Happy Halloween!


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Wishing all readers a fun and safe Halloween. Artist Milan Rubio recently told me that in Spain they used to celebrate, with skulls and skeletons, the Dia de todos las Santos or Day of all the Saints, but that now American Halloween has become more popular. While the Mexican Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is becoming more and more popular in the United States, especially in California. In Tokyo, Japan I remember that American expatriates celebrated Halloween with an annual costume party on a train. Halloween was so unusual to the Japanese culture that the costume party made TV news and the front page of the local newspapers. The intermix of cultures gives  me lots of new ideas for Halloween art for next year!

Sugar Skull Mask

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Art-Profiles: A New Social Media Site For Artists


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Visual artists who connect with people in other fields hoping to find buyers,may become lost in the crowd of others who are *not* passionate about art. Yet artists who tend to connect only with other artists on large social media sites such as Facebook may feel some frustration as well. Artists wonder how and where they might connect with art collectors and art-lovers online.

Art Profiles addresses those issues in their  large new social media site for creative people. The site is designed to connect artists with companies and art-buyers. Art Profiles has a *sales* feature which allows artists to post free ads that include artwork prices– yet takes nothing on sales.

Art Profiles is a something like a bigger better Ning site with more features. The site founders provide free marketing tools and even promises to promote your art on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

Open Call For Art Exhibition Proposals

Guyton \ Walker [installation view] at Greene ...

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SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery is now  accepting proposals for an exhibition to be held January 3 – January 28,2012 at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery utilizing all three exhibition spaces at the gallery. The gallery features more than 1,200 sq. ft of exhibition space and more than 200 feet of running wall space.

Artists and curators are invited to submit ideas for exhibitions on any theme, concept, or interest. One proposal will be selected by P.P.O.W. gallery director Jamie Sterns and by the SOHO20 board based on the quality of artists to be exhibited as well as the originality and contemporary relevance of the curatorial concept.

Call For Proposals



Deadline for Submissions: November 5th

Link: http://soho20gallery.com/opportunities/open-calls/call-for-proposals/ 


SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery

547 West 27th Street

New York, New York 10001

United States of America

3 New Limited Edition Giclee Prints From *People Sitting* Series by Milan Rubio

People Sitting #010, by Milan Rubio

We are pleased to offer three new limited edition Giclee prints on  Hahnemühle William Turner 310 fine art paper (with double UV protection) by artist Milan Rubio, now in the Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store.

Sitting People #010 by Milan Rubio http://amzn.com/B0060MJOEA

Sitting People #015, by Milan Rubio

Sitting People #015 by Milan Rubio is offered in a hand-signed and numbered limited edition on Amazon.com http://amzn.com/B0060MIGW6

Sitting People #07, by Milan Rubio

Sitting People #07 by Milan Rubio http://amzn.com/B0060MLHBS

All print purchases include a certificate of authenticity.

The Word Portrait Project

The word portrait project is part private commission, part performance piece. Artist Derrick Hickman works in collaboration with clients to bring their personal stories to life in the form of enlarged colorful text abstractions. The art is both exposing and cryptic. Viewers are drawn into the paintings by their size and appealing palette while at the same time being held back by the confusion of twisted letters and color patterns.

The client provides a written story that is meaningful and revealing and then Derrick Hickman creates a visual re-telling of their story. The abstraction of line, editing of content and selection of color patterns are meant to mimic the relationship of story teller and audience. The inability to control meaning and interpretation as your story gets told and re-told. Clients are able to commission their portrait in three different sizes through the word portrait project website. Commissions typically can be completed and shipped within four weeks. More information can be found at http://www.wordportraitproject.com

Art Station NYC Pop Up Exhibitions


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Art Station NYC Pop Up Ops include plans for exhibitions and art sales holiday events that you can get involved in! Each notice of an upcoming exhibition project or art sale listed on the Art Station NYC site contains an email address.

