What You Can Learn From This Artist’s Approach

After I accepted Dan St. Andrei’s friend request on Facebook, he sent me this note:

Thanks for accept, Marie!
It is also a great pleasure for me to invite you to visit my online portfolio. Your opinion will be challenging for me.
Have a nice weekend,

dan st. andrei photography portfolio
Dan St. Andrei in an art director, photographer and painter specializing in advertising, art photography and graphic design. Dan is based in Lisbon, Portugal, and also have studios in Miami, FL and Bucharest, Romania.


His line “Your opinion will be challenging for me” caught my attention. It signaled his professionalism and confidence. His site is impressive too!

Dan’s approach impressed me.  Some artists can learn from his approach.

Here are a couple of examples of how *not* to present your art–

I’ll never forget one artist who asked me to review her site to select art for one of my projects. I took the time to go over her site and copied one of her titles directly from her website then let her know that I could use that one for the project.  She immediately emailed her reply  *that’s not my title!”   Her site is in such a mess that her art is mis-titled and she used that as impetus for lashing out. Another artist sent me a PDF of 100 numbered images to review. There were problems with his numbering on his images. Midway down the list numbers began repeating so that two completely different images had the same number.  It may sound harsh, but most would have trashed the PDF and not replied. But I was kind enough to reply and inform him of the problem. In his responding reply, rather than correct his numbering system and resend the corrected PDF,  he sent me instructions that I should count –1,2,3, etc. Like I needed a lesson in how to count to 100!

Get your materials in order before sending them out. If you need help you will find my ebook guide for artist making submissions  and submission resource lists here.

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Postcard Portfolio Giveaway For Artists

Postcard Portfolio Giveaway For Artists

Next Day Flyers, an online printing company, is offering artists nationwide a chance to win one of 30 sets of Postcard Portfolios. These Postcard Portfolios are perfect for graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and other artists looking to promote their work to potential employers, galleries and clients. It’s a great way to leave a lasting impression and compete in a tight economy.

Contest Details
* Each prize awarded consists of 100 Postcard Portfolios. Each Portfolio consists of 10 4”x6” custom printed postcards, collated, and bound with a Chicago Bolt.
* The postcards are printed on 14 PT card stock and have the option of full color on both sides as well as either UV or matte coating.
* A total of 30 prizes worth $500 each will be given away between April 1, 2012 and April 30, 2012.

The winning artists will be able to upload their own artwork to feature on the 10 postcards.

To enter, artists simply need to visit http://www.nextdayflyers.com/printing/postcard_portfolio_giveaway. Artists can begin entering now, and enter up to once per day. One winner will be randomly selected each day from April 1st – April 30th 2012.

Link: http://www.nextdayflyers.com/printing/postcard_portfolio_giveaway

Deadline: Mon Apr 30th, 2012

Summer Project New York Selecting Two Artists for Exhibit

This is the third year for The Summer Show Project. I usually avoid posting Calls for Artists that involve a fee, but decided this one could be worth the fee for the right artists. The fee could even be a great bargain if you know you are ready for this opportunity. This opportunity gives emerging or under represented artists an opportunity to have their work seen, recognized and reviewed in a professional gallery setting.

The Michael Foley Gallery states that they  “… do not recommend you try to fit your submission into what you might think the gallery is looking for. So, submit what is true for you, regardless of who will be viewing it.”

They will be using a blind jury process.  The curators will not be aware of the names attached to the entries during review.  At the conclusion of the selection process, all curators will then be given the names of the artists who submitted work so that they might follow-up with them directly.

The Summer Show Project New York

Deadline for submission is May 6, 2012.
The cost of submission is $30 by April 22 and $40 by May 6.

The Summer Show Project offers the unique chance for artists to work directly with the FOLEY Gallery.  They are looking for two artists for this exhibition–  one artist that works with photography and one artist that makes works on paper. Upon acceptance, the two artists selected will work on your own and with the guidance of gallery owner Michael Foley to create a well curated two person exhibition.

All artists world-wide and from all disciplines who work in photography and works on paper are invited to apply.

Deadline for submission is May 6, 2012.  The cost of submission is $30 by April 22 and $40 by May 6.

To apply send 3 jpeg images no wider than 1000 pixels or no more than 700 pixels in height.  Resolution must be 72 dpi.  Choose three images that show some consistency while staying true to the type of work you are most interested in doing.  The work will not be chosen based on theme or style–it doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a journalist, a collage artist or whatever–it’s all about the art.

Submit a statement about your work in 100 words or less.  That’s right, 100 words.  A caption or title that summarizes the work would be a good way to start.

