2009 Master Artists-in-Residence Program Seeking Applicants

October 6, 2008 by

Next deadline: October 17

Sculpture Studio at the Atlantic Center for the Arts

Sculpture Studio at the Atlantic Center for the Arts

Since 1982, Atlantic Center’s residency program has provided artists from all artistic disciplines with spaces to live, work, and collaborate during three-week residencies. Located just four miles from the east coast beaches of central Florida, the pine and palmetto wooded environment contains award-winning studios that include a resource library, painting studio, sculpture studio, music studio, dance studio, black box theater, writers’ studio, and digital computer lab.

Each residency session includes three master artists of different disciplines. The master artists each personally select a group of associates – talented, emerging and mid career artists – through an application process administered by ACA. During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently on their own projects. The relaxed atmosphere and unstructured program provide considerable time for artistic regeneration and creation.

Atlantic Center for the Arts provides housing (private room/bath with work desk), weekday meals (provided by ACA chef) and 24 hour access to shared studio space. Financial Aid is available to qualified applicants.

For more information on how to apply, please telephone (386) 427-6975 or (800) 393-6975 (domestic US only) or visit www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org or email us at program@atlanticcenterforthearts.org.

* All applications must be postmarked by the application deadline date.
* Atlantic Center for the Arts is pleased to announce, through the generous support of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, all painters and sculptors accepted into the 2009 Master Artists-in-Residence programs who demonstrate need will be recommended to receive full financial aid to attend the residency program. Artists from other disciplines may apply to ACA’s Financial Aid program.


How Do the Candidates Feel About the Arts?

October 5, 2008 by

What can you do about support for the Arts in this election year? Please read the letter below I received from the bi-partisan Americans for the Arts.

October 3, 2008

Dear Constance:

Americans for the Arts Action Fund is pleased to present you with its just released summary of the Arts Positions of the 2008 Presidential Candidates. (Also see side-by-side comparison table below.) Sorry, it is not below because my tech skills are not up to reproducing it here…but you’ll find the info at the links.

As you may know, Americans for the Arts Action Fund launched its ArtsVote2008 initiative in May 2007 in order to educate presidential candidates on issues impacting the arts and arts education with the goal of securing—for the first time ever—formal position statements from the top candidates.

To date, we have shared with you Senator Barack Obama’s comprehensive arts policy proposal that he began issuing in February 2008. Unfortunately, the McCain campaign has not been as forthcoming, despite numerous formal requests from the Arts Action Fund and Senator McCain’s own supporters over the last year. However, we are pleased to report that Senator McCain has now issued a short statement that he released in an article for today’s Salt Lake City Tribune.

With this information in hand, we ask you—the arts advocate—to take action by doing the following things:

1. Share this side-by-side comparison of the presidential candidates with your friends, family, and colleagues.

2. Blog about this issue on any sites that you are affiliated with.

3. Post the comparison chart on your social network sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, and others.

4. Send a Letter to the Editor of your local newspapers and journals. We’ve made it easy for you by drafting a customizable letter at our E-Advocacy Center that you can personalize. You will then automatically be given the choice to e-mail your letter to all the key media outlets in your area based on your zip code.

5. Ask questions about policies on the arts and arts education to both your Congressional and presidential candidates in any kind of town hall forums, online chats, or any other public forums.

6. Vote for the candidates that you feel will best advance the arts and arts education in America.

With only 32 days left to Election Day, now is the time to act and show your support for the arts!

Visit this link to view the Arts Positions of the 2008 Presidential Candidates

ArtsVote2008, a program of the Arts Action Fund, was created to secure bold, new policy proposals in support of the arts and arts education in America from candidates in the 2008 presidential campaign.

For more info visit www.artsvote.org, or call 202-371-2830

Sorry, I Can’t Resist — Call for Entries ‘NudeNite’ in Florida

October 5, 2008 by

Nude Nite Art Event Unveils New Website and Seeks Artists for Multi-Media Show

Call to artists – “Not Your Mother’s Art Show.”

Well, I’d say that would depend on who your mother is.

Nude Nite, the largest nude art show in the U.S. seeks art from all media for its upcoming annual show. Submission form now available on newly designed website www.nudeniteorlando.com

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 30, 2008 — Orlando’s most anticipated art event returns with another warehouse sized venue to host hundreds of cutting edge, sexy works from national and international artists.

Nude Nite breaks from the traditional stuffy art show format by teaming a sexy art theme with multi-media entertainment. Nude Nite is a 3-nite, multi-media traveling art event celebrating the beauty of the nude to include performance, film/video installations, experimental, metal, glassworks, sculpture, photography and mixed media in addition to fine art.

Nude Nite is a juried art show. Submission cost is $40 for up to 2 works. All submissions receive a free ticket to the show. Submission form is available online at the new launch of www.nudeniteorlando.com. Deadline is January 15, 2009 for Orlando and February 4, 2009 for the Tampa event. Show dates are: Orlando show is February 12-14, 2009; Tampa show is March 5-7, 2009.

Read more at: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2008/09/prweb1397864.htm

Art Fair Artist Mary Jackson Becomes MacArthur “Genius”

October 2, 2008 by

Mary Jackson Preserves Tradition

Readers of this newsletter already know that the artists they meet at art fairs are extremely talented people who push the boundaries of their medium and continue to draw you to art fairs to examine their creativity.

It is with great pleasure to learn that one of our own, fiber artist Mary Jackson, has been chosen by the MacArthur Foundation to receive a $500,000 ‘no strings attached’ grant for her “intricately coiled vessels that preserve the centuries-old craft of sweetgrass basketry and push the tradition in stunning new directions.”

Others named as MacArthur Fellows include a violinist, an anthropologist, a music critic, a stage lighting designer and several types of physicians and scientists.

