September 2017: West Elm, Take Two

My first Pop Up go-round at West Elm was such a pleasure that I jumped at the opportunity to get back there for round two. Seriously, everyone on that team has been so lovely to work with. And it goes without saying that the space itself never ceases to impress and inspire. It provides the perfect fit and backdrop to my evocative abstracts! (I miss you, Bill and Shevaun! Nice to meet you, Macy.) 

So I capped off September there with a whole new batch of tabletop originals: more #watercolorandink, more color, more hidden words, symbols, and special gems hidden, too. I brought some of my unframed originals and custom-framed pieces, too. Just like last time, friends and family and clients stopped by to say hi and grab a piece or two. The whole afternoon, noon to 4 pm, turned into a fun salon-type atmosphere, almost like a bubbling open house. It was sublime!

Special appearance by my parents who (very unusually) were unable to join for July’s first Pop Up. And shout out to sweet T who has now followed me from The Paseo to West Elm and purchased pieces of mine at three different shows. Where would I (or any artist) be without our supporters, buyers and clients?! I will never stop being grateful for the feedback and love from so many. 

Big thanks again to all for making my second Pop Up so memorable! Like always, I am already looking forward to the next…

Flyer for West Elm Pop Up Take 2 (from @50mmcaroline)

Prep time

Getting ready for the big day.

All set up.

#carolinecohenour at West Elm OKC

Ready for action.

Thank you to @westelmokc for the love on their IG feed always!

July 2017: First West Elm Pop Up Shop

I had the fantastic opportunity to host my very first West Elm Pop Up shop this summer. On July 30, I was given a dining room table near the sunny store entrance of West Elm OKC and arranged it with my own unique collection of #watercolorandink, bringing a little slice of The Paseo to Classen Curve. From table top frames to small canvases, plus hand-painted notecards and large wall pieces leaning against nearby bookshelves, the uber-chic store provided the perfect backdrop for my colorful abstracts. Plus the nearby living room set up provided the perfect locale for my friends and family who stopped by to sit and chat while buyers perused the goodies! 

It was a wonderful turn out and an incredibly meaningful day spent with loved ones and new collectors sharing my work. I really applaud West Elm for being a company that commits to reaching out to local artists and makers in the cities where they bring their design and goods. I can’t WAIT for the next one.

The set up at West Elm.

Original works on paper.

Watercolor and ink on canvas.

Sitting down with clients, friends and family, talking art.

The boys, making great use of West Elm’s incredible, convertible furniture while their mamas catch up and shop.

Spreading the word.

April 2017: First Art Auction

vintage crinkle pants + red velvet wedges

The Gang’s All Here, my entry to ARTini 2017

This April, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in this year’s ARTini Art Auction benefiting Allied Arts, who does so much to grow this city’s art scene. It was so exciting! My framed #watercolorandink original, The Gang’s All Here, hung along side some of my favorite artists in town (Marilyn Artus, what?!). My piece was a full watercolor sheet, a little larger than 2 feet by 3 feet framed.

The fact that it sold was the icing on the cake to an amazing night out with family and friends complete with gifted acrobats dangling from the ceiling to match the circus theme at the Farmers Market in downtown OKC. Even better, I had the chance to talk with the sweet buyer who was picking up my piece for her first home with her hubby. Stories like that make my day (week! month!), knowing my work will be part of someone’s lifetime together. I can’t wait to participate again next year!

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