Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Ocean County Artists' Guild
Ocean & Chestnut Aves
Island Heights, NJ

Nov 2- Dec 2, 2009
Opening Reception
Sunday, Nov 2, 1-4pm

Artists Online - It's Where It's At

An interesting and fairly recent blog from:

Artists Online: Talking with Christian Benedetto of myartspace.comPosted by Kelly Heyboer/ The Star-LedgerCategories: Art, Blogger Interview, Business of Blogging August 04, 2008 5:31AM Kelly Heyboer is a staff writer for The Star-Ledger. Jersey Blogs is all about conversation -- who's talking about what in New Jersey, and what they're saying.

A painting by Eric Fox, an artist featured on

In the old days, struggling artists would toil away in their studios waiting for their big break.

These days, wannabe Picassos are using the internet to try to make their own luck. is an online social networking site designed to link collectors, gallery owners and young artists looking to sell their work. Over the last two years, more than 40,000 users have signed up and uploaded more than 500,000 images of contemporary art, according to the site's founders.

"Times are still very exciting for art and the internet. A whole new generation of young artists are likely to help reshape the way the art world will evolve to over the next 20 years," said Christian Benedetto, a Morris County real estate executive and one of the art enthusiasts behind the site.

We asked Benedetto, 41, about and the future of the art business.

Q: What is myartspace? How does it work?

A: Myartspace is an online community for artists, collectors, gallerists, teachers, art appreciators and others. It allows people to come together to explore contemporary art.
Membership is free, and artists can upload an unlimited quantity of their art. This includes images, music and video. The membership is global, with more than 80 countries represented with work, with most of the membership as expected from the U.S.

So, an artist or collector can sign up for myartspace and begin using it in minutes at no cost. Myartspace has, as an example, one of the largest collections of interviews with emerging artists online-- more than 400.

Myartspace uses a blend of advertising revenues, commissions on sales of art, premier (paid) subscription services and community events to generate revenue.

Q: Where did the idea for the site come from?
A: Myartspace was founded by Catherine McCormack-Skiba. Catherine is an artist herself, and had a mother who was also a highly prolific artist her whole life. She watched first hand as she saw fellow artists struggle to gain recognition and representation, including her mother.

Catherine, being a natural entrepreneur, saw an opportunity in the internet and began work on the site in 2005. The site was launched in May 2006, and is now about to undergo a major upgrade to include e-commerce capabilities so artists can sell their own work directly to buyers.

Q: Artists have a reputation for being loners. But more and more artists and collectors are starting blogs and websites. Is technology changing the art world?
A: Catherine McCormack-Skiba, founder of myartspace, notes:
"Technology is definitely changing the art world in many ways. First, the artists are being inter-connected in ways that were not possible years ago. Peers from all over world can review their work. They can collaborate on ideas. They can exchange information quickly and easily. But there's more than a social aspect to this. The commercial side of the internet will change the art world dramatically.

For the past century, artists represented in established galleries saw their work sold for increasingly high prices, but very few artists were actually reaping the benefits of the collector's appetite. Things are changing quickly for BOTH the sellers and the buyers. More artists are able to self-represent themselves as venues like myartspace allow them to reach millions of interested buyers.

A new generation of art appreciators are much more internet-savvy, and are showing an increased appetite to explore emerging artists and find their own rising stars rather than relying solely on the recommendation of a few art dealers. So it's more global, and people are able to more easily connect electronically."

Q: How many users do you have? Have you had much feedback?
A: Myartspace is doubling in size each year. We now have about 40,000 members and expect that to top 60,000 members by the end of this year. More importantly, we have a collection of more than 500,000 pieces of contemporary art for our community to view for free. Feedback has been very positive, as is shown by our growing membership.
Q: One of your new features in "The Daily Art Feed." What is that and how does it work?
A: Many people like to view art that is "pre-selected" through a curation process. With user-generated content, the volume is high and the quality inconsistent. Consequently we don't have enough time in the day to look at 500 YouTube videos and find the best three we like.

