvelous networking. My work shifts are handled well by all staffers, including once when I got really sick on my shift. Conflict with other artists have been handled well. EX: One artist put up a display cage in the middle aisle between my panel and the ones across from me...effectively blocking the view of both our works. The staff helped resolve this to everyone's pleasure by moving their display up to the windows. Ya had to be there...but if you were there last yr then you know the layout. When I set up my space everyone is very friendly about sharing paint or tools and ladders if they have them to lend for a few hours, etc. The fee to exhibit is reasonable and I appreciate that it has not increased because that would make a difference to me since as yet I've only sold 2 pieces and seem to be learning HOW to use the space to make a buck...mostly I am rewarded in other ways.
AOM really pushed me to become a professional artist. I recently decided to be a professional painter and then AOM arrived. So I did a website, postcards, artist portfolios, artist statement, bio...I sold paintings and gained a full mailing list. I got a lot of encouragement. I also appreciate that it was so affordable. I would definitely recommend it to any artist. Look how many people came to see it. Even as a simple visitor AOM has been an amazing experience. We should be proud to have this one of a kind festival in the DC area.
I've been painting in the DC area now for over 10 years, but it wasn't until I got involved with ARTOMATIC a few years ago that I really started to feel like part of the greater art community. ARTOMATIC really brings together so many artists and art organizations- I had no idea there were so many out there! And one of my favorite things about being involved with ARTOMATIC is the volunteer shifts. The show is electric and alive all the time!... a 4-hour shift feels like 20 minutes! My story begins my very first volunteer shift of ARTOMATIC. I was in the elevator no less when I begin chatting with another artist who had arrived to complete one of his volunteer shifts. After a night of working together, we became great friends. And a few short months later we collabarated on a children's book together- I did the artwork and he took all the pictures. I couldn't be prouder of what we accomplished. It just goes to show you the power in numbers!... and the magic of ARTOMATIC!
I am a Brazilian artist, I live in Potomac for 20 years. I participate on teh first ARTOMATIC. It was a great experience! I met a lot of good artists there that I am friend until now. I would like to participate on the next one.I think is the best and big event in DC.
Dear Artomatic, I enjoyed showing with your organization. The people I met were realy nice to me. One guy visiting my space told me I'm straight but I so get, understand you, and agree with you. The greatest thing I got from was the reaction from people of the Leather community. The pride they showed in me. The owner of the bar told me Andrew I hear so much about your show if there were two of me I'd go there. Thankyou again it was wonderfull. Andrew Campbell
This is my first year participating even though I have been following Artomatic since its inception; I finally pulled myself together and signed up and it was such a thrill especially that it was unjuried, uncurated and only asked for $99. The rest was up to me and the mistakes and horrors were all of my own making but such a wonderful learning experience. It has opened up my pursuit in showing art in more demanding venues. I plan to do it again--this time with a little more experience under my belt and a clearer idea of my work, it will go smoother. Artomatic is a wonderful place to start and I can't wait for the next show.
Artomatic is an amazing opportunity for artists to get their work seen, and a great venue for those who love art or are new to viewing it. The volunteers who run Artomatic put their heart and soul into making it a well-organized and publicized event. Artomatic also offers music, poetry, and other performances as well as children's workshops.
Incredible opportunity to expose my art to a large, anonymous audience. Creating and selecting the work to display, prepping the site with paint, lights, handouts, and labels was more work than I ever imagined. Artomatic offers emerging and established artists as much or as little of a community as a person could want. It would be really awesome if there was more art creation occurring on-site, but to see 1000+ local artists on display is visual feast.
Artomatic is the only venue that has allowed me to experiment with things that I would have never done in a conventional space. Artomatic is an opportunity to push the limits, go off the mainstream and show some real art. I've participated in several Artomatics and look forward to taking part of it once again, Thank george Koch, you make it happen for DC artists! Carolina