Triangle ArtWorks invites artists of all disciplines to connect at SMASH! 2020 on Jan. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. SMASH! is a networking event for the arts industry in the Triangle, allowing artists to express to others what they can offer and what they want.
"This is a night that you might meet somebody that has similar interests and spark a conversation and hopefully possible future collaborations with,” said Bill Gregory, a Triangle ArtWorks board member.
Tiffany Price Coley is a jewelry designer who has participated in SMASH! for the past couple of years. She said when she first started selling work she struggled with the entrepreneurial side of the art. SMASH! gave Coley the opportunity to make connections with experts on subjects involved in running a business.
“It's important because it gives you an opportunity to share ideas and share challenges and resources with other artists,” Coley said. “Oftentimes, many artists work in a space where they don't get a chance to work directly with other artists or creative professionals."
Gregory, who was an art instructor for 18 years, said he was never taught the legal, accounting or business aspects of art when he was in school. He became involved in Triangle ArtWorks to help his students find information about opening, running and being a part of the business that results from their art.