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Jul 02, 2015

The Winner is….First Social Media Giveaway at Maggie Bokor Jewelry

instagram soaring bird giveawayOne of the interesting aspects of running a business is today’s world is our constant connection to the world wide web and social media. I must admit that I spend a great deal more of my time trolling through images on Instagram or daily posts on Facebook than I probably should, the reality is that time on your phone aps has become an important part of marketing research and a very valuable resource. (I must confess that my hours of watching silly animal videos…well that is just for me.)

winner june 2015I ran my first ever Giveaway on Instragram and Facebook over the past few weeks. It’s a great way to get the word out about your work AND I get to giveaway a brand new piece that I will be showcasing this summer at the NY Now Summer Wholesale show, so it feels extra special to me. I was impressed with the number of people who decided to get involved and feel encouraged with the comments I have received about the direction I am moving with my work.

instragram winner pick by dakota june 2015Yesterday, Jackie and I chose the winner. Actually Dakota chose it by sticking his nose deep in the bowl and pulling out the winning name. We think he was trying to eat it, but we were able to retrieve the folded tasteless treat and gave him a bone as a reward. Good dog!

The way someone entered was to LIKE the image and start following me on Instagram, LIKE and SHARE the post and start following me on Facebook. OR you could send me a picture of yourself wearing a Maggie Bokor Jewelry piece with a description about your connection to the work.

I was so excited to receive this image and email from Susan Foster. Not only was it a wonderful testament of how she FEELS wearing my jewelry, but also her connection to the new Soaring Bird Jewelry I am making. In her own words:

susan wearing mbjHi Maggie. I would love to enter the drawing for the jewelry giveaway simply because I adore your jewelry. I currently own two of your pieces. Attached is a picture of me wearing my favorite necklace while I’m hiking the beautiful Red Mountain trail in Colorado Springs. I love that I can casually wear your jewelry on a hike or I can wear it to dress up an outfit for girls night out.  Best of luck to you and your new line which I’m excited about. I am an art teacher at Cheyenne Mountain Elementary and we are the Soaring Eagles!  Our mascot is an Eagle and the students “SOAR” in the hallways.  Take Care. Fondly, Susan Foster

How awesome is that! Congrats to Rachel @Freaky.Frye who won the new Soaring Bird necklace and a HUGE thank you to all who participated. I am looking forward to sharing more work with you all in this fun way!

 

 

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Jun 15, 2015

48 Hours in Bar Harbor-Maggie Bokor Jewelry Version-Part 2

linda's green eggsHello again! Thanks for stopping back in. I would love to share some more of my adventure in Bar Harbor/ Trunk Show weekend.I left off with my evening with the talented Linda and Ken Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass. In the morning, Linda treated us to her very own version of Green Eggs sans the ham. The photo doesn’t do justice to the bright raw swiss chard and egg dish, but I can tell you it was delectable! It was a pleasure to connect with such dear friends and it set me up for true success all day long.

cara at KOTAfter a wonderful morning of sharing and celebrating, I headed out to visit my talented jeweler friend Cara Romano who had just opened her new KÔT gallery right on Main Street in Ellsworth. What a beautiful store she has created with a fine group of artistans: many I am proud to call friends. We had a great time talking about the creation of KÔT. Cara is not only an inspired designer, but a patron of the arts with a passion to share the stories behind every piece she carries in her gallery. Looks like I will get an opportunity to join this curated group very soon, so stay tuned and make sure to drop by if you are in the area. Definitely worth a visit.

KOT interiorAfter a quick bite to eat at the Flexit Cafe right outside her door in the same sweet Main Street establishment, I was ready to explore Acadia! It was nearing 2:30pm when I entered the park, so I knew that I would make the best of my time to find a short climb and some great views to savor all the way home. The Perrins had given me some great trail ideas and so I headed right to the Sand Beach parking lot to find the trail head for the Beehive Trail. I remember Linda had asked if I was afraid of heights because the Beehive Trail was basically a sheer cliff wall of rock for about 500ft to the summit with some areas where only metal railings to aid your climb. Looking back it would have been better to wear my hiking boots instead of sneakers, but I was ready for the adventure and off I went!

beehive trail warningThe hike was memorable most of all for the foreboding warning signs on the trail head. Labeled as difficult with possibility of falling and possible death. To be honest, I didn’t think to much of it as I passed by families with small children in flip flops on my ascent, but I did have a few moments when my shoe slipped on the long bars and I was grateful I was smart enough not to look down in those moments. The summit was exceptional and I even took a video, but it is hard to hear with the strong winds. I learned that I was pretty out of shape even with my daily elliptical workouts at the gym and that I must get myself back to Acadia soon.

beehive trail bars

 