Art is similar. We have thousands of people each day viewing selected works that are fed to them directly through e-mail or through Facebook. To sign up, just go to and subscribe to the service. It's easy and free. For the artist, their work is viewed by thousands of people in any one given day, and a few of those people are likely to be interested in buying the original work or a digital rendition.

Q: What's your background?

A: I co-own commercial real estate brokerage company, National Redevelopment. And I grew up in the real estate brokerage business, which gave me the gift of deal making.

Over the years I expanded and bought pieces of title Insurance, telecommunication, media and marketing companies, which lead me to form Hopkins Sampson & Brown Equities a few years ago, which funds and purchases other business . . .

Catherine McCormack-Skiba, was a tenant of mine in some warehouse space, where she stored her some of her vast art work and collection. We became friends and when the opportunity came to invest in her company, I jumped at.

Hopkins Sampson & Brown Equities, LLC, also owns a pretty large art collection and my wife Suzy support the arts.

I did not own a TV until recently, I prefer to read and or write. I have had four books of poetry published since 2005, which got picked up by and - which I am especially proud of. I have be called a serial entrepreneur.

My the only job I had with a paycheck since I got out of graduate school was in the United States Marine Corp, where I earned $308.50 take home pay every two weeks. Since then I have been self employed.

Although, being a dad and husband is the most rewarding and best job I have ever had.

Q: Do you have any blogs or websites you read regularly?

A: Well I spend a fair amount of time on and I a huge fan. has a widget that lets you connect your myartspace page and page and share friends and your favorite artist.

Suzy and I have a 3-month-old son, so I also spend a great deal of time-- mostly in the middle of the night-- reading off the White House's website and a few other government and historical information sites.

Last week, I read my son the Declaration of Independence. Last month, we covered all the presidents and vice presidents and all the cabinet members and posts.

I also spend some time on Phillips Andover website with my son, as that is where I would like him to go to high school. (You can never start too early.)

Q: What's next for myartspace?

A: Myartspace is like a piece of art in process. It is constantly evolving. It is more than just some technology and software, it is a growing community.

Consequently, it has many community-centric activities coming up. The site is launching a series of $5000 art scholarships for undergraduate and graduate art students . . .

The community also sponsors many competitions where artists can have dramatic leaps in their careers. We will be launching a competition where winning artists can have their work shown at Miami Basel, a large international art show, in December of this year in Florida. And coming shortly is a new capability where artists can avail their work through online stores and buyers can purchase work directly from them.

Q: Anything you'd like to add?
Times are still very exciting for art and the internet. A whole new generation of young artists are likely to help reshape the way the art world will evolve to over the next 20 years. Myartspace hopes to solidify its position as the "premier online social network for the art world".

A friend of a friend told me about 7 or 8 years ago, "Buy art. It's one of the only unregulated commodities in the world." He was right. It is.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Shellshock- by a Member of TRACx81- Toms River Artist Co-operative

by Jean Le Baron
Original sold, Giclees available, artist information in link section on the right...
Crafts Marketplace, November 1 & 2, Saturday & Sunday, 10-5pm, Talented crafters from our region will fill the Museum with their wares for the weekend. This is your opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind ceramics, jewelry, glass, baskets, brooms, soaps, leather, wearables, prints and much more for gift-giving or your own enjoyment.

733 Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, NJ


609-652-6166 fax

Altered Books Workshop- OC Library

Altered Books Worksh Altered Books Workshop
Toms River Branch
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 6:30pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200 / .

Give new life to old books with this hands-on workshop. Altered books are a form of mixed media artwork that changes any book, old or new into a creative and original work of art. They can be rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned.

Join artists Carole Gernett and Glorianne Merkant who will demonstrate altered book techniques. We will provide books and other ephemera, but feel free to bring your own as well.

Participants will leave with at least one completed page. For ages 15+.

Attention Artsy People- Ocean County Library

Coffee and Conversat Coffee and Conversation for Writers, Artists, and Filmmakers
Toms River Branch
Monday, Nov. 24, 7:00pm
Register Online or call 732-349-6200 / .

