Corporate Art Advice Art Blog
by corporate_art_advice , July 21, 2008—12:00 AM
I love when we have the opportunity to actually meet our members. Betsy and I were in New York City on business, combination of ArtId and art consulting, and arranged to have lunch with members Zander Lassen (http://www.artid.com/members/zanderlassen) and Carla Mele (http://www.artid.com/members/CarlaMele) . We met at a mutually convenient cafe on the street level of Grand Central Station.
By the time Bets and I arrived at the cafe, Zander had been waiting a while. To our surprise, we discovered that the restaurant staff had a bet on whether Zander was actually meeting someone for lunch since he had inadvertently arrived the day before! (We love it when our members are this exhuberant about meeting us.) I'm not sure which of the café staff won the bet, but they were all pleasantly surprised when he was finally enjoying lunch with three lovely women!
Conversation over lunch was very animated and revolved around Zander's and Carla's experiences in the art world and how they were utilizing and experimenting with various channels for growth. As we chatted, everyone at the table had a chance to glance through Zander's sketchbook which he brought with him. Flipping through an artist's sketchbook really gives you a sense of the beginnings of the creative process.
After the table was cleared, we then had the pleasure of Carla showing us a large body of very diverse work, as she had come to lunch completely prepared with portfolio in tow! Her stories regarding the creative origins of each piece were as enlightening as the work itself. I'm not sure if our table was more enthralled with this preview of art or if the patrons seated at surrounding tables were more captivated.
It was a most enjoyable afternoon and having made personal connections with two of our members was a delight! Don't be surprised if any of the staff at ArtId contacts you in their travels no matter where they may roam. We love not only reaching out and getting to know our membership on line, but we treasure meeting them in person!