This Summer I had the opportunity to participate in Splendor, a RAW Artist showcase. I hate to admit it, but I had never heard of RAW before they reached out to me but I'm now a proud member of the RAW community. They are an independent, international arts organization, "for artists, by artists".  Their mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. 

Each showcase features locals artists in a variety of genres including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hair and makeup artists, etc. Needless to say, these showcases are not your typical art event.. they are multifaceted events that have something to offer everybody.  That being said, it's no surprise that over 700 guests attended Splendor! 

I will be participating in a future showcase outside Chicago, I just have to decide which city I want to haul all of my artwork to (I'm open to suggestions!). I will be sure to update my Events page as soon as I figure it out. 

If you are an artist interested in joining the RAW community and participating in a showcase in your area, visit their website and apply. Artists and art enthusiasts alike can check out the shows in your area by visiting the RAW events page. 

Here are a few photos from Splendor on on-board the Odyssey cruise ship at Navy Pier in Chicago.