At PARALLAX Art Fairs London/NY/Miami Artists Sell Directly to Buyers

P(AF)4–the 4th Annual PARALLAX art fair will be held at Chelsea Town Hall in London, from May 16-18, 2012. Applications are open.

New York: The first US edition of PAF will take place this year in New York City, at 82 Mercer, SOHO, a 50,000 square foot space, August 2-5, 2012

The PARALLAX Art Fair NY is curated. To apply for selection complete this online form.

Miami: Look for Pre-applications for the first PAF Miami art fair on the PAF site.

Artists–Would You Like To Sell Your Paintings to a Paris Art Market?


deco (Photo credit: ax11)

I’ve updated our list of  700+ Places to Sell Your Art--and I think the list must have over 800+ resources by now (but I don’t have time to count them today).

For American artists reading this blog, as well as artists in other countries, you probably have thought about expanding your sales to new markets such as Europe.

Our list of 700+ Place to Sell Your Art contains resources for artists to sell their work in many countries around the world. Today, I’m going to share one resource from the list of 700+ Places…

Art Up Deco is based in Paris, France, and their site is in both French and English. When you visit the site the template of the site design may not seem impressive but some of their artists have world-class reputations. Getting your paintings on this site will make them visible to a new market.

 If you’re an artist, and interested in showing your work through Art Up Déco :

Send them either in printed form, or on CD-Rom (in jpg format), or by email :

1/ an overview of your experiences, training, artistic approach and your exhibitions.

2/ 15 photos representative of your current work, painting on canvas only, with details of format and the technique used for each piece.

3/ your details

By e-mail : responsable.artistique@artupdeco.com

By mail :

Art Up Déco

Artistic Management,

5, cour du Marché Saint-Antoine

75012 Paris

Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope for the return of any printed material.

Our Group Member Robin Antar is the First Female Artist To Exhibit at POP International Galleries

Heinz Ketchup, carved stone, by Robin Antar

Robin Antar has been part of our Artist Marketing Resources LinkedIN group from the beginning. From several Skype conversations I’ve had with Robin I know how hard she works in her studio and promoting her sculpture. So what a pleasure it is to see her receive mainstream press and gallery representation. Congratulations Robin!

Huffington Post Interviewed Robin Antar–read the interview here.

view of Robin Antar's studio

Would You Like To Exhibit Your Art in Berlin Germany?

Berlin at night. Seen from the Allianz buildin...

Berlin at night. Seen from the Allianz building in Treptow, showing the Universal building on the right at the river Spree and the TV-Tower at Alexanderplatz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You are invited to apply to participate in the “2012 PROJECT BERLIN – MAY BE (R)EVOLUTION” project.

Factory-Art Gallery accepts art from emerging and established artists in all media:painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital art, video and mixed media. Submissions are open to all artists without any restrictions based on age, sex, nationality or other qualifications. 12 artists will be selected to  participate with three (3) or more artworks. Gallery reimburses artist expenses.

Exhibition: 10 May > 8 June 2012

Early Deadline: 7 April 2012
Final Deadline: 15 april 2012

Sign up here: www.factory-art.com

View their first two exhibition catalogues: 


Gallery TPW Call for Submissions

Call For Submissions:

Gallery TPW welcomes exhibition proposals from local, national and international artists in all stages of their careers.

Gallery TPW pays artist fees –read the full submission guidelines here: http://gallerytpw.ca/about-gallery-tpw/submissions/

Length of exhibitions: Approximately 4-1/2 weeks

Insurance: All exhibitions are insured against fire and theft

Please include the following with your submission:

  1. Artist’s Statement and Exhibition Proposal: a concise 1-2 page summary of the work submitted.
  2. 10 to 20 images – digital format on Mac accessible CD. DO NOT send digital images as Power Point presentations. Time-based work should be in DVD format.
  3. All images must be labeled with a corresponding image list describing dimensions of work, media, title and year of production.
  4. C.V. or other biographical information.
  5. Copies of press reviews and other support material, if available.
  6. The dates the work will be available.
  7. Self-addressed stamped envelope (S.A.S.E.).

Blogger note: This is just one of many more opportunities on our PDF lists.

Today, We Share Two Resources For Artists

Artists–we have two resources to share with you today.
The art and design magazine Design Taxi’s millions of readers now have the option to view your art with this new Design Taxi  feature >>> –*add your portfolio for free*   <<<click here, on the site  you will see *add your portfolio at far  right.
It costs nothing for you to open a store on  The Bazarr site marketplace sell your creative objects there on commission.  The more you sell the less commission the site will take.  The Bazarr is just one resource on our PDF list of 700+ Places to Sell Your Art  !

