Call for Applications: Paris Post Graduate Research and Experimentation Program Opens in NYC Fall 2015

 

We received an email from Virginia, who is the Director of the art program offered by the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) that initially began in Paris and will be starting in the fall of 2015 in New York.

Virginia wrote- “I would like to ask you to share our call for applications on your website and social media, if possible, because I believe your network might find it interesting. Enclosed in this email you will find the Iheap brochure with more information about the program and a list of the lecturers for the upcoming Session XI. Iheap is a post-graduate institute for research and experimentation in art that serves as the educational branch of the Biennale de Paris.

The program offers its participants a unique course of study that is not bound to the history of 20th century art but actively encourages the investigation of crucial issues of art in the 21st century.
Iheap is addressing all creative practitioners who have an expectation to engage not only within the art world, but also with the world at large. The lecturers, in fact, are coming from a wide range of disciplines, from the art field as well as from philosophy, economics, history, linguistics and so on. Iheap is a fluid school with the classes taking place at different locations, such as art organizations, schools, galleries, museums, cafés, apartments, parks, public spaces, parking lots and so on.”

The application procedure is online, accessed at http://iheap.fr/en/candidature/ and the deadline for submission is August 15, 2015.

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Best Pinning Practices for Artists on Pinterest

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Best Pinning Practices for Artists on Pinterest

Create a business account on Pinterest here and verify your website here.  Pick a profile image, such as your logo, an artwork, or a good photo of yourself. Once your website is confirmed, your logo or profile photo will appear on Pins that people pin from your site.

Create Your Boards With Informative Titles

I see so many artists on Pinterest create boards titled “My Art.”  How many boards are on Pinterest titled “My Art”?  To make a point, we did a search using the Pinterest search feature. You can too. Type in “My Art” and selected “Board.” (As we did). Many hundreds and perhaps thousands of boards on Pinterest are titled “My Art.” (We stopped counting them after one thousand.) It’s simple logic. If you paint rural homes in summer, but label your board “My Art,” how will your work stand out? How will someone looking for your style of art find it?

You can change the name of your board by clicking on the Edit pencil icon at the top right corner of your board. Give your board a title that contains useful information. “Oil paintings of Birds” or “Watercolor paintings of Sand Dunes”  or “Abstract paintings on canvas by…” –you can add your name in the board title.

Now you are ready to pin high-quality images of your art. Use high-resolution, professional-quality photographs and illustrations. Don’t use images that are poorly lit, out of focus, or that otherwise appear amateurish.

Size and Shape of Your Images Matter

Have you found teenie tiny postage stamp size images on Pinterest? Did you pin them? Probably not. If your images have a width of 600 pixels and are between 900 and 2100 Pixels tall, then they will have good image quality on Pinterest.

Also, Pinterest says that “Pins look best when they’re vertically oriented.” (From Best Pinterest Practices by Pinterest. )

Include your artist name and title on every pin! Yes, on your own art pins. I won’t pin an artwork if the artist’s name is not on it. Many others feel that way too. I also like to see the title. When uploading your art images, include your name, title, link to your site, and some details, such as materials, year created, dimensions, and retail price. Remember, your images will be Pinned and RePinned!  (Use Rich Pins on your site and pin your art images from your own website. That way anyone clicking on your image will be taken to your site. Find out more about Rich Pins below).

Write Thoughtful, Detailed Descriptions on Your Art Pins

Every Pin should have a written description that gives context and provides additional information. Your descriptive text should use correct capitalization and punctuation. According to Pinterest, “…only about 75-100 characters of your description will appear in grid view, [but] you can include up to 500 and they’ll all appear when people click to see the Pin close-up. Generally speaking, more characters mean more helpful details and more opportunities to show up in search results.”

Pinterest says, “use keywords in your descriptions, but don’t use hashtag keywords.”  (Hashtag keywords, such as #art, #painting, #drawing are excellent to use on Twitter and Instagram, but should not be include in your Pin descriptions ).

Link to your website–Rich Pins

Make Pins from your website more useful by Making them Rich Pins.  Rich Pins can automatically include information like price, availability, materials on your Pins–as long as you have those details on your website images. Rich Pins automatically update, too, like when you change your price on your website, or if you mark an artwork “Sold.”

