**Update April 25th**
**Update April 13th**
Hello. Just wanted to add a new video to show you a sample of one type of video the new video based gallery will offer. Events Recaps! We are going to document all of our live paintings, parties, black tie events, charity functions. You name it, you will have access to it. Grand opening on May 10th will be live and we will also offer video recaps for all events. Thank you for your support We are moving toward our goal everyday! Less than a month to go, please forward to your friends and family. More updates to come Thank you!
Jennifer painting Live for FEAT's Autism Gala at the Lou Ruvo Brain Center in Las Vegas on March 31st 2012
**Update March 28th****
Hello, it's Jennifer! We thought it was about time for a new update and to fill you in on our Kickstarter progress.
Thanks to your generous support we are almost half way to our Kickstarter goal and looking forward to our grand opening on May 10th!
Take a second to check out our new video update filmed right outside the gallery on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles.
Hope you enjoy the video and please continue to share our project with your family and friends.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for believing in our project!!!
Until next time, Jennifer Main
Thanks for watching the video!
My Story in a nutshell:
My name is Jennifer Main and I have been passionate about making art since I could remember. It's simply what I was born to do!
I have been a full-time fine art painter for the past 14 years starting right out of highschool and it's been such an exciting journey. As a teenage girl I had a clear vision for what I wanted my future to look like as an artist and have been immensely blessed to see those dreams come to life one by one as I've persued my goals.
...BUT I DREAM BIG.... SO THERE'S STILL A LOT MORE TO COME AND THAT'S WHY I NEED YOUR HELP!
I was raised in Las Vegas, NV and have lived there all my life. About 8 months ago my husband Jason and I were in sunny California and I had the strongest desire come over me to live there and open a gallery. Specifically in downtown LA which we come to find has a big growing art scene. Perfect!
...So going off of faith and a gut feeling we made the plans to leave all we knew in Las Vegas and find the perfect space to open the dream gallery in Downtown LA! Woohoo! (my husband even left his career behind to work full-time with me)
Introduction to the Project:
So here we are in downtown LA! We found the perfect gallery space in a beautiful loft located on Main Street and 6th on gallery Row. Huge walls, tall ceilings, large storefront windows and 1600 sq. feet to play with!
We've been in the space a little over a month and have put a lot of time and money into getting the basics into place, but we want to make it much more than just the traditional gallery with art simply hanging on the walls; WE WANT TO CREATE AN INNOVATIVE GALLERY EXPERIENCE! We want to do the gallery business differently and bring it to you!
What we plan to do:
What we are building is a new way to encounter art and connect in an original way. We will use video and live feed to open our gallery and the creative process to the world. This way I can connect with you beyond the gallery walls!
Video based gallery
- Every painting of mine will be archived through video. I will explain my thoughts and process that goes into each work of art as you see it up close in detail and you will have access to all of these on-line.
- Live Video Channel: All gallery events will be available to you through live feed like watching your favorite TV show. This way you can join from wherever you are! On the live channel we will also have regularly scheduled broadcasts where you can watch me create a painting from start to finish and interact through live chat. How cool!
- Connect through Skype: This way we can talk to you face to face to work out the details of a custom painting or show you your favorite piece answering your questions live.
- Video Blog: Go on the journey with us as we broadcast from the road as we travel to shows throughout the country and Canada.
With our new Video Gallery all that will be possible!
Adding to the experience...
It's been a dream of mine to see my characters come to life and I mean in a big way! They will be 10 foot models (on stilts) walking through the gallery during events in full "Main" costume matching all the exagerration and whimsy in my paintings. I can't wait for that!!!
We have started the dream and secured the location but it's going to take a lot to get this going and we really need your help!
We would like to get all of this set and going for our GRAND OPENING MAY10TH SO YOU CAN EXPERIENCE IT WITH US IN PERSON OR THROUGH LIVE VIDEO STREAMING. See you there!
We need to pay for:
- video equipment
- HD cameras
- assistants (it's going to take a team to do it right)
- web design and upkeep
- door security during events
- printed promotional material
- general backing (rent, power)
- and yes we may even need to retire our painted art van that has 324k miles on it. (and no that's not a typo).
With these things we can truly launch this gallery in a big way, making the dream come true and we are fully devoted to doing the work that it takes to make it all happen!
What we offer
In return for your pledge I am offering my very first Los Angeles painting "Ingredients to a Dream" to you exclusively through Kickstarter. This image is only available for these 60 days. Never again will this painting be available in any form in the future.
About the painting:
This piece is inspired by my journey of living the dream. Over the years I've learned that there are many 'Ingredients to a Dream" which is the title of this painting.
"The gears of her heart begin to spin with dreams, ideas, passion, desire, faith, persistence, creativity, and hope. Up past her left shoulder begins the planning and the questioning of how to get there. She climbs ahead rung by rung getting closer, getting tired at times, sometimes doubting herself when things get hard but knowing she won't let anything stop her. She reminds herself of the original vision and presses on. Reaching the road, it looks steep and not as well traveled. She hears the voices of those who told her to stay put, to stay comfortable and secure. They didn't understand her ways. A lit sign says "Big Dreams this way" so she continues on. She reaches the point in the road where it's time to truly believe, to take action, to go all in and jump with nothing but faith to land on. Following her heart she holds on tight. It's the scariest most exciting jump of her life. It's when the ingredients have come together and the dream comes true."
I hope you like my newest painting and the inspiration behind it! Know that when someone sees you own this painting you have supported a dream! You can view close up images and a video of the painting at www.Jennifermain.com
I am so grateful for your support and interest in my project! We have provided many great levels of support. Check them out and please let us know if you have any questions. We'll send updates over the next 60 days with our progress!
Thank you so very much!!!
For More information please go to www.jennifermain.com
Hope to see you soon!
- (58 days)