My descending path was rather uneventful and much easier on the backside of the ridge. I spotted a wonderful cairn built by the staff with some added stones from hikers through the years. I walked right from the rough path of ragged rocks to dip my toes in the Atlantic Ocean down at Sand Beach. A rare little breach of sand and sun along this rugged landscape that was filled with visitors for far and wide. The sand was coarse and completely beige with no algae or seaweed and only a few spare stones. I walked along the beach as I knew there was a heart stone calling me. As a sweet little heart shaped rock spilled out of the surf in front of me, I took a moment to thank the universe for the gift and knew my visit was complete.

acadia heart stoneHeading down to visit with a dear friend for the night and a Sunday brunch ahead of us with two more of our dear companions, I could write to you all about these adventures too, but I will save it for another day. I leave you with some spectacular images of Acadia and hope they inspire you to plan your own visit to this magical place. Peace, Maggie

sand beach panorama

beehive trail summit pano 1

beehive trail summit pano2

 

 

 

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Jun 13, 2015

48 Hours in Bar Harbor-Maggie Bokor Jewelry Version-Part 1

The Maine Magazine has an editorial section called “48 Hours in….” where they send out their staff to investigate, photograph and sample the flavor of Maine towns. I have enjoyed learning more about great spots that I have yet to discover. One place I have longed to spend more time in is Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. I have had the pleasure of showing my jewelry at the Maine Craft Guild MDI show for years now. Yet, each time I visit, I haven’t found a way to get some extra time off to explore until now!

spruce and gussy signThe owners of Spruce and Gussy, a fabulous Bar Harbor gallery now carrying my work, asked me to do a trunk show last week as part of the First Friday events. I had an absolute blast getting to know Michelle and Patti along with a whole slue of regular clients and vacationers stopping by. It was a delight to meet and assist them in picking out special pieces of jewelry for themselves and loved ones. There was even a little taste of Shakespeare in the store at the beginning of the evening to entice locals to check out the rich theater community in the area. Nice to be right in the middle of the magic.

spruce and gussy jewelry set up

spruce and gussy trunk show signTrunk shows are such a great opportunity to get to know your galleries and let them get to know you a little better. When you are starting your relationship at a wholesale show or through a sales call, your focus is on business to see if you will be a good fit. You might get little bits and pieces of their personality and what their vision might be. But until you get to step into their world and spend some time together, you can miss out on some great connections and the possibility of a deeper bond than just artist and buyer. Michelle and Patti are both jewelers themselves and they know what they love. They have a great ease with each other and their surroundings. They belong in Bar Harbor and they made me feel like I too belonged in this beautiful town.

linda and kenOne of the perks of doing an evening trunk show in Bar Harbor is the opportunity to visit with some of my favorite people. Linda and Ken Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass live only 20 minutes away in the sweet town of Ellsworth. After their surprise visit to Spruce and Gussy to say hi, I stayed overnight with the Perrins, sampling some yummy food, good wine and great conversation past midnight. As I mentioned in my last post about my great artist friends, these two are definitely key members of my tribe and I value their insight and openness on this journey of embracing a creative life.  One of the best parts of our conversation was learning more about the non-profit they have started called Artsworth. Housed in their wonderful glass studio just below their cool loft living space where we spent our time together, these two engaging art enthusiasts/entrepreneurs have created an art center to inspire the entire Ellsworth and Bar Harbor community and beyond.

I am grateful for your attention and time. Stay tuned for my next installment of my 48 hours Bar Harbor experience. Should be hot of the presses in a few days!

 

 

 

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May 31, 2015

The Incredible Gift of Artist Friends

hands and flowersEvery time I return from a show, I am full of joy from visiting with all of my fantastic artistic friends and making a few new ones along the way. Part of the fun of wholesale and retail shows is meeting your neighboring designers from all over the country. It’s a rich and vitally important part of my life. We are all artists working towards the same goal of sharing a part of our creative selves with the world. We support, comfort and urge each other to grow. We share our experiences around techniques, business practices and all of the trials and tribulations of being a self-employed maker.

I am lucky enough to share a studio with two amazing artisans, Mary Anne Cary and Tina Dinsmore. My awesome assistant Jackie Kitts makes my life so much easier and our new intern Danielle is a pleasure to have at the studio. Having that creative energy flowing from room to room is enough to keep me motivated to keep showing up. It’s hard to believe that SoPo Art Studios was founded in South Portland six years ago. We have seen each other through some really rough times, danced through our days, laughed, cried, struggled and celebrated all of the wonderful work that has been produced in our sweet little studio.

The depth of my artist friendships are hard to describe. There is an innate bond between us. A special tribe that you don’t need a special handshake to join, only an investment into sharing your soul’s expression.

 

 

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