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Tell Us About... Art Bus Coffee How does the coffee fit in? I’ve had a passion for good coffee since I first tasted the differ- Finding unique home décor and art can be difficult, especially if you’re looking for orig- inal pieces that reflect your own personal style. And, it goes without saying, that view- ing art online or in a retail setting certainly isn’t optimal, as you can’t see what the piece will look like in the very room you intend to put it in. This was the problem artist Steve Patchin, owner of Patchin Pictures, intended to conquer. A successful photographer for more than 30 years, he’s devised a unique approach to viewing and selling innovative works of art, all while enjoying a delicious cup of Joe. Get ready for Art Bus Coffee, an art and coffee experience that’s served up in an eclectic, English double decker bus that rolls directly to your door. Steve tells us about his idea, what he hopes to accomplish and how you can experience the Art Bus Coffee phenomenon. ence between the canned, over-warmed, stale-smelling brown How did you come up with the idea of a mobile art and coffee experience? Where can people visit the bus around town? Do you have events? For years, I had wanted to find a way to bring art directly to people so they didn't have to go out to an art gallery or to a store on The Strip. I thought about a van, then a bus, but it didn't gel until I saw an English double decker bus in a picture. That's when I got the idea of putting coffee downstairs and art upstairs. Beyond just the pure enjoyment of the English bus experience, it’s an opportunity for people to purchase unique and affordable art pieces that they won't see anywhere else. Because we're mobile, we go to them with the pictures and take them into the spaces where our customers plan to display the art. This way, we can see which pieces work best in any location or the direction we want to go, so we can come back with more works that fit the decor or have the desired impact. liquid my parents drank, to a properly roasted, ground and brewed cup of elegance I first discovered in a fine restaurant many years ago. The satisfaction from tasting a good cup of cof- fee is very much like the satisfaction from seeing a good work of art. They both feel right. We spent months researching and choosing the right coffee, espresso, tea and flavors. The drinks are usually the first impression people get of the bus, and it's all part of the experience. While enjoying an outstanding coffee or espresso, patrons may relax among the art. Because we're both a coffee bus and an art gallery, we have the special pleasure of being part of food truck events as well as art events. We post scheduled public events and routes on our website Still, the best way to experi- ence Art Bus Coffee is to invite us to your home or office. Depending on the situation and potential customers, you may either buy out the bus for a certain number of coffee drinks, have us sell the coffee directly, or, in the case of private art events, or working with interior designers, we may serve the What kind of art is displayed on the bus? All the art on the bus are pictures I’ve created and printed myself. Some are traditional photographs, while others are very complicated composites of my photography that involve the digital painting techniques I’ve been refining for years. You could say I spe- cialize in variety: landscapes, cityscapes, nature, abstract, rural/industrial, macro, hyper-sharp, hazy and soft, realistic, impressionistic/expressionistic; it all depends on what is interesting to me at the time. The pictures are a variety of media including metal, framed photo prints, and wrapped canvas, which may be hung as-is or framed. coffee to clients for free. Who would be the perfect candidate to hire the Art Coffee Bus? Anyone can enjoy the bus, and I encourage you to visit us at one of our events. Examples of our customers include: interior design- ers who want to help their clients find the right artwork to match their style; individuals decorating their own homes or offices that are looking for particular pictures to complement their environ- ments; hobbyists with a passion for artwork that include cars, 32 country scenes or thematic work; or working people who need a break by having some coffee and culture at their workplace. It's the perfect scenario. People are very excited when they see the bus, and even more excited when they get to come on board. We have a lot to offer with this one of a kind experience. To book Art Bus Coffee, call 702-349-3354 or visit