Raven Prints by Beth Surdut in Our Virtual Gallery

2 Ravens, by Beth Surdut, one of 3 prints by the artist included in our virtual gallery exhibition (inquiries to: Marie Kazalia, at email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com)

Here is the link to a preview of our current virtual gallery exhibition: http://youtu.be/bPLZXcCTDHo

you can attend the online show by clicking this link:http://gallery.exhibbit.com/exhibition/b72b2895-1fa8-4169-9443-cb7e9457748c/

San Francisco: 5 Alternative Exhibition Spaces That Accept Artist Proposals Year-round

altered space

altered space (Photo credit: indianfilipino)

S.H.E.D. projects is located in industrial West Oakland, California across the bay from San Francisco.  S.H.E.D. Projects provides a temporary workspace for emerging artists and an exhibition space for installations, performances, and other projects. Proposals are accepted year-round. Email: shedprojects@gmail.com

Stairwell’s  is a series of exhibitions accompanied by short publications and off-site group excursions (Field Trips) in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Stairwell’s is a curated project. If you are a Bay Area artist and would like to submit your work for consideration, email 3-5 images,link to your website and a few sentences about your work and how it fits the Stairwell’s projects, to stairwells.sf@gmail.com

Unspeakable Projects represents newly emerging artists working in video, installation, painting, drawing and performance. Send proposals, web links and jpgs to info@unspeakableprojects.com. Include CV or artist statement.

Alter Space–Main Gallery, Peephole Gallery, and Alter Space Print Shop

Alter Space has taken up shop at 1158 Howard Street, a light industrial building built in 1922. The roughly 5,000 square foot space now houses artist’s studios, several gallery spaces , diverse workshops, and a full basement that functions as a Print Shop and common workspace. On the ground floor the Main Gallery and Workshop areas still retain their original wood floors in combination with white-walled brick and timber.

The Main Gallery at Alter Space houses group exhibitions, performances, and events. To submit proposals for this space please contact Alter Space by email (below).
In the Peephole Gallery, conveniently located in the public restroom, Alter Space hosts both group and solo exhibitions. Artists are given boxes in which to create, and the boxes are then made viewable via peepholes in the bathroom walls.  Alter Space print shop is coming soon. Sign up for newsletter or check their site in the near future for digital and screen-printed items and info on how you can become involved.

Alter Space


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103    Phone: +1 (415) 735-1158   Email: contact@alterspace.co

La Boutique is dedicated to exhibiting high-quality, innovative artistic expression  by both emerging and more established artists,  allowing artists to increase their visibility. La Boutique is currently accepting proposals for exhibition in two distinct spaces: Main Gallery as well as  STOREFRONT WINDOW. La Boutique promotes innovative, original, and site-specific installations. Artists and curators are invited to submit proposed work, in 2D and 3D media, including but not limited to drawing, painting, pastel, printmaking, photography, mixed media, and sculpture.

Each of the selected artists will be exhibited for a one to two month-long period. An area will be provided for artist bio and contact information. All exhibitions are actively promoted through an opening reception, a dedicated page on their website, an email blast, a postcard etc…

The main gallery is the bottom floor of a bi-level 2500 sq. space, with tall ceilings, and original building detail, including exposed beams and brick walls. Artists working in all media are welcome to propose solo and group exhibitions for the main gallery. As La Boutique is a multi-function venue, consideration will only be given to proposals that allow artworks to remain installed while the gallery transforms for events.

STOREFRONT WINDOW can be curated independently of the interior main gallery, and offers a unique opportunity to bring artwork to the public and into the street.This deep vitrine is perfectly suited to presentations of three-dimensional works and carefully considered installations of two-dimensional works. The storefront window is accessible to the public at all times, and welcomes a diverse audience. Plan your installation to take advantage of the window’s unique space: which includes large street facing glass panels and a window platform. Each selected artists will receive a $200 stipend for materials and construction.


Interested artists please submit:

  • Detailed Description of Proposed Project, specifying the proposed exhibition space, i.e. window installation or main gallery
  • A detailed Artist Statement
  • Visual documentation: 20 images maximum. Please include only recent work that is relevant to the proposed exhibition. Image files should be in JPEG format

Please submit your complete application to info@laboutique-galerie.com

La Boutique

414 Jackson Street, Suite 101

San Francisco, CA 94111

Art Licensing Q and A With IP Lawyer Free Recording + Live Call Tonight

A free recording for you! Right now you can listen to this great interview with an Intellectual Property Lawyer, answering lots of artists questions about art licensing–http://artlicensinginfo.com/audio-archives.html#AskKBHilfer-Jan2012


Tonight Maria Brophy and Tara Reed will be answering questions about art licensing.

