Get it? High? High Museum? Sorry. Couldn't help myself. . . A year of planning, more than a few tears, and a tidal wave of supportive and encouraging emails, messages and hugs and here we are, pop-up number one a huge success and pop-up number two just a few days away. I am on cloud nine. Maybe even cloud ten.
The first official Crusade for Collecting pop-up event was hosted by Atlanta’s High Museum of Art the day after Thanksgiving, one of their busiest days of the year. Early that morning I loaded the Lady, removed the side mirrors (the final pass-through to drive onto the piazza is very narrow), and held my breath as I steered her onto the High’s Sifly Piazza, then had a gear-grinding victory lap.
Later that morning we came back to set up, and before we could get the first thing out of the bus, people were stopping to see what the Crusade was all about. The ten Atlanta photographers featured in the local photographer showcase came just before the event start to sign their prints and get the run-down. It was such a talented group, and the images were amazing.
Anyone who stopped could take a look at the images, meet the photographers, and choose their favorite to keep. We gave away nearly 100 images on Friday, and people were shocked and thrilled to be able to choose a piece of art to own. The photographers really engaged with people, and on several occasions conversations lasted so long, they moved away from the table and talked and talked. For me, that was everything. The exposure, the connection, the conversation.
We also had work from The Ten displayed, and there was one extra special encounter that I will save for its own blog post (the anticipation!). There was a video loop of the Ten photographers talking about their work, that you can watch here (extra special thanks to Sean Dana for making a lot of disparate parts come together in the coolest way), which gave some context for the images displayed. And then my kids took it upon themselves (their dad may have indicated there could be a commission involved) to hawk the Crusade merchandise to anyone on the grounds. Lila even learned a lesson in upselling.
It was an amazing day and the perfect way to launch this tour.
Our Atlanta sponsors came through in a big way – Binders with custom mats for the Ten work and some cash money to make things happen, PPRPix with the printing of the local photographer showcase images, andDigital Picture with all of the signage. Thank you again for the support – it means so much.
Local Photographer Showcasers and their websites – please do check out their other work: