Category Archives: The Business of Art

RedBubble vs Zazzle vs CafePress

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It’s articles like this one,  A Brief Rundown of the Three Services, by NICK SPREITZER Software Engineer out of Austin, Texas, that give me hope.  It’s not an easy task, so I keep fishing for the right arena.

Like most artist, I’m always looking for another revenue stream. Whether it’s selling my art locally, at festivals, in stores or on line.  It can be a challenge, because of the inconsistencies of this business.

(I can’t remember when I didn’t have a full or part time job to support my full time art habit. O.k., part of it’s I’m a workaholic and I’ve become comfortable with the little things, like, a roof over my head, shoes on my feet and heat in the winter,…oh yes, and food.)

Getting back on track. Creative thinkers are always thinking. Another words, artist are a group of people who are always working. (Don’t know where this “artists are lazy” idea comes from in our past society, I’ve never known one of those.)

Squirrel!!

Basically, I’m on RedBubble as well. The article by Nick is worth a read.

 

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Upcoming Grant Deadlines and Opportunities (1/16/18)

by Theresa Hubbard, Associate Director, Program Operations at Fractured Atlas

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This a great organization that offers many insights to the business of art,

full article here 

Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation is accepting applications forProfessional Grants.

Description: The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place.

Photographers and visual journalists from any country may apply for this Grant. Proposals for projects that have already received grants or awards of more than $10,100 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. The Grant is made to an individual photographer; project proposals that involve multiple content producers will not be accepted — unless you also submit a motion piece with your still images. You must be the primary creator on motion pieces but may have produced the piece with a small support team.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: February 1, 2018


Groundwork is accepting applications for its interdisciplinary professional development retreat.

Description: A transdisciplinary, professional development retreat, GROUNDWORK offers a weekend-long venture for a curated group of cross-disciplinary minds. In celebration of process as product, six individuals workshop projects in their nascent phases, utilizing their housemates as active participants and broadening the scope of their research and development.

GROUNDWORK is seeking applicants for GWVI and GWVII:

  • GWVI will be in Claryville, NY, February 16–18, 2018. Prospective applicants should announce their interest to groundworkretreat@gmail.com as soon as possible.
  • GWVII will be in Maine (exact location TBD) April 6–8, 2018. Application instructions are listed on the website and due 2/20/18.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: ASAP (GWVI) and February 20, 2018


California Arts Council is accepting applications for its Statewide and Regional Networks program.

Description: The Statewide and Regional Networks (SRN) program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s (CAC) commitment to supporting arts service organizations reflective of California’s diverse populations. SRN provides general operating grants for arts service organizations’ networks with regional or statewide reach.

Geographic Focus: California

Deadline: February 7, 2018


The Harpo Foundation is accepting applications for Native American Residency Fellowship.

Description: This Fellowship program was established in 2011 to support the development of visual artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. Each year, the Foundation awards two residency fellowships to Native American visual artists at the Vermont Studio Center. Each Fellow receives a one-month residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend.

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. The Studio Center provides 4–12 week residencies on an historic 30 building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains.

Two fellowships are awarded annually to Native American Visual Artists who demonstrate:

  • Strong artistic ability
  • An evolving practice this is at a pivotal moment in its development
  • A practice that engages a dialogue between the artist’s indigenous world and the surrounding culture

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: February 15, 2018


Open Meadows foundation

Open Meadows Foundation is accepting applications forproject support.

Description: Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Open Meadows Foundation funds projects that do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and expression, age or ability. It offers grants up to $2000 to projects that:

  • Are designed and implemented by women and girls
  • Reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization
  • Promote building community power
  • Have limited financial access

Organizational budget should not exceed $75,000. Small and start-up organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Geographic Focus: National

Deadline: February 15, 2018


The Watermill Center is accepting applications for its International Summer Program.

Description: Since 1992, The Watermill Center has hosted the International Summer Program under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Robert Wilson. Each summer, approximately 60–100 artists from over 30 countries gather at Watermill’s Long Island, NY site. Participants spend five weeks in an intense collaborative creative environment. The Summer Program provides a unique opportunity to observe the methodologies of Robert Wilson and his collaborators; to work with established professionals in the international performing arts world; to forge relationships with artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplines; to develop networks of US and international professional contacts; and to investigate what it means to be a “global artist.”

Geographic Focus: National and International

Deadline: February 17, 2018


1888 Center

1888 Center is accepting applications for its California Writing Residency.

Description: 1888 + Yefe Nofare pleased to announce the California Writing Residency. California writers from the coast and valleys to the forests and deserts are invited to apply for three two-week residencies in the mountains of Lake Arrowhead where the creative environment will nurture your craft and help carry on the tradition of the California voice.

Geographic Focus: California

Deadline: February 28, 2018

The Nuts and Bolts of a Paint and Sip

Ever thought, that you’re about to be in over your head?  Yet,  you take the dive anyway?  That’s how I felt with my first paint and sip.  Leaning on good old Google to get me through.

There are tons and I do me tons of articles available.  I found that they can only suggest certain things, such as ” how to throw a canvas paint party ” or ” supplies need for paint and sip “.  Which help propel you in the right direction.

For your first paint and sip to be truly successful,…

continued: The Nuts and Bolts of a Paint and Sip

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My First Family Paint and Sip
Well we did it.  The Laceyville Business Association asked, if I wanted to host their first paint and sip?  Being a member and intrigued by the idea, I threw my hat into the ring.  Families love this kind of event and it’s positive exposure for the town. I’ll also get a taste of what it takes to organize such an event.
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First and foremost, The Laceyville Business Association’s* VP, Dawn, was a joy to work with.  She made sure I had want I need and the support for setup and clean up.  (*I really didn’t know what to expect. This was my first so, I thought there would be more hitches. Dawn and I tried to plan ahead as much as possible.  I felt very fortunate that it went over as well as it did)

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We had thirteen r.s.v.p. and fourteen showed.  I’d planned for the possibility of extras.  So that helped.

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We had a mixture of both genders, along with one or two parents present. (We worked it out, that it wasn’t a babysitting service and, children under the age of eight needed to be accompanied by an adult.)

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Besides it being a fun experience for me.  I also noticed, the bonding experience the child and parent were having.  In a world that has the need to move at the speed of light, time slowed for just a couple of hours. It was just parent and child slowing the holiday crunch.  I observed how, like having dinner at a cozy restaurant,  all that matter was the conversation between family.

 

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Would I do this again.  Yes.