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March 17, 2010

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March 17, 2010

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that it allowed me to exhibit my recent artwork as well as introduced me to a variety of local artists. I also found out about a gallery through one of the other artists. I have exhibited my paintings in six shows at that gallery since then.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage more collectors to buy art from there.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I love to see so many different types of art and artists, and everybody was very friendly and encouraging.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very nice, motivated people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have an even bigger building with even more artists.

Ways to make it better...

I had sold some of my paintings.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

selling the artwork.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Artomatic is Awesome! It's my favorite art show in Washington DC!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

5 or 6 different exhibitions of Artomatic here in the Washington DC area.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...make sure ALL the excess dust is out of the building before letting artists enter to set up...I got sick from it last yr.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the magical festivity and all the bennies that go with being visible to the public as an artist.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

big, little, brown, black, yellow, white, red, fat, skinny, happy, sad, talky, shy, curly, straight, queer, deaf, young, old, bright, shiney, dull, professional, non-professional, talented, iffy, grungy, spiffy, ADD, boring, effervescent, gay, trans, MTF,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...pay my college loans before they triple...grrr!!! Set up a fund to help women public school teachers over 50 pay off their college loans.

Ways to make it better...

...there were gold in them thar hills???

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...I don't really know..though I guess that it's the usual...keeping it going with fresh new talent when the old timers want to pass on the chores.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really love you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

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.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the number of visitors, the publicity, the diversity, the events

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so nice

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

avoid the volunteering, happen in other cities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

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!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

purchase it's own permanant building and have ARTOMATIC be 365 days a year! It would be THE central art scene in DC, hands down!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 12, 2010

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March 12, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

showing my works and know new artists

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

help other artists, know new artists

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Richard Dana, was a great helper for ARTOMATIC

Ways to make it better...

I would participate in the others ARTOMATIC

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1998

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

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

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It looks good on my resume

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I sence that I and my had forum.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have its own space and be open all year long.

Ways to make it better...

No real crittism to make. I'm a fan.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the past few years. Some years were better/worse than others, but that's the nature of the limited requirements for participation. The show becomes the art.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get rid of all the self-promoting commercial photographers but that's because I'm a snot and there's no way this organization should do this without messing themselves up so never mind.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing there is a community of artists in Washington, D.C. thank God!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

various and sundry like most volunteer organizations but the paid staff (if they were) or management had a grasp of dealing with the variety of people volunteering and everything got done.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get ruined. Money is great but...

Ways to make it better...

I signed up earlier. I was running the freight elevator, late shift, and it was fun, fun, fun and rough--ain't no spring chicken. If I signed up earlier I would have gotten a sweeter shift.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

space; getting space in a strategic location. I think that's always been the basic issue. I might also say that you can get too big but there's always a waiting list so I don't know what I'm talking about.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'll do it again but, I must say, I'll try and get my work on one of the food/booze/music floors--I was on the fourth floor and I thought it had the nicest presentation of art BUT I didn't advertise either.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting meaningful feedback on my work, networking with other artists, and finding representation with a DC gallery.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

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.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Eclectic and serious. High school kids prepping for Art School. Senior citizens with some serious talent. Full-time creatives. Bureaucrats by day, art escapists by night.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy a permanent home. Expand to a year-round, ongoing arts community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

Artomatic is always a fun experience! I love meeting new people and experiencing all the different art that's offered. I also ran into several artists I hadn't seen in a long time and it was fun to get caught up! One of the highlights of Artomatic is to receive a BRASH poem--my two daughters, who exhibited, and I each received one! That was very special! I believe the volunteer hours are too long but they can be fun and full of surprises! In volunteering at the lobby, I once met a "she" who returned an hour or so later as a "he". I also volunteered for taking down the show. After a very hot afternoon of unscrewing panels, taking them down, stacking them, and moving them, our team was exhausted and just waiting for the "OK" to go home. Our supervisor first had us sit and "rest" for a few minutes. When he returned he offered us the most delicious popsicles ever!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting other artists and selling my work!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

emphasize that volunteers need to cooperate with each other.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mostly nice, but somewhat disorganized;

Ways to make it better...

some of the volunteer leaders had been more flexible. Several of us mistakenly showed up 1 hr early to help. Rather than letting us in to the air-conditioned building, they were haughty and downright nasty in telling us we should have known better --

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting a better handle on how to manage volunteers and making the volunteer hours shorter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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