Hi! My name is Andrea Bogart and I welcome you to my business community for Artists, Embrace Creatives!
I developed this unique network as a way to introduce qualified artists with commercial buyers, expanding their sales potential but I don’t stop there.
I’m dedicated to empowering artists and building a safe space to do business because I truly understand your spirit and your struggle.
A life long artist myself, I worked incredibly hard to define my style, strengthen my inner value and make money from my craft. Life in New York took me into a professional fashion career where I learned the business side of being a creative with companies like Perry Ellis and Isaac Mizrahi.
Years later, with my business toolkit in hand I entered the wholesale market, showing my art in trade shows and trunk shows alongside my peers. Easily building healthy relationships with buyers at these shows, I noticed something surprising. Over and over again my peers would whisper to me their frustration, fears, and lack of confidence with business strategies.
Of COURSE they didn’t know how to price, sell, display or market their work, they were never taught how! Leading with my heart, I took the time to explain what I knew, guiding them to business clarity and confidence.
The care and concern I felt for these other artists grew so strong that one day I set aside my studio tools and made the decision to do something bigger than myself.
Coaching artists, I built a better bridge between art and business.
Being online is absolutely necessary because you reach more people but being offline you make stronger connections so I present networking events, pop up exhibits and business workshops for EC Artists. We’re growing our empowerment movement in a grass roots way, bringing on Chapter Directors that want to strengthen their own creative communities.
Embrace Creatives not only connects you with commercial buyers but helps you succeed with those important relationships.
Before I end, I’d like to share my gratitude for and introduce you to our EC Champions, the volunteers who use their super powers to move EC forward. Reach out to them for mentoring or just to say “hello”.
David Bogart: Insurance agent that specializes in protecting commercial businesses and the #1 supporter of his wife, Andrea.
Thomas Grubba: Commercial and Fine Art Photographer & co-producer of our Portfolio Review.
Kiruba Sekaran: Fine artist and SEO & SEM guide.
Kelly O’Neill: Sculptor and marketing & advertising master.
Steve Czapiewski: Illustrator, Print Production, Creative Director.
Heather Meyer: Chapter Director for Calhoun County, MI and The Artsy Marketer / Branding & Marketing for Artists.
Fernando De Rosaro: Art Director, Educator, Fine Artist and our first, West Coast Champion!
Sue Schneider: Multi-media artist and web designer.
Nancy Unger: Multi-media artist and marketing guru with an imagination that won’t quit!