On July 9th, we held our 2nd networking night with Kristin DeAngelis, owner of 107 Bowers Gallery and ArtSpace, as our guest speaker. The event was held at Taphaus on 2nd Street, which overlooks the Hudson River. Kristin spoke outside with the Hudson River in our view and we definitely learned a lot while soaking up the gorgeous view.
Kristin has over 25 years of art, sales, and marketing experience culminating with being owner, director and curator at 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace. Growing up in rural Connecticut, Kristin spent most of her time with a crayon, pencil, or brush in her hand. She always wanted to do something with the arts. In September 2016, having nearly 5 years of experience of curating art shows and teaching children the basics of art in the Metro New York area, she opened 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace. 107 Bowers Gallery & ArtSpace mission is to be an ArtSpace embracing the creative journey, encouraging participation in the arts through advocacy, education and outreach.
She really wanted us to connect on why we came to the event - who we are and what we, as the participants, want to get out of coming to the networking night. She then dove into teaching us about napkin pitches (also known as elevator pitches). Her napkin pitch is "Artists are the musicians and I am their roadie." She went through the basics of what we can do to make sure we find the perfect 9 second pitch. She gave out an amazing handout that included two Dale Carnegie workbooks and I plan on reading and rereading them so I can be sure I absorb it all.
We asked 2 participants to share what they thought of the event.
Crystal Davis, owner of Crystal Letters: GJC Networking Night was stimulating and inspiring as it invited people/business owners from all walks of life. Paired with a gorgeous sunset and insightful presentation from guest speaker, Kristin DeAngelis of 107 Bowers Gallery & Artspace, on the Art of The Napkin Pitch, I couldn't have asked for more. I'm excited for the next event!
"There is power in numbers and there is power in unity." -- Martin Luther King Jr.
Danielle Famble: I look forward to networking night because it’s a great opportunity to meet my neighbors in Jersey City. I’m not a business owner, but I’ve met so many businesses that I would love to support. It’s nice to hear people talk about their passions in a sincere, non-salesy way.
We hope you will join us for our next networking nights.
Check our events calendar for the future dates.
Photos provided by Victoria Engblom