How Often Do You Pin?

Pinterest recommends that you pin once a day so your followers always see fresh content in your home feed. But don’t just pin your own stuff. Tell a richer story by adding pins from fellow artists and from art blogs such as Artist Marketing Resources. Follow us on Pinterest here.

Stop Talking Non-Stop About Yourself — Pinterest users want pins that educate and entertain them. Engage with your followers and they will be more likely to share your pins with their networks. If you need help with this, or ideas on how to increase your engagement, leave a comment and we will discuss options with you!

 

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New International Platform Where Indie Fashion Designers Make Money from Their Designs

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Founder David Szendzielarz asked us to publish news about his disruptive fashion design platform FashionReserve.com. It’s a new concept where students and designers can upload and make money from their fashion designs, whilst gaining exposure to industry professionals and peers in an online fashion design community.

David says, “We see the site as a way to bring democracy back into fashion – where people with real talent and creativity gain a platform to showcase their work to fashion houses and industry professionals, without having to jump through the traditional hoops.”

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Get Online Portfolio/Site Review + One Hour Chat + E-book Guide for Artists at Special Price

A special package deal from Marie Kazalia, owner of Artist Marketing Resources–I will review your online portfolio and artist website, and chat with you about your art and goals for one full hour via Skype or PopExperts + send you a copy of my Ebook Guide for Artists, all 3 for a special package price of $40.

If you want to take the Skype option, and make payment via PayPal invoice, let me know via an email sent to: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

If you’d like to schedule via PopExperts click here. You will need to do have the Google Chrome web browser to use PopExperts.

 

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Open Call to All Artists on “Art as Activism” Theme for Chelsea NY Gallery

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Hi Artists,

Listed below are two calls for art. The first is from Gutfreund Cornett Art on Democracy and is open to all artists as this is an “art as activism” theme. The second call for art is from the Women’s Caucus for Art and is titled “Trending: Contemporary Art Now!” This show is open to self-identified women artists. Let’s change the world through powerful art! Please contact me with any questions at karengutfreundart@gmail.com and as always, I hope you don’t consider my email notifications “spam”. But we will remove you from our list if you’d prefer not to hear from us.

If you haven’t worked with GCA or WCA before – below is an example of our work. It is the mission of GCA to change the world with art as activism and the mission of WCA to promote women artists who are underrepresented in the art world.

Below are links to the online catalog and gallery for an upcoming show at AIR Gallery, titled “Who’s Afraid of Feminism” from the Women’s Caucus for Art. Enjoy!

Online catalog:  http://issuu.com/karengutfreund/docs/whos_afraid_of_feminism_for_issuu

Online gallery:  http://nationalwca.org/nationalshows/whoseafraid.php#gallery

CALLS FOR ART!

WHAT’S RIGHT, WHAT’S LEFT: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA

In the upcoming election year, what does democracy mean in the United States? It’s time for artists to get on their soap boxes – whether it is a conceptual soapbox (Warhol) or direct Statement Art (Jenny Holtzer) and tell us what you think about democracy in America.

What is happening within our borders with the increasing polarization of our political parties and how do our views of democracy affect those outside our borders when we try to spread the American Dream? Have we made progress or are we going backwards? Whether you lean to the right or lean to the left, tell us what you think about the current state of affairs. How does increasing surveillance affect the tenets of democracy? We have both freedom and a lack of privacy in this digital and Patriot’s Act world as drones and wiretaps are commonplace and virtually unquestioned and unopposed; but do we have a voice in any of this Big Brother culture and with voting restriction laws being passed across the country to silence particular demographics of the American public. How does the media portray democracy — truth vs. spin? What is actually news versus entertainment in bombastic, biased editorials? Consider democracy in relation to civil, personal and political rights, economic gain, and the debate over freedom of speech, freedom of choice and freedom to choose to live as you wish. What did our forefathers intend in the Constitution with the freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the pursuit of happiness, etc. To whom do these tenets apply in a racially, religious and politically divided country?

