I have a long history with ORANJE. Back in 2011 when I quit the real world to become a full time painter, ORANJE was the first juried show I applied to and got in. I did so on the recommendation of my artist friend, Jason Rowland. We used to showed together back in 2009 & 2010 in Warsaw, Indiana. I did ORANJE in 2011 and fell in love with the show. There were a few reasons I liked it, I sold well & met a ton of people, which is always good, but there was something else. ORANJE fills this void in our city where creators from all kind of industries, fashion, music, visual arts, dance come together to create a one night experience that is like no other. By 2013 I was the shows volunteer Art Director, working directly with co-founder, Ryan Hickey. I helped Ryan manage the shows visual art talent that year and in 2014. When 2014 ended, no one expected the show to disappear, but ultimately Ryan made the decision to table the show in 2015.
A couple years went by and in January 2018 I got an unexpected call from Ryan wanting to meet. I knew that could probably only mean one thing, he was going to attempt to bring back the show. But during that conversation I learned Ryan was not just going to bring it back, but he was in talks with the managers for a long time, bucket list venue for ORANJE, the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant on Mass Ave. I immediately told Ryan I was help in whatever capacity he needed and become ORANJE’s Art Director once again.