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Get my Art to the Show! Karen Henderson is accepted to the 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Nov 8-12, 2012
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My Project is to Get My Artwork and Myself to the 36th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, November 8 - 12, 2012.

The PMA Craft Show is one of the most prestigious high-end shows for Contemporary Craft artisans. It's very competitive, with approximately 200 exhibitors in all, and only about ten spots of those in my category of Decorative Fiber.  I feel really, really fortunate to have been accepted again!

(one of my new art pieces)
(one of my new art pieces)

Some Background for You:

I exhibited as an emerging artist at the PMA show for four years in a row (2006 - 2009) until the economy and my personal finances caused me to decide to take a step back from these shows for a little while since they are so very expensive.

Since then, to market my art I've worked with Art Consultants and have been lucky to have had a couple private and corporate Commissions.  I've also been trying to get Gallery Representation, but while most gallery owners think my work is truly compelling, the economy of the past two/three years has caused some of these galleries to cut back (or even stop completely) on representing many new artists.

In order to get my artwork out again to a serious audience of people who appreciate fine, contemporary art, I need to get my artwork and myself to Philly!   ... and I need YOUR help and support to reach my goal. 

The photo below shows my honey, Jim, and I building my first ever Display Booth.  Basically, you have to design and build your space. Then you gotta pack it all up and truck it down along with all your art, the packing materials, your floor, the lighting, PLUS all the tools, ladders, props..

(we're building the booth!)
(we're building the booth!)

Then you have to re-assemble all of it, touch it up, hang the lights, get your work hung just right....

(setting up at the show!)
(setting up at the show!)

And don't forget something nice to wear!  WHEW -- the list goes on and on and on!  It's a ton of work, but lots of fun!  In the end, it's all worthwhile to have so many people see and appreciate my art at a show like this. It's truly an honor. 

Your generous support as a Backer will help me pay for these expenses:

$1200 - for the 10' x 10' booth fee (deadline for payment July, 1 !!!)

$600 - cost for rental van and estimated gasoline expenses (who knows what gas will cost in November?

$250 - for electricity and phone line in the booth during the show

$200 - for booth upgrades

$250 - for postcards and postage to promote the show

$500 - for just some of the art supplies / framing materials needed to get the new body of work ready to hang!

There are some really great Rewards listed, at many levels to choose from.  Please check them out!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.  Thank You for considering being a Backer for my Project!

Please Send This along to anyone you know who might be interested in seeing my work and supporting my project.

And to see more of my artwork, please visit my website: www.karenhendersonfiber.com

Thank You So Much!  Your Support is Greatly Appreciated!

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    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    Hand Made Thank You Card, Created by me Exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters - Suitable for Framing!

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    YOU'RE GREAT!

    Your very own Pack of Five - Hand Block-Printed Cards!

    Each card is Hand Printed by me Exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters, and has one of my original Veggie or Fruit designs on the front, and is signed on the back.
    (cards are blank on the inside so you can Personalize!)

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    GET LUCKY! Receive your very own Four Leaf Clover, found somewhere here in Vermont by me. The Lucky Clover is lovingly pressed and will be preserved Exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters in a stitched sheer fabric pocket . Take your Luck with you Wherever you go!

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    HANG IT HIGH!
    Your very own professionally printed Poster Style Wall Calendar!

    Printed Exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters, this Calendar will feature a print of one of my new Fiber Wall Pieces. Calendar will be a twelve month 2013 calendar.

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    YOU WEAR IT WELL!

    Receive your very own Hand Dyed and Block Printed T-shirt!

    My original Veggie and Fruit inspired designs, hand printed on comfy hand dyed T-shirts. Shirts are all cotton, and have been pre-washed and shrunk. These shirts will be printed by me Exclusively for my KickStarter supporters. Just let me know your size (S - 2XL are available), and whether you'd like the crew neck, or the serged neck. I'll surprise you with the design and color!

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    GET EXTRA LUCKY!

    You'll receive one Pack of Five - Hand Block-Printed Cards (see $15 Reward Level for details) PLUS a real-live pressed FIVE LEAF CLOVER!!!! According to legend, it is said that the Five Leaf Clover brings an extra dose of Luck, as well as Money! There's only 3 of these, as I don't often find the five leaf ones

    The Five Leaf Lucky Clover is lovingly pressed and will be preserved Exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters in a stitched sheer fabric pocket. Take your Extra Luck with you Wherever you go!

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    THE PACKAGE DEAL!

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    THE 'YOU ROCK'! ART LOVER:

    Receive your very own Original Fiber Art / Mixed Media Art Piece! Created Exclusively by me for my KickStarter supporters.

    The piece is stretched over a 4" x 4" frame, and ready to hang on your wall!

    Each one is different, and I'll be making only six of these. I'll surprise you with which one you receive!

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    THE 'WOW! YOU'RE WONDERFUL!' ART APPRECIATOR:

    Receive your very own Original Fiber Art / Mixed Media Art Piece! Created Exclusively by me for my KickStarter supporters.

    The piece is stretched over a 6" x 6" frame, and ready to hang on your wall!

    Each one is different, and I'll be making only six of these. I'll surprise you with which one you receive!

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    THE 'YOU'RE AMAZING!' ART COLLECTOR:

    Receive your very own Original Fiber Art Piece! valued at $600.

    These pieces have a hardwood maple frame that I've painted to work with the colors in the piece. They are wired and ready to hang on your wall!

    Please note only 2 are available at this level. To help you decide, I'll send you images and dimensions of the pieces to choose from. It will be first pledge gets first choice.

    As a Bonus, you'll also receive One Ticket to the attend the Craft Show!

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    THE 'YOU'RE THE BEST!' ART COLLECTOR:

    Receive your very own Original Fiber Art Piece! valued at $1300.

    These pieces have a hardwood maple frame that I've painted to work with the colors in the piece. They are wired and ready to hang on your wall!

    Please note only 2 are available at this level. To help you decide, I'll send you images and dimensions of the pieces to choose from. It will be first pledge gets first choice.

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    THE 'YOU'RE GENEROUS TO A FAULT!' ART COLLECTOR: Receive your very own Original Fiber Art Piece! valued at $2200. This piece is stretched with acid free materials over stretcher frames. It's wired and ready to hang on your wall! To help you decide, I'll send you an image of the piece, and dimensions. As a Bonus, you'll also receive Two Tickets to the attend the Craft Show!

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    THE 'YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN!' ART PATRON:

    Receive your very own Original Fiber Art Piece! valued at $4000.

    There are only 2 pieces available at this level. They are all wired and ready to hang on your wall!

    To help you decide, I'll send you images and dimensions of the pieces to choose from. It will be first pledge gets first choice.

    As an added Bonus, You'll Receive One Ticket to attend the Preview Party Event, held on November 7, 2012 (a $350 value). It's a wonderful evening, where you'll Meet the Artists, Enjoy the Most Delicious Catered Food Ever, Live Music, as well as witness the Awards Ceremony.

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