GCA is asking artists to share their voices in this art-based conversation about democracy and seeks art that address and interprets these broadly.

TO ENTER, GO TO: 
http://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/whats-right-whats-left-democracy-in-america-2016-phoenix-gallery.html

TITLE: What’s Right, What’s Left: Democracy in America

VENUE:  Phoenix Gallery, Landmark Arts Building, Chelsea
548 West 29th Street, Suite 528, New York City

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Must complete submission by Friday, September 18, 2015 at 11:59  p.m. in your time zone.

JUROR: Dr. Kathy Battista
Founder and Director of the MA Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design and Media at the Winchester School of Art University of Southampton.

CALL FOR ART:  While all media is accepted and there are no size restrictions, we encourage the submission of smaller works, due to the size of the gallery. Works will be chosen for the gallery with additional works chosen for the online gallery and catalog and shown in a looped slide show in the Phoenix Gallery.

DATES OF EXHIBITION: January 6-30, 2016

ARTIST RECEPTION: January 7, 2016

Eligiblity: Open to all artists

TO ENTER, GO TO:   http://www.gutfreundcornettart.com/whats-right-whats-left-democracy-in-america-2016-phoenix-gallery.html

Please email us with any questions at gutfreundcornettart@gmail.com.
 

CALL FOR ART HOSTED BY THE WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART!

TRENDING, Contemporary Art Now!
The Women’s Caucus for Art, hosted by Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory with juror Elizabeth K. Garvey announces a Call for Art: ‘Trending: Contemporary Art Now!’ for January 23 -February 28, 2016.

TRENDING seeks works that are driving the direction of contemporary art. Show us your visually compelling and conceptually exciting work that signal the direction of where art is headed. WCA seeks art in all media that are leading edge and have the potential to go viral. Show us your most interesting work!

This show is non-themed. The juror, Elizabeth K. Garvey, will select the strongest works based on her experience as a Chelsea (NY) gallerist and collector of contemporary art. “Trending…” seeks to promote innovative established artists and nurture promising talent from the next generation of women artists. Share your art with us and the world!

EXHIBITION VENUE:
Target Gallery
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all self-identified women artists.

DATES OF EXHIBITION: January 23 – February 28, 2016

ARTIST RECEPTION: Friday, February 5, 2016 (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.)

READ MORE AND ENTER HERE (Deadline 9/30/15): http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#show=2305

JUROR: Elizabeth K. Garvey is the co-founder and owner of Garvey Simon Art Access. She has been a fine art dealer and advisor in New York City for over 20 years and leverages her professional relationships with galleries, auction houses, private dealers and artists to offer clients a relaxed entry into the often intimidating visage of the New York art world. She is a member of ArtTable, and a founding member of the New York chapter of the Association of Women Art Dealers.

ABOUT THE GALLERY: Target Gallery is the contemporary national and international exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The gallery hosts nine exhibitions annually — some juried, some curated — featuring a variety of themes, artists and media. Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest collection of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. An Alexandria landmark for more than 40 years, it’s the highlight of the Potomac Riverfront, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually.

GALLERY & ON-LINE GALLERY
There are two opportunities to get into this show. The juror will select works that will be exhibited in the Target Gallery and the On-Line Gallery.

The juror will also select additional works that will be shown on the WCA website’s On-Line Gallery ONLY. The On-Line Gallery only works will also be shown on a monitor in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. This allows for more works to be seen beyond the physical limitation of the gallery.

CATALOG: All artwork selected will be included in the exhibition catalog both printed and online. Catalogs will be available for order at the time of the show opening.

NON-REFUNDABLE ENTRY FEE
Payment of $35 per entry for current WCA members and $45 for non-members and $20 for full-time students. An entry consists of one to three submissions of images. Credit card payments are made through Paypal only. You do not need a Paypal account to pay through Paypal and may use your credit or debit card instead.

SUBMISSIONS AND MEDIA
Artists may submit up to three works per entry with a total of three separate entries. Multiple views per piece are accepted when uploading 3D images of work.

All media is accepted except giclees of original work. The use of giclees, if part of a larger work/collage or assemblage is acceptable.