Here are the call-in details if you want to listen live. (It’s free!)

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Time: 5:30 Pacific / 8:30 Eastern
Dial in Number: 712-432-1680
Passcode: 813128#
Google Voice Users: dial in to 559-546-1400


Sunbelt American Made Artist Canvas vs Asian-made Discount Canvases + the Winner of Our Canvas Give-away!

Sunbelt Canvases with packaging

Yesterday UPS delivered a box from Sunbelt containing two sample 12 x 16 inch canvases.  What I noticed right away was the weightiness of each canvas — the substantial good quality canvas stretched over wide wood stretcher bars, with consistent super tight flat corner folds. Consistent corners are always something I look for.  I noted the labels (pictured above) listing the materials—cotton canvas, acrylic titanium white primer, precision squared.

I  removed the clear plastic wrap on the canvases and examined the white primer coats. I noted right away that the tooth of the canvas was visible and present and the finish matte. This is important!

Do you use Asian-made discount canvases? Check the corners, the wood frames, and the labels on Asian discount canvases before you buy. Is the primer matte or glossy and slick. Usually  labels do not mention materials used. Why is this important?

Did you know that lots of artists have had issues with the primer coating on those super discount canvases made in Asia (Vietnam, China, etc)?  In fact, many artists who use an Asian discount canvas will first take the canvas outdoors, spray it down with a garden hose to give it a good soak and then give the canvas surface a good scrub with a hard bristle brush to remove the primer!  The extra labor off scrubbing off the primer and the mess and extra expense of applying a coat of gesso makes that bargain canvas much less of a bargain. Why scrub off the primer? Because acrylic paint doesn’t stick to the primer on some discount Asian canvases! There have even been reports of entire paintings peeling right off of Asian-made discount canvases!

If you are an artist in the US it makes sense to buy American made canvases such as stretched canvas sold my Sunbelt—the canvas is consistent high quality,  the corners tightly wrapped, the coat of white primer is a titanium white acrylic with a matte finish, as it should be, and the wood stretcher bars wide to prevent warping.

Many artists have noticed the low retail price list on the Sunbelt site and made them their source of supply for canvases, wood panels and silkscreens.

Thanks to all who tweeted and sent our promotional canvas give-away blog post to Facebook!

 Winner of our Canvas Give-Away

Seven artists left comments on our blog post making them eligible to win. We assigned each artist a number 1-7 then put the numbers 1-7 into a hat, and then (without looking) drew out a number. The winner # 1  Brenda O.  We’ve given Brenda O’s mailing address to the people at Sunbelt canvas so they can ship the 16 x 20 inch gallery wrap canvas to her.

Join an Artists’ Web Ring

Faith Holland emailed to “Definitely feel free to re-post this wherever you’d like.” So I am sharing it here. I remember Web Rings in the ’90′s and it is interesting that they vanished and are coming back.

Call For Submission For Artists’ Web Ring


I am looking for artists whose work looks critically at any issues surrounding the internet. These works need not be net art, but they must be available online in order to participate. This work could fall under the rubric of ‘post-internet’ art or ‘internet-aware’ art, but this project leaves that kind of terminology to be self-defined by the artist and does not itself assume those labels.

Web Rings were popular in the early days of the consumer internet. People with like interests banded together to form a ring of sites. Each web page in the ring would have a button marking them as a member and connecting them to the next, last, and a random page within the ring.

As part of my own process of reconsidering 90’s web practices, I’d like to revive this old format. The Meta Cyber Arts Web Ring will constitute a community of artists linked together directly—without Google, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, or galleries. It will be a system of mutual support among artists as well as defining a particular moment in art practice in relation to the web.

To be included, please send an e-mail to faholland@gmail.com with a link to your website as well as a short e-mail about why you feel your work fits. Please note, this is an inclusive process and everyone that sends me an e-mail will be included in the web ring.

Once I have a group of participating artists together, I will distribute code to include on the main page of your website.

If you’re interested in helping coordinate this process by contributing code or graphics, please also let me know.

Artist Marketing Resources Exclusive: *F*R*E*E* 16 x 20 Inch Gallery Wrap Canvas Offer

Sunbelt Mfg. Co. has manufactured quality American made artist canvas since 1982. At one time Sunbelt was a large supplier for stretched and gallery wrap canvases in the U.S. Since the China explosion onto the U.S. market they now focus on professional artists and art instructors, working hard to give their customers exactly what they need. Sunbelt provides all types of custom canvas supports at competitive prices.

