One of my biggest goals this year was to open a studio, and to get my work in as many galleries and shows as I possibly could.

By spring, I realized I wasn’t quite ready to sign a lease, but what I was truly craving was the opportunity to share my work with as many people as possible. 


All the galleries I sought out did not show any interest in my work. And have I ever told you how intense the submissions process is? That’s a whole other conversation for a different time.

So, I started my own Pop-Up Gallery in the meantime, and after several submissions to different galleries and contests, I was accepted as a RAW ARTIST!!!

What is RAW? RAW is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists.

RAW showcases local talent in the areas of visual art, film, fashion design, performance art, hair and makeup artistry and photography. This year I will be featured in the RAW Motif along with other amazing talent. At every RAW showcase, there is a screening of an independent film, a pop-up gallery featuring several independent visual artists & photographers, fashion shows from up-and-coming local designers, live musical performances, vendor booths featuring local artisans and accessories designers, and live performance art. Mix that with a cocktail and some soulful, eclectic, energetic vibes? Sounds like an awesome night, right? 

It definitely will be, and I don’t want you to miss it. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door, and can be purchased here: at

But you know what else Im super stoked about? Giveaways! To share my gratitude, For every ticket purchased, I'm giving away one of my original works on paper. Don’t know what I’m talking about? See below: These babies are full of luscious color and will come straight to your home ready to be framed!! Just purchase your ticket, then email me your name/address to WOOHOO!!! 


Also, becoming a RAW artist entitles me to travel to any of the other 70 cities they’re in, so that I can show and sell my work in other cities, states, and countries! I’m SO thrilled!!!  

I'm so grateful to see my Artist journey continue to unfold. Thanks for your support, and please purchase your tix now!

VersAnnette BlackmanComment