Attention artsy people. Want to talk to others who share your interests? Come have coffee and share some conversation with others who enjoy being creative. Be part of the up and coming Toms River Arts Scene. Please register so we know how many people are coming. Light refreshments will be served but feel free to bring a dessert if you’d like.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Watercolorists- Splash Opportunity

North Light Books is now accepting submissions for the latest edition of our Best of Watercolor series, Splash 11: New Directions.
How to enter:

Get the entry form from our all-new Splash website at! Also check for our upcoming ads in TAM and Watercolor Artist magazine. Deadline to enter is January 16th, 2009.

On the website:
Get updated Splash news and information
View the Splash art gallery
Find updated book release info
Download the entry form
Get digital submission tips
View a list of winners for Splash 11

Friday, October 24, 2008

Peace Through Music-from Bill Moyers PBS Website:

Guest Blogger: Mark Johnson on PLAYING FOR CHANGE

(Photo by Robin Holland)

We'd like to thank Mark Johnson, creator/director of PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC, for sharing some additional thoughts with THE MOYERS BLOG. We invite you to respond below.

Please note that the views and opinions expressed by Mark Johnson are not necessarily the views and opinions held by Bill Moyers or BILL MOYERS JOURNAL.
PLAYING FOR CHANGE is a movement uniting people all over the world through music and inspiration. It all began about seven years ago as my producing partner, Whitney Kroenke Burditt, and I assembled a group of like-minded people with cameras and a mobile recording studio. We embarked on a journey across the globe in search of music and human connections.

We started the journey with the idea that with an open mind and positive intentions we can find ways of uniting people as the human race. Music has always been the universal language and we followed its path from city streets to Native Indian reservations, African villages and the Himalayan Mountains. I could never have imagined that we would discover a world with so much love, hope and inspiration. In a world with so much focus on our differences I am proud to have discovered that people everywhere believe in creating a better world together.

Throughout our travels we created songs around the world such as “Stand By Me” and “One Love.” These songs and videos offer musicians who have never met in person the ability to collaborate and unite through the power of music. We also interviewed all of the musicians and learned stories of how music has helped to persevere through struggles all over the world. These collections of songs and interviews serve as a reminder of the power of the human spirit as well as a means of further illustrating our global collective conscience. We live in a world with way too many starving children and way too many warring nations. As a human race we come together for birth, and we come together for death, what brings us together in between is up to us. Stop and listen to the universal language of music and bring that positive energy with you everywhere we go.

The vision of PLAYING FOR CHANGE extends far beyond just music and film. We have established the Playing For Change Foundation to build music and art schools for kids around the world. We have recently returned from Gugulethu, South Africa where we constructed the first Playing For Change Music School. We plan to build many more schools, each equipped with cameras and a recording studio so supporters all over the world can watch recitals and performances in the schools we are building together. We can use these schools as sources of inspiration and a means of breaking down negative stereotypes among people everywhere. In the words of one of the artists featured in PLAYING FOR CHANGE, Vusi Mahlasela, “The world is immigrating into a global village, the question is how much do you want to belong.” Learn more about PLAYING FOR CHANGE, and together we can accomplish much more than we ever can apart.

Tag(s): guest blogger

Studio 889- Call for Artists

Indepth Arts News:

"Call for Artists: Holiday Exhibition - Hand Pulled Prints"
2008-10-23 until 2008-11-21
Studio 889
Bronx, NY, USA United States of America

CALL FOR PRINT ENTRIES - Deadline November 22nd, 2008. Studio 889 is pleased to announce a call for submissions of hand pulled prints to be considered for exhibition in our Holiday Show. The exhibition will open on Saturday, December 6th, with an opening reception from 2:30pm - 5:30pm. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, January 10th, 2009. Studio 889 is a nonprofit visual arts gallery, workshop and classroom whose mission is to cultivate an artistic environment that encourages creative development, technical experimentation, and the exchange of ideas. They do so by providing arts in education, community and professional printmaking workshops.

The studio occupies a 500 square foot storefront at 889 Hunts Point Avenue, in the vanguard of the burgeoning South Bronx area. The space allows for one large press and one small press on premises, as well as gallery exhibit space.

To date, submissions are coming in from California, Canada, France, Peru, Seattle and Scotland – it’s truly becoming a global exhibit!