This is a link to an excellent story about Mary Jackson and her art in Crafts Report.

Learn more about the MacArthur Foundation at their website: http://www.macfound.org

Congratulations, Mary! Sure hope we’ll still see you at some art fairs.

Do You Like To Do Something Creative Every Day? Jobs for Artists

October 2, 2008 by

Do you like to do something creative every day?

Paper Source is the premiere seller of fine, handmade papers from around the world.
We produce and travel the world to find interesting, one of a kind invitations, gift wrap, ribbons, stationery, handmade photo albums, journals, rubber stamps, creative tools and keen gifts.

We are currently accepting resumes for Store Management and Customer Service Associates for our new stores:
Reston Town Center- Reston, VA
Annapolis Town Center at Parole- Annapolis, MD
Phillips Plaza- Charlotte, NC
The Oaks Mall- Thousand Oaks, CA
San Francisco Bay Area
Berkeley, California

These opportunities are focused on ensuring a positive customer experience through product knowledge, providing exceptional and consistent service, and maintaining the store aesthetic and brand image, while also leading and inspiring a store team to achieve the Paper Source Mission.

We are looking for those that have a passion for our product and a desire to inspire others!

Previous retail management is required. A background in arts and crafts is desired.

The ability to work a flexible schedule is required.

Please visit our website for complete job description and hiring locations.

Please send cover letter and resume, with photos of your creative work if desired to cpacholski@paper-source.com

“Tough Year For Art Lovers,” by Jeane Vogel

October 1, 2008 by

I am a fan of photographer Jeane Vogel’s blog. She does such a good job of “telling it like it is” in the art fair business. Interested in a bit of flavor about this year’s art fair season? Thinking about becoming a part of the art fair business? You will probably enjoy this insider’s background on the art fair biz. Visit “Beyond the Art Fair” and become acquainted with Jeane: http://jeanevogel.blogspot.com/2008/09/

Call for Entries: Arts & Crafts in Canton, MI

October 1, 2008 by
craft show in Michigan
Fall Arts & Crafts Ensemble
Saturday – November 22
Plymouth High School, 8400 Beck Rd.
Canton, MI
Sponsored by the Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters,
a 501c3 organization
90 exhibitors
Deadline: October 15
Canton, MI, is in the metro Detroit area. Visit this link.

Several years ago, with funds from the school district drying up that supported a nationally recognized band program, the parents rallied and started fund raising so their children could continue to be enriched by participation in the music program. Their drive to provide an excellent music program for their children is illustrated in their similar efforts to provide a quality craft show.

The juried arts and crafts event is held annually to support the music/band programs at the Plymouth Canton Educational Park. A bake sale, raffle, concessions, and entertainment will also be available. All funds raised go to the band programs at all three Plymouth-Canton High Schools, including the nationally-acclaimed Plymouth-Canton Marching Band that ranked 7th in the Nation in 2007.

  • a small quality event
  • low booth fees
  • easy in and out in one day
  • solid support by the community
  • resulting in a day well spent by you

Interested? Visit their website: http://www.pcmb.net, click on “events.”

Artists Looking for Answers to Internet Marketing? A Cool Opportunity

September 24, 2008 by

It is getting to that time of the year when the art fairs slow down and you go back to your studios, retool, make new art and start thinking about next year’s sales. I know many of you are active on the Internet and are also busy with your websites.

Here is a great opportunity for you to get some help with your online marketing. Scott Fox, author of Internet Riches, and one of the sponsors of my website, has a weekly radio program, the E-Commerce Success Show, where he discusses this topic.

This Friday, September 26 at 2 pm EST, for the first time he is holding an “open mic”, “Ask Scott Fox,” where you can get some answers from this expert. It is a great opportunity to really get the latest information.

If you have a question for him about e-business, web startups, web site design, online marketing or e-commerce strategy for your online business, give him a call:

Call in LIVE this Friday 9/26 to 1-646-716-4641

Check out Scott and his blog at: ScottFoxBlog.com

Overcoming Economic Obstacles for Festival Success

September 22, 2008 by

When it looked as though the Fayetteville, AR, Arts Festival wasn’t going to happen because of slashes to the budget the Fayetteville Downtown Partners came together to make it happen AND they had money to put toward next year. Congratulations to you!

Read this great story at:


For more of the details of how this group made this happen read this also:


Six Artist Profiles from the Peoria Fine Arts Fair

September 21, 2008 by

This is such an excellent article by JournalStar of Peoria, IL, about artists exhibiting at the Peoria Arts Guild’s Fine Arts Fair this weekend, September 27 and 28. It is full of background information on each artist, plus many tips to would-be exhibitors, reading between the lines.

The artists profiled are:

James Barnes, wood – Woolwine, VA

Delores Fortuna, ceramics – Galena, IL

Cynthia Cunningham, mixed media – Marietta, GA

Barbara Carter, digital art – Santa Fe, NM

Jodi Perry, painting – Polvadera, NM

Chris Vance, mixed media – Des Moines, IA

I originally decided to do this post because I wanted to show you the fine art made by these artists. So after I posted the list above I googled all their names so you could see their work on their websites. I am astonished to say that only two of them had a site where you could see the work, Barbara Carter and Cynthia Cunningham. Chris Vance has a site – but it doesn’t show his art.

Obviously these are successful artists traveling and creating fine work leaving no time for the web! Heresy!! A simple website with contact information and a few images plus an art fair schedule is really easy to build–and cheap! Artists, this is almost a necessity. Maybe you won’t sell work online but your customers can keep up with you and “preshop” before they see you at a show. We need to talk about this.

Well, I hope you will enjoy reading about them.

Read the article at: http://www.pjstar.com/entertainment