ARTWORK SIZE: There are no size restrictions for the artwork.

ENTER HERE: http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#show=2305

ABOUT WOMEN’S CAUCUS FOR ART (WCA)
WCA was founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA). WCA is a national member organization unique in its multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators, and museum professionals.

The mission of WCA is to create community through art, education and social activism. WCA is committed to recognizing the contribution of women in the arts, providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development, expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women, supporting local, national and global art activism and advocating for equity in the arts for all.

To join WCA, visit http://www.nationalwca.org

ENTER HERE: http://www.entrythingy.com/www.nationalwca.org#dashboard

Questions?  Email   wcashows@gmail.com

Best regards,

Karen Gutfreund

Curator/Artist

Partner, GutfreundCornettArt.com

Member, ArtTable
Gallery & Museum Liaison,
Women’s Caucus for Art

Northern California TFAP Representative

The Feminist Art Project

Curator, www.UniteWomen.org
www.KarenGutfreund.com

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Made in Hungary: Ildikó Kalapács, Featured Flootie Artist of the Week

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Ildikó Kalapács is a Hungarian-American visual artist living in Washington state. Her richly layered works, such as her self-portrait, Made In Hungary, reflect her personal explorations of identity through the cultural diversity of her life experiences, and her interest in body language, gender roles, and the human condition.

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In addition to her paintings, Ildiko creates three-dimensional art– mostly ceramic works, with some mixed media and bronze pieces. 
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Digital, Ildiko Kalapacs

Her public art project, The Bearing Public Sculpture Project, in Spokane, Washington, is a life-size bronze sculpture depicting a woman carrying a man in a basket balanced on her head. The man in the basket is holding a military rifle. The work is meant to be a thought-provoking metaphor for the strength of the human spirit under the weight of war. The sculpture has the partial funding of a grant from the Puffin Foundation, but more funding is still needed to complete the project.

View more of Ildiko’s paintings and sculpture in her Flootie portfolio here.
Watch a video interview of Ildikó Kalapács with Dean Cameron, host of Flootie TV, Episode 3:

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This Simple, Elegant Approach By A Photographer in Finland

We received this simple, elegant approach from photographer Anders Lönnfeldt–
“I hope you are having a great summer.
I want to share one of my latest Instagram photos with you. I mainly share my work on Instagram at the moment, since it works best for me. Feel free to follow me on Instagram: https://instagram.com/anderslonnfeldt/
Where do you share you work at the moment? Any great platforms that I maybe don’t know about?
Have a great summer:) Anders Lönnfeldt  http://www.anderslonnfeldt.com/ “
We really loved this, and the photo he sent (below). We replied to his question by letting him about Xposy Multimedia Magazine. Anders took a look at the feature articles on Xposy, many of contemporary musicians and photographers.  As it turns out, Anders has photographed many international recording artists! So we featured his work in an article on Xposy here.
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It’s Tattoo Time – Artisan Leather Wallets, Purses, and White Ink Temporary Tattoos

Before you decide on a permanent tattoo, or on what to get for your next tattoo, try some of It’s Tattoo Time‘s great temporary tattoos–small to full-sleeve–in Retro, Old School, Punk, Rock, Steam Punk, White ink, Henna / Mehandi, and other styles.

 

Temporary Tattoo Printed Japanese YAKUZA Long Mesh Sleeve Biker Arm Sleeves $18.00

Temporary Tattoo Printed Japanese YAKUZA Long Mesh Sleeve Biker Arm Sleeves
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It’s Tattoo Time also carries a selection of artisan created tribal art craft leather wallets and handbags here, including these hand carved leather works below–and when you buy ships free!

Eagle wallet available from Its Tattoo Time

Eagle wallet available from Its Tattoo Time

Hand Carved Traditional India Warrior Skull Tanned Leather Wallet $130.00

Hand Carved Traditional Native American Warrior Skull Tanned Leather Wallet
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Buddha Buddhist Cowskin Skin Leather Carving Patterns Wallet. Hand made wallet ships within 3-4 day, via DHL with free shipping

Buddha Buddhist Cowskin Skin Leather Carving Patterns Wallet. Hand made wallet ships within 3-4 day, via DHL with free shipping

 

Packing and Shipping Limited Edition Jimi Hendrix Giclee Canvas Art to Buyer

Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray 20 x 13 inch stretch canvas Giclee printed –buy on Amazon.com here.