Do you know how to send a compelling contact email to these opportunities? My ebook guide gives you a quick and easy rundown on how best to make contact. Don’t kill your chances by making all those too common mistakes! Give the right impression from the very first contact. My ebook guide shows you how.

Call for Audio Works: Radiauteur #2 – The Love Issue

Radiauteur  invites submissions of new or existing audio works of all aesthetic persuasions, and/or articles, on the issue of radio and love for the second issue of Radiauteur.

Deadline for submissions: 5th of December 2011

Radio artworks and articles are expected to show evidence of critical thinking and engagement with contemporary and historical radio art practices and theory, addressing a range of questions and topics such as the use of radio to mediate human relationships, the acoustic representation and transmission of affect, the sense of community and belonging via the radiophonic experience, among others.

Please send your submissions to: info[at]radiauteur.com

Format: mp3

If the files to be submitted are bigger than 12 mb please upload it via cloud computing and send a link for download.

Works can also be sent via postal mail to:

F.A.O. Ray Ganz

Centre for Cultural Studies

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross

London SE14 6NWUK

The selected works will be included in  the second issue of Radiauteur, to be published online on the 9th of January 2012 and broadcast at a surprise venue.

The *Pop Surrealism* Art Movement

According to Wikipedia—”Lowbrow, or lowbrow art, describes an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. Lowbrow is a widespread populist art movement with origins in the underground comix world, punk music, hot-rod street culture, and other subcultures. It is also often known by the name pop surrealism. Lowbrow art often has a sense of humor – sometimes the humor is gleeful, sometimes impish, and sometimes it is a sarcastic comment. Most lowbrow artworks are paintings, but there are also toys, digital art, and sculpture.”

LOW BROW AND POP SURREALISM in the Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store

There exists an entire niche of USA artists who are not directly associated with the roots of the LA pop surrealism movement yet still consider their art to be Pop Surrealism. Such niche artists are popping up all over the world. Here are a few examples of Pop Surrealist art available from artists on Amazon in the Transmedia Artist store:

Natalie Woodpecker, by Terry Luc

Limited edition Giclee print on paper from original painting by American artist Terry Luc: Natalie Woodpecker  in Transmedia Artist Amazon store http://amzn.com/B005I6CNPQ

Big eyes are one of the recognizable features in human images created in the style of this art movement–here is an example from Italy:

Jane, by Aurora Massoldi

Jane is a Limited edition Giclee Print on Paper made from an original painting by Aurora of Italy. Prints are available in the Transmedia Amazon store: http://amzn.com/B005LVQQBA

This Russian artist’s digital art shows the prevalence of the Pop Surrealist art movement world-wide:

Kill Me in the Comments is a downloadable digital artwork by Grace Migel

A Digital Art Download  sent via email and on disc, Titled: Kill Me in the Comments by Grase Migel is available for purchase in the Transmedia Artist Amazon store: http://amzn.com/B005TKH10S

New Art in Amazon Store: Paintings on Canvas in Rich Earth Tones

Portuguese artist Marta Lowndes has four of her richly colored texture paintings in the Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro store. All four paintings contain musical references in both their titles and linear incised lines and grids.

Painting on Canvas titled: Fugue 5 op 91 by Marta Lowndes  http://amzn.com/B005YNGF2K

Painting on Canvas titled: Fugue 6 op 92 by Marta Lowndes  http://amzn.com/B005YNFYPY

Painting on Canvas titled: Fugue 4 op 90 by Marta Lowndes  http://amzn.com/B005YNER5W

Painting on Canvas titled: Fugue 4 op 90 by Marta Lowndes  http://amzn.com/B005YNER5W

Chime.In, the New Social Media


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The new social media site still in Beta testing, Chime.In, has been described as combining the features of Twitter, Reddit voting and Blogging. I just joined. The layout is like Facebook but with newsrooms like Digg recently added. Another thing I noticed when signing up, the list of interests to select from had Art on the list! Most sites lump art in with *lifestyle* or *entertainment.* Does that mean the site is a good one for artists? It is free and another place to promote your website and art events.