* Original fine art prints are eligible. Digital prints, photocopies etc. will not be accepted.
* All prints must adhere to the 5x7, 6x9, 8x10, or 10x10 paper size.
* Work is non-juried but Studio 889 reserves the right to reject unsuitable work.
* Price of artwork can't exceed $125.00.
* $5.00 entry fee for up to 3 pieces.
* Studio 889 receives 25% commission.

Studio 889
T: 718.620-2824 | F: 718.620.2810
Mailing Address: PO Box 740190 | Bronx, NY 10474

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Check Out A Gem of A Museum Near Exit 48 GSP

The Noyes Museum

Awakenings: Art & Healing

August 29- November 2, 2008 Art can provide individuals struggling with disabling illness a sense of hope, identity and purpose. Awakenings celebrates the artistic endeavors of the artists of Hospital Audiences, Inc. whose works are among the highest quality of contemporary Outsider art. Through their work, untrained artists express themselves and use art to relieve hardship of disease while communicating their interests in a style unrestrained by tradition. Opening Reception Sept. 12, 5-8pm George Zuniga, Cat pictured at left.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants, News By Access Arts-from

International Deadline: Ongoing - The objective of the Foundation is to promote, by charitable activities carried on by the Foundation, an appreciation of the traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and the graphic arts, by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years.

Who May Apply:
Awards are limited to candidates in the early stages of their careers working in the following: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture. Work must be representational art.

To be eligible for a grant candidates must have already started or completed training at an established school of art; and/or demonstrate, through past work and future plans, a commitment to make art a lifetime career.

The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year. There is no application deadline.

The Foundation is neither a school nor a gallery. It does not conduct classes or organize exhibitions. Grants are made directly to the beneficiaries--not through other organizations. Each grant is $10,000 (Canadian) as of last report.

For further information and Application, write:

1814 Sherbrooke Street West Suite #1
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3H 1E4

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Learn How to Avoid Scams

ARTIST Beware - Cashier's Checks

This statement is from an Ebay user, I can not verify that all that he says is true but the general message is true. Snopes concurred that this is a common scam. As we speak, I mean read/write, someone is trying to do the same to me. They claim they are sending me a check and that they accidently included the shippers fee along with mine on the same check. They are supposedly sending Fed Ex to pick up the art work they are purchasing from me. If someone is trying to buy your art over the World Wide Web and they are sending a Cashier's Check- here's what you can do:

How to tell if a CASHIER'S CHECK IS FAKE in 30 seconds!

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Before depositing any cashier's checks in your bank, here is an easy way to protect yourself: Ask the bank teller to CALL IN THE ROUTING NUMBERS on that check. It is fast and easy, there is a national registry of bank phone numbers. If you just deposit the check, the bank will not question it's validity, and it will take days or weeks to discover it was phony. You will be responsible for all the bank charges incurred, and overdrafts if you started spending it.

Crooks are printing out fake cashier's checks from their home printers and sending them out as fast as they are printed to as many sellers as they can (you can see the wet ink on the inside of their envelopes) If we help educate everyone to simply check routing numbers, the crooks will spend all their money on airmail (over $1 a letter) because this scam is usually mailed from overseas, and they will go broke.

If you are selling anything under $1,000 that can't be shipped on ebay you are at high risk of a fake cashier's check scam--especially if you offer a "buy-it-now" price. I have had half a dozen scammers respond to one of my $100 auctions in the furniture section, and especially used vehicles on ebay motors. These crooks are looking for cheap auctions because they have printed out fake $3,000 - $5,000 checks and ask you to western union the extra to their "driver" to come and pick up your vehicle or furniture. They are greedy and want to make at least $2,000 per scam so they target cheap cars and trucks.

Here are some typical red flags that I encountered: The buyer said he is buying the car for a "client." He insisted on getting my phone number. I received a cashiers check from London (not from the U.S. as he claimed) It was made out for thousands more than my auction price, asking me to western union the difference to the "delivery man" who will use the money to come and get the vehicle. I received a phone call from a "private number" --an arab man with poor english asked me for western union numbers.
O.k. here is how this works....if you wire cash to these guys, their check will bounce, but you have just sent them thousands of dollars of real cash!

