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Review for Artomatic, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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.

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... 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?


Role:  Volunteer & musician/artist/photographer/DCPS arts teacher.