Sales Tool: Create a Shutterfly Book of Your Art

Digital fine artist William Phelps Montgomery, who is exhibiting at the Red Dot Art Fair this year, advises other exhibiting artists to make a Shutterfly book of their art. “People just love mine,” William said. “They want to see it more than once sometimes. It is a really good sales tool. The paper in Shutterfly books is heavy, the covers are thick and glossy. They offer style and a great way to show prospective patrons or buyers your additional work, quickly. The colors in the printed books are truly beautiful. My people love them.” William Phelps Montgomery  http://www.abstractfineart.com

William shares his ideas and “hard learned tips” for creating a Shutterfly book– below:

Untitled #142, William Phelps Montomgery

William “hard learned tips” for creating a Shutterfly book:

Subscribe to Shutterfly to receive promotional ads. Wait until a GREAT offer of 40-50% off comes in, then use that discount to create your book. Recently there was a Shutterfly promo offer of one free 8″ photo book + $1.00 per additional page. Go with the best deal for your needs for substantial savings.

Once you create your book on Shutterfly it remains on their website so you can easily order more in the future.

Shutterfly is also very liberal with replacing printed and shipped that have not come out satisfactorily. Call them and explain the issues. They will usually replace the book or books at not cost.

William’s tips for creating your Shutterfly book:

“I have made three 8″ x 8″ books so far. Using Shutterfly’s templates can be tricky if you require more flexibility.”

Shutterfly Tip # 1: Alter the template size before inserting your image

Recently I found that a template for the images showed them running top to bottom but when the printed book arrived I found the pages were cut off. I then discovered that the image area could be scaled– although the corner nodes for alteration were not visible. The image area literally needs to be pulled down, reduced in size, then moved up and altered to get a 1/4″ space along both borders so there is a little room for the pages to be trimmed without losing image area. Alter the template size before inserting your new image.

Shutterfly Tip #2: Scale your Image Area

In order to scale an image area, the top and bottom corners are pulled up or down, and in toward the center. In order to crop, pull down from the center nodes. For the most part, if the edges are attended to, the printed books end up close to the previews.

Untitled #149, William Phelps Montgomery

A Call to Artists Specializing in Painting the Human Face, Form, or Identity

Life is beautiful

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A Call to Artists specializing in paintings that represent the human face, form, or identity:

Sprocketbox Entertainment is working on a new art book publication featuring the works of emerging and mid career contemporary artists who use people as the focus of their paintings. There is no fee for submission nor fees due upon acceptance.
To Submit:
Please send up to three lo-res (72dpi) images of work created within the last three years with your contact information to sprocketbox@gmail.com.
Accepted artists will receive an email with instructions for sending higher resolution images and artist information.
Submissions will be accepted until February 1st 2012.
To learn more about Sprocketbox Entertainment, visit www.sprocketbox.yolasite.com.

Tweet Exchange


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My Twitter account @Artozon (Artists on Amazon) for my Amazon store has over 8,000 Twitter followers. Recently, I was offered $6+USD per Tweet to send out sponsored Tweets. This gave me the idea to do a Tweet exchange.

To take part in the Tweet exchange:

Follow one of my Twitter accounts–




I will follow back.

Send me your Tweet of 140 characters or fewer, and I will Tweet it. Either leave your Tweet below in a comment or email it to: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

Tweet one of my 3 Tweets:

Limited edition #Giclee #art #Print – Cotton Candy Skies by William Basciani #buy on @amazon http://amzn.com/B005JZHSL0

Jimi Hendrix & His 1969 Corvette Stingray #Poster  easy to buy on Amazon 

Digital #Art #Print  Metallic Screen #6 http://amzn.com/B005J14A3I  limited edition made @ PC Colour Lab, LA, CA, USA

A New Art ePublication: LHOOQ Magazine

Visit http://www.lhooqmagazine.com for more details and tell your friends...