Spread the word! Police suspect these guys are terrorists!

obvious target keywords: collector car, muscle car, used car, used truck, couch, wedding dress, dining set, bedroom set, chevy, ford, pontiac, gm, mustang, corvette, dodge, etc.

Byte Me: Technology and the Self-Portrait by Art Deadline

National Deadline: November 14, 2008 - New York's 'Digital Artist's Space' announces 'Byte Me: Technology and the Self-Portrait'. This exhibit will examine how artists use technology to mediate their idea and image of the self. The technology used must play a role in achieving the vision self-portrait. For example, it's not just about photographing yourself with a digital camera. The fact that you are using a camera that is digital must be an important part of the work.

Submitted artwork must have been completed within the last 3 years. Artwork must be created with some digital component (either created, scanned, manipulated, printed or photographed digitally). Images must reflect a cohesive body of work.

Size Restrictions:
Artwork over 60 in. tall cannot be considered.

  • Images must be submitted on a CD. Include a SASE if you want your CD returned.
  • Images must be in the JPEG (high quality) file format and saved at 8 in. x 10 in. at 300 dpi.
  • Please include the Entry Form (download)
  • Entry Fee: $30 for up to 20 (checks payable to Digital Artists Space)
  • a brief artist statement, and bio or artist resume.
All submissions should be mailed to:

Digital Artist's Space
265 River St
Troy NY 12180

ph: 518.203.1096

Opportunity in Hudson, NY

nternational Deadline: November 30, 2008 - SlowArt Productions presents Emerging Artists 2009, the seventeenth annual competition for group exhibition, and awards. Open to all artists working in any media this event is devoted to the discovery, introduction and promotion of emerging artists.

The competition is open to all artists, national and international, working in all media. All forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, digital and installation art are eligible. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

  • Cash Award: A $1000 grand prize cash award will be presented to one artist.
  • Publication Awards: One artist will be awarded a two page display in 2009 edition of Direct Art Magazine. Two artists will be awarded one page display pages in the 2009 edition of Direct Art Magazine.
  • Gallery Exhibition: A group exhibition of the artist winners will be held at the Limner Gallery, March 7 - 28, 2009.
  • Internet Exhibition: The exhibition will also be featured on the Limner Gallery web site.
Wall mounted works must not be taller than 96" no wider than 120". Sculptural work must fit through a standard height, 36"wide entry door.

Image Presentation Guidelines
Artwork submitted may be represented either by 35mm slides, prints up to 8.5" x 11" in size, or digital image files. Prints may be any format, photographic, laser, ink jet are all acceptable. Each slide or print must numbered and labeled with artists name, title of work, media, and dimensions of work. List the same information on the entry form image list.
  • Digital Specs: Digital image files may be submitted on PC platform CD, DVD or 100mb Zip disc, TIF or JPG format are acceptable. No files larger than 15MB please. Include a reference sheet with prints representing the images on the disc. Next to each print write the artist, title, media, dimensions and file name. Write the file name on the corresponding entry form image list.
Digital files submitted on disc are best if they are in PC format. We can read Mac discs and CD's (CD is recommended), but occasionally there are problems. If you work in PhotoShop on Mac save your images as TIF files and select PC format when saving them. Files can be saved as TIF or JPG files. If it is not an inconvenience you may include two files of each image, one JPG low res, 72dpi and one higher res TIF 300dpi file. The TIF file can be up to 11 inches tall or 9 inches wide. This is good because if you are selected the low res file will be used for the web site and the high res can be used for print in the magazine, on invitations or promotions. These two files of the same image will count as one entry (similar to one slide). However, if you do not have access to high res files without paying to have them made, you may submit only the low res files. In this case if you are selected we will ask for the high res file at that time. It will not affect your entry to exclude the higher res file.

