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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.

Nov 7, 2023

In this episode of 'Art and Cocktails', host Ekaterina Popova engages with the vibrant artist and muralist, Gabriela Sepulveda, The Ivory Bunny. They discuss the role of playfulness in self-expression and the critical impact of community involvement on an artist's career. Gabby opens up about her strategies for adapting to different social environments, utilizing dress-ups, and quirky personas to create unforgettable interactions. She also emphasizes the power of embracing our authentic, even eccentric, selves. Through her own narrative, Gabby illustrates the transition from struggling to make ends meet to thriving in the mural community, exemplifying the importance of passion, perseverance, and the ability to own one's uniqueness.


Podcast Notes:

  • Strategies for becoming well-known within your art community.
  • The benefits of celebrating your unique qualities and 'weirdness'.
  • How attire can influence personal branding and leave a strong impression.
  • The significance of embracing various facets of your personality and locating supportive communities that encourage genuine self-expression.
  • Gabby's journey from striving to pay the bills with art to exceeding those aspirations and setting new objectives.
  • Practical advice for emerging artists to display their work, engage with local art scenes, and obtain funding.
  • The importance of establishing a robust artistic identity in-person and online, with a focus on impactful interactions over simply collecting followers.
  • Effective methods for self-introduction and forging valuable connections in the art industry.
  • Recognition of the art world's interconnectivity and the necessity of determination.


Tune in and be motivated to add flair and weirdness to your life and leave your unique imprint on the community!


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