We need your help supporting a young artist selling her dynamic photos at at a summer art festival, the Port Clinton Art Festival. It started as a means to teach Lulu about economics and the difficulty that artists face when trying to sell their work. But now our little “Kayla Keats Photography” initiative has morphed into so much more. What started out as taking some pictures at the Chicago Botanic Garden, developing them at Costco and then selling them at the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park on August 23rd and 24th has become a family affair. In May, Adam and Lulu decided that they wanted to spend an afternoon together. (I was all for some Daddy-Daughter bonding time.) So, they grabbed their cameras and took off. A few hours later, Lulu shot over 200 photos with her Nikon D70. It took a few weeks but Lulu edited her remarkable photos and dwindled the collection to 12 AMAZING shots. She decided that she wanted to sell her photos and, hopefully, make enough money to buy herself a new computer for school. (She starts 6th grade on Thursday, August 21st – just a few days short of Lulu’s 11th birthday.) So, with our encouragement, our young artist paid the entrance fee and became an official exhibitor at the Port Clinton Art Festival. As her biggest supporters (and pseudo-benefactors), Adam and I purchased matting and plastic bags. We helped her price her work so she could recoup our expenses and still make a profit. And lastly, Adam created a website where she can sell her photos (in addition to the Port Clinton Art Festival) to friends and family who aren’t able to make the event.
So, now we are asking for your support and help. Lulu is so excited to exhibit her work and hopes that her friends and local family will attend the fair and support her. But she is also at an age where she is skeptical that people will actually purchase her art. Sure, she figures, her parents and grandparents HAVE TO LIKE her photos—we’re related to her. But Lulu has confessed to me that she isn’t sure that others will feel as excited by her art. We disagree and hope that you will too. Won’t you please log onto www.kaylakeats.com and purchase at least 1 or 2 of her pictures? As an added incentive, we have created a promotion that will take 20% off the total cost of your purchase. Please use PORTCLINTON14 for a 20% coupon. Please help us support a young artist and her passion for seeing the world through the lens of her camera. Adam and I appreciate your help and hope that you love her pictures as much as we do!