CD's must be accompanied either by sample prints of the work on the CD (as in prints above) or by a single sheet with small (approx. 2") prints of the entries. Next to the small images on the single sheet write the entry info, name, title, dimensions and media. The accompanying prints are required because once your CD is viewed the jury will refer to your prints rather than reload your CD each time they want to look at the work. If you submit a CD without the prints your work will not be properly represented to the jury and may be rejected on that basis alone.
  • Slides: Artists submitting slides should use 35mm format. Do not submit larger transparencies. 35mm slides can be both projected and placed in our 8.5" x 11" slide viewer. Larger transparencies will not be projected or placed in the viewer. Be sure to write or label the slide with your name, title, dimensions and media. If your name is not on the slide and it is separated from your return envelope it may not be possible to find the envelope and return it to you. Remember, the first round of jury selection is not done with a projector, it is done with a light box and a magnifier. If your slides are underexposed or if the image is not clear you risk rejection on this basis alone.
  • Prints: Any type prints up to 8.5" x 11" in size are accepted. Be sure to include your name, title, dimensions and media on the back of the print. Prints that are faded, dull, lacking in contrast, too small and otherwise badly made will not properly represent your work.
  • Email or Web Page entries: Email and Web Page entries can be used but are not encouraged as a CD submission is a little easier for the jury to view. Email or Web Page entries should be used if you can not submit a CD or have other restrictions such as an inadequate or expensive international postal service. We only accept low res files submitted via email. Files should be sized no larger than seven inches (177.8mm) @72dpi and saved as JPG format. If using PhotoShop save the JPG at image option 5 with format set to optimized.
Entries can be submitted as an attachment within a single zip file, or pasted into the email window. Entry form contact info should be written in the email message, or included as a text file in the zip attachment. In Web Page entries, images should be posted to a web page and the URL submitted in the email instead of the digital files. Include all the entry form info: name, title, dimensions, media in the email message that accompanies the images and the web link. Payment for Email and Web Page entries may be made via PayPal at the time of entry.

Return of Materials
Self-Addressed-Stamped-Envelope (SASE) must be included with sufficient postage for the return of materials. Artists outside the US may include international reply coupons instead of stamps, or may add return postage cost to their entry fee at a rate of $1.00US per ounce of mail. Ensure that your materials fit easily inside your return envelope and you have enough postage.

Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than December 31, 2008. Notification will be made by mail using the SASE provided by the artist. Artists who do not want their slide or print materials returned must still provide a self addressed stamped #10 (letter size) envelope to receive mail notification. All artists who provide a working email address will also be notified via email, if no email or return envelope is provided, artists will only be notified if accepted.

SlowArt Artist Notification Policy
The policy on artist notification is as follows:
  • SASE: The SASE is a self addressed stamped envelope for the return of your materials. It must be large enough to contain the submission materials and also must have enough postage for their return. For example, four slides inside a standard 9" x 4" envelope will weigh over one ounce, so a single stamp on such a return envelope will not be enough for their return. Also the SASE must be addressed legibly for it to work, illegible writing may result in loss of the submission materials.
  • All artists who provide the SASE are notified by mail using the SASE provided. The notification letter is included with the return of the artists materials--slides/prints/CD etc. The SASE must be affixed with sufficient postage to return the materials. Artists who do not include sufficient postage may not have their materials returned.
  • International artists who are unable to obtain US postage will receive a notification with the return of their materials only if they provide return postage in the form of international postal reply coupons, or if these are unattainable, additional postage added to their entry fee at a rate of .80US per ounce of mail. In this case, artists should write "postage paid" on the spot where stamps would be affixed to the return envelope.
  • All submission materials submitted without a return SASE will be considered as disposable and discarded.
  • Artists who submit disposable materials and wish to receive notification by mail must include a letter sized return envelope with a single stamp for their notification letter.
  • All artists who submit a working email address will be also be notified by email. It is very important to carefully print or type your email address. Artists who write their email address in a manner that is difficult to decipher may not receive their notification.
  • All artists who submit disposable materials and do not include a return envelope for a notification letter and do not submit an email address will only be notified if they are accepted to exhibit.
Our goal is to notify all artists and to return all materials submitted with the SASE. However, some artists call and complain that they did not get their notification and/or SASE back. It is important to follow the guidelines above in order to avoid this problem.

