Sunday, August 28, 2016

Final Friday - Adam's Arts

This past Friday, we hosted our first Final Friday at the shop. Final Fridays in Wichita are a chance for local artists to work with local stores, galleries and event spaces to show off their work. Down Douglas Avenue and throughout downtown, people are able to pop in at different locations to purchase works of art on the last Friday of each month. A talented and unique artist, Adam Friesen, reached out to me months ago after the shop's feature in the local newspaper. His artwork is digitally created on the computer from scratch and he wanted to work together to show it off. When I first met with Adam, I was captured by his story. He has so much passion for what he creates and it was a joy to hear him talk through his pieces. Here is a brief clip from his website:

My name is Adam Friesen. I attended Maize High School and was a student at Maize Trans-Net from 2007 to 2010.   I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when I was very young.  While it made some things kind of hard and frustrating, I found that I really enjoyed working on a computer.  I never planned on becoming a digital artist - I initially wanted to make 3D games.  When I decided to create images for some of my games, it fueled a passion to create pictures.   I started making more of them and that’s how I ended up with more than 500 pictures starting from early simplistic works to more realistic, high-quality pieces.

We got Adam all setup and he was ready for the Final Friday! He had greeting cards, prints and framed prints for sale. I worked on setting up the food and beverages while he figured out how he wanted everything displayed. Once the party began, Adam greeted all the guests with excitement and made some good sales. He definitely has developed some salesman skills over the years and customers later told me how fun it was to hear about his passion for his work. Overall, I thought the night was a success and I was happy to hear that Adam had a good time in the shop!

Hummus from College Hill Deli - great for entertaining because they filled one of my bowls.
An art night calls for my favorite marble paint party supplies! Available in the shop.
We will soon be offering some of Adam's greeting cards at the shop, so make sure to check back in soon! You can also check out some of his artwork on his website:

Thank you to everyone that stopped by on Friday night! It was so fun to see you and Adam and I appreciated your business and support. We would love to see you again! Also, a special thanks to Adam's parents who helped get everything setup and even made delicious brownies for the event.

Are you interested in being featured in the shop for Final Friday? Reach out! I would love to hear from you.

Lots of Love,

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