Once the order came in, artist Chris Osborne had this Jimi Hendrix Giclee canvas art print custom printed, stretched and varnished, to ship to the Amazon buyer. She snapped iPhone photos as she packaged the artwork for shipping.

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 She wanted to package the canvas print with care– “I start with foam core larger than the piece then attach a margin of foam core strips around the edges.  Add an extra layer on the outside of cardboard.  Finish with lots of final packing tape around the outside edges,” Chris Osborne says. “Done!  Phew! I spent one and one-half hours carefully packing the limited edition artwork.”
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“P.S. the shine on the print in the second photo is the plastic wrapping around the print.”
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Protective layers of foamcore and cardboard around the Giclee canvas print–for a protective sandwich ready to be inserted into shipping box and sent to buyer insured.
Also in our Amazon store:

Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray- Limited Edition Poster available here.

And a larger, 23 x 35 inch, Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray here.

Jimi Hendrix + 1969 Corvette Stingray limited edition poster, from a painting by Chris Osborne, is the best selling item in the Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store

Jimi Hendrix + 1969 Corvette Stingray, signed limited edition poster, from a painting by Chris Osborne, is the best-selling item in the Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store

 

 

Artist Mark Perry and His Partner Featured in Hamptons Cottages and Gardens

 

Hamptons Cottages & Gardens
July Issue
The Art Of Living
page 216 

My partner John McGovern built his dream house in 2005 and we met in 2006. He always wanted to have the house featured and years later it felt right. I had a conversation with Kendell Cronstom of HC&G and He proposed the possibility of the feature incorporating the home and my art.
Timing was everything! After one perfect, sunny day of shooting, a phone interview and some follow-up we were gifted with an issue more beautiful than We could have imagined. John and I are so grateful to: Editor-In-Chief, Kendell Cronstrom, Writer, Cindi Cook and Photographer Marili Forastieri, and their associates who were helpful and patient during the whole process. See link above for complete feature and more images.

   

The images below are details of two recent works.

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‘The Red Files’ Exhibition, Open Call to Artists: Deadline Friday 7th August 2015

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The Red Files’ Open Call 27.08.15 – 12.09.2015

Curated by Ismail Erbil    Deadline for applications: Friday 7th August 2015

The Red Files is the fourth and final Open Call exhibition at Schwartz Gallery for 2015. The Open Call format has created exhibition opportunities throughout the year for emerging contemporary artists and tested curatorial concepts within the space. Juxtaposing ideas of colour and order The Red Files investigates psychological versus physical space within concepts of the contemporary. Occupying the abstract yet being rooted in a physical ordering The Red Files invites artists to submit work that responds to ideas of untold stories, latent expressions of the self and inverted systems of classification. The gallery space will be reformed through the use of divisions reenforcing ideas of transition and repetition by concealing and revealing physical and perceptual space.

If you would like to be part of ‘The Red Files’ please continue to the applications guidelines below:

KEY DATES:

Deadline for applications: Friday 7th August 2015
Selected artists announced on Schwartz Gallery website: Wednesday 12th August 2015
Private view: Thursday 27th August 2015 6 – 8.30 p.m
Exhibition dates: 27/08/15 – 12/09/2015
Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 1 – 6 p.m or by appointment

FEES:

Application and processing fee: £12 (via paypal) per application of up to two artworks per artist.  The fee is non-refundable. Please include your PayPal Payment Reference Number when completing the ‘The Red Files’ application form.

