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Art & Cocktails: Exploring the World of Contemporary Art, Creativity, Business, and Inspiration


Join host Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, as she uncorks the vibrant and multifaceted world of contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, mindset, and creativity one episode at a time. Welcome to "Art & Cocktails," a podcast where artists, creatives, dreamers, and artpreneurs gather to share their journeys and their art over their favorite drinks.

Building on the success of the "Create!" podcast, Ekaterina steers the artistic conversation towards more intimate, heart-to-heart discussions that fuel the spirit and inspire the artist's soul. Tune in for insightful, honest discussions with leading artists, curators, writers, coaches, leaders, and artpreneurs who not only share their journeys in the creative world but also enjoy a "fireside chat" over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. This podcast offers a rich blend of inspiration, art business insights, and the simple joy of sipping your favorite beverage while discussing what lights your heart on fire.

Pour your favorite drink into a beautiful cup, get comfy, and settle down for a session of "Art & Cocktails" each week. Let's celebrate the artist in all of us with a toast to creativity and the limitless possibilities it brings to our lives.

Oct 7, 2022

Join Kat and Allan Weinberger and learn about his new project, "A Very Serious Gallery," now open in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. 

We discuss how artists can land brand deals, charge more and attract collectors and dealers. 

Allan also shares strategies to make buying and selling art easier for both artists and collectors. 

For the past 10 years, Allan Weinberger has worked as an operations specialist at Google but has been living a double life as an art manager. Since 2017, via his legacy company Bergart, he has specialized in managing large-scale art installations and the creation of an emerging art retail platform.

His strategy has always been to meet the collectors where they are, which, at times, was quite literally on the street. "We've planned shows in some of the coolest, most creative venues - empty condos, covid shuttered office spaces, and the sidewalk of a pizza shop. These installations were fun, entertaining, and equitable pop-ups, but also demonstrated a need to focus on building equity with artists and to help our community of patrons collect art in a meaningful way."- says Weinberger.

In an effort to do exactly that, Weinberger left his role at Google to open "A Very Serious Gallery" in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, a recently remodeled, 3-room gallery space, as a permanent location and will be home to many exhibitions, releases, and events to come.