Remember When We Used To Work For Ourselves?

When Kate and I moved to Wichita two years ago we were heading towards uncharted waters as I ventured into the world of corporate America…so long freedom!  Prior to that I ran my consulting, production, and design company called CreativeRHINO.  Kate worked with me but it was the unspoken truth that this was my project of love and did not tap into her passions, however she was a fan of working from home and the spontaneity of our schedule.  When our anchors dug into the Kansas prairie I told Kate, “CreativeRHINO is yours to run now so lets find some projects that perk your interest.”  Then, being the good husband that I am, I threw a bunch of jobs at her that were completely outside of what we had agreed would be good for her.  She wasn’t a fan.  So after the last corporate job wrapped up in 2011 we agreed we needed to brainstorm a new direction for 2012 and start creating projects instead of taking on projects.  What we created is *asterICT.

*asterICT embodies my favorite part of CreativeRHINO in a purely artistic way.  CreativeRHINO was started out of a desire to bring all the amazing people we had worked with in the past onto projects together.  “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could find a way to get so-and-so to work with so-and-so?”  So we did.  *asterICT is the artistic extension of that, its getting artists together who are creating unique projects and to have them collaborate here in Wichita.

Today we launched *asterICT and to help it get its feet off the ground we did a flash sale of some of Kate’s drawings from the series “Fruitful Gears” to help raise awareness and to arrange for travel for *asterICT’s debut performance.  The sale sold 10 of the 19 pieces in the first few hours!  So, if you like supporting local arts or want to learn more about *asterICT please read the blurb below from the CreativeRHINO site.

Its exciting to have a project like this to work on again in my “spare time.”  It is the pursuit of not neccessarily getting back to my old lifestyle…but combining my new work worlds together that has me excited for the future.  So long corporate America?  No…not yet.  In time yes, but right now I’m too happy doing both.

From CreativeRHINO.com:

Interactive new media company CreativeRHINO is excited to announce a new series of visiting artists entitled *asterICT

This series seeks to break down barriers between contemporary artists and their audience by inviting emerging artists from a broad range of disciplines to Wichita for performances, exhibitions, workshops, and casual conversation.  *asterICT brings contemporary arts to the community on an intimate level so that artists and audiences can engage with each other and thus mutually benefit from a shared artistic dialog.

CreativeRHINO is pleased to debut *asterICT with the first group of visiting artists: vocalist Jennifer Beattie and pianist Adam Marks.  Their performance will be April 6th in conjunction with a new exhibition by artist Kate Van Steenhuyse at the Naked City Gallery.  More details to come.

Ms. Beattie is hailed by Opera News for her “exuberant voice and personality.” She is a versatile mezzo-soprano and dynamic performer in styles ranging from opera to chamber music and musical theater to cabaret. This season she joins the Opera Company of Philadelphia as well as being a soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

Mr. Marks is praised by The New York Times as an “excellent pianist” with “titanic force.” In 2008, he made history as the first American laureate of the French Concours International de Piano d’Orleans for music composed since 1900. He currently serves as the Director of Artistic Programming for Fifth House Ensemble and actively pursues collaborative endeavors as an essential part of his career.

To support these visitors and encourage community engagement in contemporary art, CreativeRHINO is hosting a flash sale of drawings by Van Steenhuyse.  The drawings will be available  till Sunday, March 11th.  CreativeRHINO has agreed to absord 75% of the costs of these drawings and thus offer them to the public for the exclusive price of $75 per drawing.  In addition to the artwork, patrons of this sale will receive an invitation to the private preview party and performance.

Please click HERE to view the drawings for sale.

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