Here are some examples of things that frequently cause problems:
  • Return envelope is too small to hold the materials submitted.
  • Return envelope has insufficient postage to return materials.
  • Artist provides stamps but no return envelope.
  • Artist provides return envelope with no stamps.
  • Return envelope is submitted with stamps but no return address.
  • Handwriting on return envelope is so bad that the post office can not read it. (Type or print to avoid this)
  • Handwriting of email address can not be deciphered so we can not read it for email notification. (Type or print to avoid this)
We work carefully and do the best we can to assure everyone gets notified and/or their materials back. Occasionally a return is lost by the postal service, or damaged by a postal sorting machine and returned to us months later in pieces inside a plastic bag. This is unfortunate but sometimes happens.

Entry Fee
There is a $35 entry fee for up to four slides, prints or digital image files; $5 for each additional. Make your check or money order in US funds, drawn on a US Bank, payable to SlowArt Productions. Artists who wish to pay by credit card may use PayPal. [Use this link for credit card payment] Print the PayPal receipt and include with your entry.

There will be a 30% commission on any sales made during the exhibition or off the web site during the one year promotion.

The final postmarked deadline is November 30, 2008. There will be no extension of the deadline, all entries must be postmarked by that date. Winners will be notified by December 31.

Complete Application (Download) and submit with 1) Materials, 2) Entry Form, 3) SASE, and 4) Entry fee, payable to SlowArt Productions, to:

SlowArt Productions
Emerging Artists 2009
123 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Monday, October 13, 2008

Art Daily News excerpt

NEW YORK, NY.- A New York Public Library exhibition explores the rich history, legacy and influences behind Art Deco, a style which visually captured the fascinating decades of the 1920s and 1930s and signaled the birth of our contemporary concept of modernism. Art Deco Design: Rhythm and Verve will be on view at The New York Public Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street from September 12, 2008 to January 11, 2009. Admission is free.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Yvonne Yaar - Art Starved Creator- My Artist Statment

Yvonne Yaar
Glass Artist
Fused/Kiln Formed, Slumped, Recycled & Flameworked

Yvonne has loved glass since she was a little girl. It's sparkly, transparent, yet full of color- what's not to like?! She appreciates glass more than diamonds. Really. Melting diamonds in front of a torch is a bad thing. Putting them in a kiln isn't a good idea either. So where is the fun in diamonds?

She has lived on three continents and these experiences have affected her deeply. She feels this has played a role in her "out of the box" thinking.

She drives her husband crazy because she sees everything as art. You can't throw art away. When Yvonne does throw something away, she makes a point of announcing it to her husband, because she loves to see him smile. She feels blessed that he supports her addiction- oops-I mean passion for art.

Yvonne has taken classes at Salem Community College in Carney's Pt, NJ; one of the few entities in the USA that offers a Bachelor's Degree in Glass Art. She was on the Dean's list when she attended and she also took a class at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. However, she is primarily self-taught. She has a BS from Indiana University in Interior Design, with a minor in Business Administration. She has exhibited and sold from multiple galleries, museums, and boutiques in the Tri-State area {NY, NJ, &PA].

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Business of Art

Art. The process of creating can be a religious experience, something sacrosanct for many artists. But after you're done creating your masterpiece, what now? How will you market your art- how do you sell it? You say- By exhibiting of course. But is that enough? NO. Art is a business just like any other. To get "your product" out there you need to be a business person. You need to network. Most artists' don't have the where with all to spend thousands of dollars on expensive marketing/advertising campaigns. Most of us can't afford an agent. So once again, HOW do we do it?

The internet. The internet is just one answer, but a very good one. There are dozens, if not hundreds of networking opportunities that are FREE.

* Networking on line has endless opportunities. I have spent hours looking for different ways to network on line and the availability of sites seems never ending.
* You can build a contact list from on line networking.
* You can promote yourself, send out reminders about upcoming events/ exhibits.
* Some on line sites allow you to post images of your art!
* You can post your resume and or your bio/ artist statement.
* Networking on line allows you to reach a demographic much larger then the city you live in.
* Networking keeps you organized.

Some Networking sites:
BriteFuse [from Career Builder]
Art Perk
Art Chain
Linked In
Face Book