This was the second year, The Pancakes and Booze Art Show rolled into Houston. This event tours across the US bringing together emerging artists, local merchants, performers and DJ’s under one roof. And what better way than with pancakes AND booze!?
The concept itself, is enough to appeal to those who are looking to spend a night doing something cool, unique and offers a great hashtag on Instagram. Whatever Tom Kirlin seems to be doing with this show, is working. Last year, there was just under 1,000 attendees and took up one small room at Houston’s Warehouse Live. This year took up two rooms, and with over 5,200 people RSVP’ing. The queue to get in stretched the entire street, and max capacity was reached within the first hour.
All this, with good reason. Walking in, you are surrounded bottom to top with art, hand-crafted goods, and the sweet smell of pancakes. This year included pole dance performers, live bands and local DJ’s as well as the return of body painted models, and live art. The bar service was quick and the pancakes, well, not what you would expect from free. While the wait was long, the pancakes are hot, fresh and full of variety toppings!
Okay, back to the art…
What I love about this show is that it has something for everyone. You get exposed to all mediums, and have the opportunity to meet the artists that are walking around. Unlike some art shows, Pancake and Booze takes the pretentiousness and intimidation away and creates an engaging, and fun atmosphere.
For artists looking to participate
The show is very much open and makes participation very easy and affordable. Money is due the day of the event, and there are no restrictions on medium, size or number of pieces you want to show.
Here are some tips for those who are looking to participate:
1. Be sure to promote your work on the event page leading up to the event. Getting your name out there on a social media page that has so much reach is an easy way to get local exposure.
2. Work on creative title cards. You may not always be right beside your work throughout the night, so make sure you create eye-catching title cards that describe you and your art.
3. Post a call-to-action beside your work. As mentioned above, because you won’t always be close to your artwork, you want to make sure that those who are interested in purchasing, know how to. Include a call out like, “Catch me here tonight!” and include a contact number, email address, and social media links.
4. Indicate method of payment. With apps from PayPal and Square, anyone can accept credit cards. Those attending won’t assume that you will accept credit cards, and you could loose out on a sale because of it. Post up beside your work what you are accepting.
5. Get there early on the day. Set up is the afternoon of the event and is first come, first served. You have to act quickly to get a good spot.
6. Consider your art when choosing a spot. This year, I was featuring pieces that had dimension. I wanted to make sure the pieces were facing outwards in order to get the best visibility. Attendees are walking around fluidly so you want to ensure you are in an optimal spot.
7. Have fun! Drink, enjoy the pancakes and network! You are in an environment with people who share the same highs and lows of being an emerging artist and theres a lot of value in community.
A big thank you to Tom Kirlin for another great show that was bigger and better this year. Another MASSIVE thank you for those who came out to support me, and the other emerging artists. Looking forward to the next one!