casting the shadow, and proselytizing for local business

Linette talked with the printer this morning and it looks as though the Shop Ypsi for the Holidays brochure will be done on Friday afternoon. (Download a PDF of the final version here.) As I plan to be out at the Brewery at 8:00 that evening, getting everything set up for Saturday’s Shadow Art Fair, I’ll bring some with me. If you would like a stack for your store, or to give to friends, neighbors, and co-workers, just stop by and pick some up. We’re having about 5,000 printed, so there should be plenty. Also, if you’re a storeowner, and I haven’t mentioned it to you already, please feel free to drop coupons and such off either Friday evening or Saturday morning for the Shadow Art Fair literature table. I’ve heard from several local business owners that doing so has led to increased business in the past.

While we’re on the subject of the Shadow Art Fair, I also wanted to mention that I will be on the show Pandora’s Lunch Box on WCBN (88.3 FM Ann Arbor) this Thursday at 6:30 PM, along with the rest of the folks in the Michigan Design Militia. If our last few visits to the show are any indication, it should make for interesting listening.

Oh, and I’ve been meaning to mention something for the last few days, but I keep forgetting. Friends of the Shadow, Logan and Ryan, brewed up special batch of very dark, very strong beer to commemorate the occasion of the fourth Shadow Art Fair. I’m not sure what it’ll be called, but there should be signs for it. From what I hear, it’s incredibly awesome. And, best of all, if you buy a glass, $1 will go toward the Shadow Fund, a SAF spinout entity that will be doling out cash grants to kick start ambitious art-related projects in SE Michigan. The beer has yet to be named. I’m lobbying for Volcano Of Hate, but I don’t think anyone’s taking my suggestion seriously… The beer is to be unveiled at 6:00 PM. (The nickels collected from everyone at the door will also be channeled into this micro-grant initiative.)

If you’d like to help, tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers about the Shadow Art Fair (to be held this Saturday, from noon to midnight, at the Corner Brewery). And, if it helps, we even have flyers that you can print out and take door to door, or leave on the desks of your co-workers while they’re at lunch.

OK, I’m going to work on my severed unicorn head paintings now.

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12 Comments

  1. anonymous
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    A warning to all of you who may be considering going to the Shadow Art Fair. I contract VD at the last one. An offer of a new copy of the magazine Stupor in exchange for sex might sound tempting, but don’t give in. Long after the laughter has faded, there’s still itching and oozing to contend with.

  2. amused1
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I guess ya gits whatcha pays fer.

  3. Bonnie
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    You left the brochure mock-up at the CoPAC meeting tonight- Megan’s got it, I think, if you need it back.

  4. mark
    Posted November 27, 2007 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    “I’d get an STD for Stupor.” Great slogan. I’ll pass it along to Steve.

    And thanks for letting me know about the mock-up, Bonnie. I appreciate it. It’s OK though. We should have the real ones in a few days… And I didn’t realize that you were in the meeting. I would have said hello. I’ve actually been meaning to drop you a note and thank you for the files you sent over. I still haven’t had a chance to go through them, but I can tell they’re good.

    And, just so everyone else knows, I did go to CoPAC tonight and talk about the Shop Ypsi for the Holidays campaign. Everyone was very receptive, and they agreed to send announcements out through all of the neighborhood associations in Ypsi. Pretty cool.

  5. stella
    Posted November 28, 2007 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Sounds like a song in the making to me:

    I picked up VD
    in Ypsilanti
    shopping in the shadows
    for love

  6. amused1
    Posted November 28, 2007 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    In among the shadows there
    I traded for a love so fair
    Passions fire lit Yspi
    But left me dripping with VD

  7. jill
    Posted November 28, 2007 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I left some Shadow Art Fair posters around the Law School at U of M.

    I can’t get the “shop local” brochures to print properly. Can I pick some up somewhere?

  8. Bonnie
    Posted November 28, 2007 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    No worries, Mark, I’m kind of a ninja. I was sitting directly to your left. :)

    I’ll probably swing by the Brewery Friday evening and pick up a few of the brochures- our NA meeting is next week, and I can probably distribute a few there. I’ll take a look at the flyer for SAF and see if I can’t get a few of those posted today, too.

  9. mark
    Posted November 28, 2007 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for postering… And for not killing me last night, when you had a chance.

  10. Ol' E Cross
    Posted November 29, 2007 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of local business, would anyone feel more comfortable with a coffee chain in downtown if it was one of these?

  11. amused1
    Posted November 29, 2007 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I can almost taste the Mother Mary Mocha and the Saintly Soy Latte.

    I am soooo going to hell.

  12. mark
    Posted November 29, 2007 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if there are franchise opportunities. I’d love to put one on Michigan Avenue.

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