Special events at the Weston Art Gallery--such as holiday parties, benefits, season previews and film screenings--all require some clever correspondence. Below are examples of printed cards and e-mail blasts that I designed to convey the gallery's message and capture the recipient's attention.
Children's Animation Screening
Once a year, the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati organizes a special animation workshop for local kids. Children make their own claymation and cartoon movies. A few months later, the completed films "premiere" at a free public event, complete with popcorn and a big screen. For this design, I created one concept and applied it to a variety of formats: printed card, event program cover, facebook announcement and e-blast. The 5.5 x 8.5" two-sided card is below, followed by the e-mail blast layout.
Fall Preview Party Invitation 
To create this image I collected and scanned tree leaves, then manipulated the colors in Photoshop. The Fall Preview Party celebrates the end of summer, the close of the gallery's annual season, and the start of fall, when a fresh new year of exhibitions is unveiled. The bright colors are a nod to summer and the leaves represent autumn. Printed card cover and interior shown below followed by the event e-mail blast. Card format: 8.5 x 11" sheet, folded once to 8.5 x 5.5".  

Above: Card cover and interior
Below: E-mail blast
Holiday Party Invitation 
To create this holiday party invitation cover image I photographed my neighbor's festive light display. Exterior and interior shown below. Format: 8.5 x 11" sheet folded once to 8.5 x 5.5".

Exhibitionism 2012 Thank You Card
Exhibitionism was an annual benefit for the Weston Art Gallery. The outrageous event featured an underground dance party, runway show, culinary competition, music, models in underwear, and many unforgettable moments. All of the items listed on this thank you card were part of the bizarre evening. Card exterior and interior shown below. Format: 8.5 x 11" sheet folded once to 8.5 x 5.5".

Exhibitionism 2011 Thank You Card 
This 5.5 x 4.25" card was printed on Wausau Paper's astrobright plasma pink stock and was mailed with a matching envelope. This shocking fluorescent pink message reflected the overall design of the event and could not be missed in recipients’ mailboxes. Exterior and interior of card are shown below.
Wag It 2010 Thank You Card 
Before the Weston Art Gallery benefit was called Exhibitionism, it was known as "Wag It." In this thank you card, photographs from the event are featured to remind attendees of the magical night. 
Card exterior and interior shown below, format 8.5 x 11" sheet folded once to 8.5 x 5".