LHOOQ Magazine publisher Christopher Panzner

I’ve viewed the first issue of LHOOQ Magazine. There is zero fluff. Each page is packed edge to edge with great content–both images and articles. Christopher tells me that the magazine exists exclusively in PDF download at the moment but that he has plans to being out an e-book version in either paperback or limited edition hardbound depending on interest.

Marie Kazalia

Glossom is Looking For Artists

Glossom Logo Design

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 Glossom is a new portfolio site with a difference.  Glossom is a social media network for visual creatives. Whether you work in fashion, design, photography, illustration, video making or any other creative media, Glossom allows you to organize your work into Collections and share them quickly “like a visual tweet.”  A Collection is displayed as a one page montage of 3 or more images. It is a visually appealing way to present your project or an aspect of your portfolio all at once.

Prepare for the 2011 Lucrative Art Shopping Season

Holiday Ribbon

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“With more consumers than ever planning to visit e-commerce sites in search of holiday gifts, now is the time for e-retailers to gear up in preparation for the year’s most lucrative shopping season.” retailonlineintegration.com

Artists selling in the Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store and artists who wish to sell are invited to input any creative idea that could be implemented during the holiday season to help increase sales.

We need to have the store stocked for extreme selling. Now is the time to get in. Have art you want to sell? Complete the form below:

Art Grease Television Show Call for Video Art

Squeaky Wheel

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Call For Artworks: Call for Video Artists: ArtGrease Television

ArtGrease is a long-running Public Access Cable TV Show dedicated to media art. The program highlights works from both local artists and artists all over the world. Commercial free, 100% media art TV. Watch the show on Ch. 20, Saturdays at 8PM in Buffalo or Mondays at 11PM in the suburbs of Buffalo.

ArtGrease is open to submissions from anyone. If you would like to submit work please do so on mini-dv or DVD, (max running time 28 min, NTSC only).

Deadline is ongoing.

Send to: Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St., Bflo, NY 14202 (ATTN: ArtGrease)

Your work may also be displayed in their storefront window or any of their film festivals.

Your entry will also become a part of the ArtGrease Member Viewing Library unless you include an SASE.

Squeaky Wheel
712 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
United States of America

Link: http://squeaky.org/artgrease

Artistay: Free Service Helps Artists All Over the World Find a Residence in France

Pomona Arts Colony

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Artistay helps artists from all over the world to find artist residencies, art colonies, art centers and more, in France.

Artistay studies every artist’s application and supports it by the residence ideally suited to the artist’s requirements. Artistay’s service is free of charge. The Artistay website http://www.artistay.com is in both English and French.

Artistay is a service for artists, writers, architects, academics, art teachers, curators looking for a residency in France as a place to realize a personal artist project.

Make Space Art Blog Looking For New Work

Out of Space and Time

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Make Space is a Chicago Illinois, USA, artist run blog dedicated to showing new work in all mediums. Make Space continually updates artist features, studio visits, interviews and other in-depth conversations about artists work. The purpose of the Make Space blog is to create dialogue through further investigation.

Please send 5-10 images of your art, short bio and a link to your website or blog, to: submit@make-space.net

For video work please send a link to your Vimeo or YouTube video.

50/50 Digital Call for Submissions to Brooklyn Artists Gym

The Brooklyn Artists Gym is extending the deadline for submissions for their winter 50/50 fundraiser until Wednesday October 12! BAG is looking for high quality pieces of artwork. Please consider this as a way to support BAG as well as a way to promote your artwork and network for future art sales. This is an opportunity for artists to gain exposure with art collectors, as well as something to add to your resume. BAG is hoping that artists will submit work that shows the direction of their current work so that this can lead to developing relationships with collectors. If you can help promote this in any way it will be greatly appreciated!

To enter a submission please email us an image of your work at show@brooklynartistsgym.com


Robert Samartino