As you all know, something remarkable happened recently at the Santa Monica Art Studios (SMAS) in Los Angeles. The LA Times, The Huffington Post, NBC, all manner of local California news outlets, national media, newspapers, TV crews and radio shows from the US as well as international press from the likes of Canada, Germany, China, Norway, Portugal, the UK and more all showed up to document the largest gathering of mobile artistry to date: 240 artists from more than 30 countries around the world. Nearly 2,000 visitors came to see the inaugural LA Mobile Arts Festival of International Artists (The LA MAFia) during its 8-day run and 68 works of art were sold in that short time. Even the NASDAQ reported on the action, quoting iPhoneArt.com and our sponsors with regard to the extraordinary show. So what caused all the excitement?
In short, the unexpected. So many people walked into the show, then came over to ask, "So where's the work that was done on the iPhone?" Little did they know they were already surrounded by it. This is testament to the remarkable quality of work produced by all of you, and Nate and I would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all of you for making the event such a success. The LA-MAF was a big step forward in showing the world what is possible in the mobile arts, and more opportunities will be coming along as a result of everyone's support, talent and efforts, so please stay tuned.
To help us put together a comprehensive post-event press package, we'd like to ask all of you with images of the show to please send them on to us - with your permission to allow us to use them for post-event press coverage and opportunities.
To send your images and help us continue to spread the word, please use the following link:
Simply zip your LA-MAF images into one file, then click the link. Enter your own name and email address, then attach the zipped file and click send. We ask this of all of you with documentation of the event so we can put together a package that will help us secure additional opportunities for all of you down the road, so please send what you have.
For those of you with prints in the show, we are now in the process of packaging and shipping back all unsold works. You will all be receiving mail from us this week with details, just please keep in mind we have over 550 works to return, so we expect the process to take 6-8 weeks. Work is being shipped back in random order, based on its location in our storage warehouse. As we get each artists's package together, you will be contacted with further details and instructions, so keep an eye out and thank you for your patience with this process.
Meanwhile we will be assembling a full press section for the LA-MAF site where all of you will be able to review the articles, videos and coverage of the event. But for now, here are a few quotes and links. Be sure to take a look at the articles, as many of you have work featured by the various outlets.
The LA Times: Photography
“The LA Mobile Arts Festival is a must-see.” -Robert Lachman
NBC - San Diego
“It’s a pity that the home of the iPhone couldn’t have hosted such an amazing arts festival, but perhaps now that Santa Monica has shown what can be done — maybe that will change. Are you listening, Cupertino?” -Barbara E. Hernandez
“Photography on the iPhone is exploding, with even the pros getting in on the act. The gallery to line up at: iPhoneArt.com.”
The Huffington Post
“Forget Instagram! There are much more profound ways of sharing your iPhone snapshots.” -Eliza Fisher
NASDAQ - News and Commentary
“Our participation with the LA Mobile Arts Festival and iPhoneArt.com enables us to directly connect to an entirely new segment of consumer looking to print high-quality art, illustrations and digital photographs from iPhones and iPads. We couldn’t be more pleased to take part in this unique event.” -Mark D. Tullio, vice president of worldwide marketing, Lantronix.
“Move Over Instagrammers: Mobile Arts Festival hits Santa Monica this weekend.” -Chelsee Lowe
The Daily Mail - UK
“Dial into iPhoneography: The stunning images taken with an iPhone (and a little help from some very clever apps)” -Eliza Fisher
“LA Mobile Arts Festival Showcases iPhone, iPad art, with not even one shot of a Yelped dinner.” -Swati Pandey
“Los Angeles’ first Mobile Arts Festival shows off photography and art created on iOS devices” -Mike Schramm
“LA Mobile Arts Festival showcases some of the most impressive examples of iPhone photography around.” -Leslie Katz
“The existence of the event shows iPhones and iPads are indeed tools for creative expression.” -Jonny Evans
The LA Times: Business
posted 9 months
“iPhone art festival coming to L.A. may be biggest of its kind.” -Salvador Rodriguez