GUIDELINES:

* ‘The Red Files’ is open to artists living and working in London and the U.K only.
* Work across all media will be considered. There is no size restriction.
* Each Applicant can submit up to two pieces of work, saved as JPG files no larger than 1MB per image ( 2 images in total maximum per applicant).
* Each applicant should attach a one page CV when submitting their application (word doc or pdf).
*No late submissions will be accepted.
* The Gallery will not consider artists work with images larger than the 1MB per image limit.  These applicants will not be considered.
*All works must have been made since 2014.
*Applicants should be aged 18 and over at the time of applying.
* Number each image to correspond to the work list on the application form.
* Schwartz Gallery reserves the right to not display any artwork that is significantly different from the art that was accepted from the submission.
* Work submitted must be available and remain on display until the end of the exhibition with selected artists signing a consignment form.
* Work will need to be collected at the end of the exhibition (Selected artists will be contacted regarding the delivery and collection dates).  The gallery can arrange for work to be posted back to the artists as long as all costs and packaging have been covered by the artists.
* Artists are advised to insure their own works. The gallery will not be responsible for theft, loss or damage to their work.
* Once artists have delivered work, the hanging of the show will be the responsibility of the gallery/curator.
Exhibited works may be photographed for promotional purposes.
The gallery reserves the right to extend the application deadline and re-schedule the exhibition dates.

Please e-mail your completed application form and all required support materials to info@schwartzgallery.co.uk with your name and ‘The Red Files’ in the subject title.  Please address your message to Ismail Erbil.

http://www.schwartzgallery.co.uk/

 

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The Billboard Creative SUBMISSION PROCESS OPENING SOON

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The Billboard Creative SUBMISSION PROCESS OPENING SOON

The Billboard Creative / TBC is working on the last few details before opening submissions for their Q4 2015 show.  They have their guest curator lined up and will be announcing their Call to Artists and new submission process soon.

Sign up for their newsletter here to get their forthcoming Call to Submit your art.

 

 

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What are the 3 Best Social Media Sites to Sell Your Art?

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In the article Buying the Bricks for Your Online Storefront, New York Times Bits and CultureSpectator.com, Harvey Finkelstein, chief product officer at Shopify, said that “small, do-it-yourself businesses have flourished online as social media platforms have exploded in popularity. While web shoppers may rely on behemoths like Amazon and FreshDirect for household staples and groceries”, but when they want a “pair of sneakers or cool T-shirt, they want to buy it from a smaller source, or someone who made it.”

He identified three social media platforms that direct buyers to smaller sites, such as directly to artists websites. “Often, the ideas come from social media outlets like Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, which have made it much easier for people to find images of products they like or want to share with their friends.”

So artists should share their art images and links on Pinterest and Instagram, and also Tweet them. Follow ArtWorld’s new Twitter account featuring the art of emerging artists. The @ArtWorld_Art twitter account is less than one week only and is heading toward 300 followers. Follow @ArtWorld_Art here and tweet your art. ArtWorld re-tweets artist’s work daily. The Artist Marketing Resources Twitter account @TransArtGuide has over 12,600 followers and we also retweet artist’s work from the @ArtWorld_Art account.

Follow ArtWorld’s sister Twitter account @PortraitsAfrica here for tweets of African art and portrait art. As sister account, many art tweets on @ArtWorld_Art are retweeted from @PortraitsAfrica.

 

Turn Your Instagram Pictures Into Art With Canvas Prints

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Did you know there are over 300 million monthly Instagram users? This successful app has been around for less than 5 years, but it has turned into a massive social network and its growth does not seem to stop. Not too long ago, an Instagram picture made the cover of The Wall Street Journal. No kidding! Undoubtedly, Instagram is one of the most popular photo-sharing sites today.

What is so great about uploading pictures to Instagram? Well, it allows you to choose among various filters and end up with professional-looking pictures. You can fix any lighting issues or make your photos look more artistic just by selecting some of the available filters.

Now, since photo enthusiasts take enough pride on their shots to share them with their followers, wouldn’t you take that hobby one step ahead and transform them into canvas prints? All you have to do is select your most treasured Instagram photos and ask a professional online printer like 4over4.com to do the rest.

Choose Among Rolled or Stretched Canvas

The best thing about a personalized project is that you get to choose the photo you want to print, the material you want and where to place it after it is done. It is your project, so there are no rules to follow. Online printers offer several options and you can take your time to choose exactly what you need. For instance, take a look at this canvas print catalog, they let you customize size, print finish and paper type.

