The Faux Calendar
There is a great new site that I think is just a winner of an idea. It is called the Faux Calendar and it provides all the classes and events in the decorative painting industry in one easy-to-view online calendar. I say that it’s a great idea because I, personally, am looking for a class for the second half of the year and just want to make sure I make the best choice for the skills I need to evolve and what is available for the time frame I have. This will help make finding a class so much easier than going to each individual studio site. Love that I could possibly discover a new gem of a studio in the process. Win-Win.
The Faux Calendar lists all the classes by type (i.e., Plasters, Murals, Specialty Techniques) and also by region, in case you want to find workshops nearby. Special one-time calendars will also be created for big events, such as the IDAL Convention coming up in July. If a workshop strikes your fancy, you just click on it and a nice bubble of information pops up. Nice! The Faux Calendar does have a Facebook Fan Page — please be sure to visit and click “Like”. Professional studios with websites are able to submit their classes to be listed for free.
The site’s founder, Barbara L. Clark of Clark Hall Studios, has really thought this through. I asked her what jumpstarted this idea and she said, “After taking a several year hiatus from faux, I ended up going to PDPA and Faux Expo back to back. I was exhausted and it was a lot of time and money in a short period of time. Pascal Amblard was not at Faux Expo because he was teaching in California. It just seemed to me there had to be a better way. I am an experienced artist who just got tired of good events happening at the same time and thought this marketing calendar would be?an opportunity to grow all of our businesses, as well as our industry.” The Faux Calendar — great execution on an innovative idea. I believe Barbara will see much success!