Except for the few artists who have reached the level of success that enables requires help from assistants to keep up with the demand for their work, we artists are a lonely bunch. Solitude is good for creativity, but only up to a point. Community, education, critique, support, and inspiration are good for our work and our psyches.
You can’t control what people do with the marketing material you hand out, but you can control how you respond when someone does something shocking with your images. Before you assume anything, ask questions and get the facts. Only when you’re armed with answers can you respond appropriately. You’re aiming for a win/win situation.
October 25 has been declared International Artist Day by a group of artists who thought wisely that artists needed their own special day. Not coincidentally, it’s also Picasso’s birthday. Is it on your calendar? How will you celebrate?
Post the charities you support on your website and have a letter ready for when you are asked to donate your art. Artist Alicia Leeke shares her standard letter in this post.
The final three elements you need for a thriving artist salon are Location, Regularity, and Conversation. Check out this post for details and guidelines for all three (and a link to the first three).
Any artist can start a group, but how can you ensure it will thrive? How can you make it worth the members’ time? There are 6 elements for a thriving artist salon. I give you the first three in this post: Organizer, Vision, and Members.
Feeling a little lonely in your studio? Discouraged by lack of support from “close” friends and loved ones? Need a dose of motivation or the challenge of fresh ideas?
Organize an artist salon!
A salon is a social gathering of artists and intellectuals hosted at regular intervals by a patron in his or her home. Such convivial settings for the art of conversation emerged in Paris at the beginning of the seventeenth century.—Robert Atkins in ArtSpoke
Members of the Miami, FL ArtBizConnection.com marketing salon meet for the first time.
No word other than “salon” better describes these meetings of highly creative people brimming with ideas. My study of art history led me to learn about the numerous communities that have nurtured artists and expanded what art can be. Some were more formal communities, while others were informal salons.
There comes a time when your passion for a cause is so deep that you would regret not using your talents to help out. Listen to the podcast to get ideas on how to contribute your talents to raise money for the cause closest to your heart.
Art has found its way into the Tour de France. Depending on your definition of art, it may have always been there (Fans’ costumes! Crop sculptures! Handmade signs and banners!). But now Lance Armstrong, in his first Tour in four years, has teamed up with Nike to enlist the talents of 30 of the world’s foremost contemporary artists for an exhibit entitled STAGES, which opened in Paris last week.
As far as I can tell, the exhibit consists of a few Trek bikes that were decorated by the artists. (Yes, this recalls visions of Cow Parade and its infinite clones–artists working with the surface of an existing form.) Other works were created specifically for the show.
After its Paris debut, STAGES travels to New York, Los Angeles, and Portland. The artists’ works will be sold with proceeds benefiting Armstrong’s foundation
Interested in having a sponsor for your art opening or event? Listen to learn about specific steps to take when presenting sponsorship opportunities to people and businesses that want to be in front of your audience.
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