When you are creating a small art gallery for your home or office, you can choose either rolled or stretched canvas. Both options will give your space a unique touch However, the best choice depends on your preferences, budget, the space you have available and the desired results. Here is what you need to know to make a wise decision:

Stretched canvas: if you do not want to pay big bucks on expensive frames, choose stretched canvas as they are ready to mount on the wall. Its frameless effect looks great on any wall regardless of the wall color or canvas size. Plus, a stretched canvas is less likely to be damaged.

Rolled canvas: if you have a tight budget or maybe want to build a frame of your own, this is the best option for you. A framed canvas is commonly more durable than a stretched canvas. If you have a special type of frame in mind, go with rolled canvas to make them look vintage, classy, modern or the look that fits your interior design.

Are you an amateur photographer? Do you want to create a charming environment? Log into your Instagram account and choose the most fascinating pictures you have saved. Personalize a space without spending a fortune. Remember that a picture can tell more than a thousand words; it can tell a whole story.

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NEOPRIME Photography, Creative Scoops and Bohemianizm

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Here is a list of some resources for artists:

NEOPRIME Fine Arts museum quality fine art photography prints–an international fine art label of online sales based in Germany.

Photographer Resources here.

Creative Scoops — scroll down on this site until you see *Suggest Something* far left. Click to submit.

Art Magazines here.

bohemianizm  features artists and accepts artist submissions via their site form.

Art Print Sales here.

 

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New Deep West Online Gallery UK + Merge Arts NYC Accepting Artist Submissions

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Artists, visit the Deep West Online Gallery page here for submission instructions.

 

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Merge Arts, New York, is accepting submissions–click here for guidelines.

 

Get the 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art E-list here and here.

Find our  International Art Gallery Directory  here and here.

Art Print Sales resources e-list  for artists here and here. 

Jimi Hendrix + 1969 Corvette Stingray Limited Edition Giclee Canvas Sold in Our Amazon Store

This week we sold a Chris Osborne artwork titled, Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray, Giclee on canvas 20 x 13 x 2 inches, in our Amazon store, available in signed limited edition here.

 

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Linda Coppens | Drawing the Line in a Turbulent World

Swirling colors n4, Linda Coppens, 28 x 19 x 0.1 cm Painting made with inks and oil pastels on Rives BFK paper

Swirling colors no 4, Linda Coppens,
28 x 19 x 0.1 cm
Painting made with inks and oil pastels on Rives BFK paper

Artist Linda Coppens, divides her time between Belgium and Spain.  Educated as a psychologist, she says that those interests led to the development of her artistic theme: “the complexity of the human being and the influence of our past experiences on our current experiences.”

Swirling Colors No 6, Linda Coppens,

Swirling Colors No 6, Linda Coppens, 31 x 25 x 0.1 cm Painting in inks, oil pastels, on Rives BFK paper

Linda says that by drawing upon her training as a psychologist–” I incorporate into my work a variety of ideas, infusing it with another range of textures beyond the pictorial. This gives it a more open-ended character that invites the viewer to appreciate it in her/his own way.”

Linda refers to herself as a versatile painter and enjoys working in acrylics but also in oil and cold wax. “I discovered that the oil and cold wax with its soft, transparent consistency is an ideal material for expressing the layered nature of memory, our past experiences. Every experience is coloured by the foregoing. The transparent or opaque layers in my work refer to these experiences. Each layer shows signs of previous layers and includes pieces of life that are trapped inside. Sometimes these traces and pieces of life come to the surface and determine how the surface looks like, sometimes they stay hidden underneath but there always remain traces.”

When working with a brush, Linda Coppen’s lines become broader strokes, as in her painting series Relations, of which the artist says, “forms, shapes, color and lines in several layers represent the exchange within human relationships.”

 

relation No. 5, Linda Coppens

relation No. 5, Linda Coppens

 

Linda Coppens paintings are sold through her site  in her online shop.

 

Relationship No 2, Linda Coppens

Relationship No 2, Linda Coppens

 

Linda Coppens blog  www.lindacoppens.com

 

Relationship No 4, Linda Coppens

Relationship No 4, Linda Coppens