As a special promotional offer exclusively for Artist Marketing Resources blog readers and Artist Marketing Resources LinkedIN group members Sunbelt will give one artist a 16 X 20 inch Gallery Wrap canvas.

To be eligible for selection to receive the canvas, all you have to do is use the share buttons at the bottom of this blog post to Tweet this post and share it on Facebook, then leave a comment below.

One artist will be selected from those who comment and will receive the 16 x 20 inch canvas sent to them at no cost!

Leave comments up until Wednesday March 20th, noon EST, to be eligible. One artist selected will be asked to provide their U.S. mailing address to receive the canvas. P O box addresses are *not* eligible.

Visit the Sunbelt site to view the other products they offer, including wood panel supports for artists and silkscreen frames. The artist section on the Sunbelt website shows some of the artists that use their canvases. They will always be glad to place the work of other artists in their feature section.

Sunbelt Cradled Panel

Artists, Looking for an Agent to Rep You for Art Licensing?

Big Heart of Art - 1000 Visual Mashups

Big Heart of Art - 1000 Visual Mashups (Photo credit: qthomasbower)

Art licensing is a great way for artists to receive additional income beyond selling their original artworks or limited edition prints. mgl licensing is one of the worlds leading art licensing companies and they are always happy to receive new artwork submissions.

If this company is not right for your style of art, then there are hundreds more to submit your artwork to. Not sure how to make submissions to art licensing companies? Artist Marketing Resources provides resources that show artists how! Get our ebook how-to guide for making your submissions professional–find it here. Then get our list of hundreds of art licensing resources here and start making your submissions to art licensing companies, agents and reps.

How One Artist Used Postcards to Build His Mailing List and Promote His Art

To build his mailing list and promote his art, artist Lars-Erik Robinson posted an online offer to send out a postcard of his painting of Keith Richards to anyone who emailed their postal mailing address to him. The artist posted this offer on LinkedIn specifying that he’d like to send to non-artists as well as artists.

I sent him my mailing address and received a postcard with a hand-written note from the artists that he’d like to appear on my blog. That is, he did some research and found out I had a blog for artists then asked me to blog about him. A simple and effect direct approach. Bloggers are always looking for new subjects to write about.

When I visited the artist’s website www.larserarts.com I noted that he offers his fine art for sale and illustration services.

You might try selecting one of your own artworks that  has a broad appeal for printing on a postcard and sending it out to your Facebook friends, or to LinkedIN professional contacts.

Design Spiffy Custom Design For You For Less $$

“I have more than 10 years of print and web development experience. I bring a wealth of  design principles to designspiffy.com creating a polished and original effective design,” says Sylvia Pekarak owner of Design Spiffy.

Sylvia has developed corporate identities, advertisements and packaging for promotional sales in high-tech design for scientific development and the fashion industry, working with such high-profile clients as Princess Cruise Lines and Toby Keith.  She is ready to offer her personal attention in creating to meet your needs.

Design Spiffy will custom create a logo for you for $50.00 –postcard designs and banner ads for the same low price.

“I am confident that my combination of practical work experience and solid educational training has prepared my design company for the many levels of graphical elements needed in this fast pace evolving, electronic era,” states Pekarek. “I fully understand the level of professionalism and communication required for long-term success in this field,  creating prompt and effective design so your company gets NOTICED.”

Design Spiffy operates on a quality foundation of unwavering ethics and quality results, with satisfaction guaranteed.

Sylvia Pekarek is an artist who studied at the Academy of Art University and majored in Graphic Design, lending her love for art to every aspect of the design process– proof-reading artwork, print, design, art production, and catalog design.  Sylvia says, “I have an artistic eye and it far extends the print graphic world and enters into digital photography, painting, web design,and  illustration.”


At Design Spiffy, Sylvia creates logos and branding elements for a large number of clients, including web to high print quality logos, content, posters, professional presentations, icons, and banners/designs, digital photography, branding, identity development.

See the various affordable packages available to fit your design needs and budget on the Design Spiffy site.

You do not see what you are looking for in one of their graphic packages, Sylvia will create a custom package to fit your business needs.

Contact Sylvia with any questions you might have at:  designspiffy@comcast.net

Design Spiffy online portfolio of experience: http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_details.asp?individual_id=215705

Sample logos by Design Spiffy–

Launch of Williamsburg Artist Oils Blog

Deutsch: Additive Farbsynthese, simuliert mit ...

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Carl Plansky of Williamsburg Oil Paints is an artist in dialog with the paint he mixes and with other artists. He loves the materials of painting and wants to discuss them with you on the new Williamsburg oils blog. Today the blog post is on Cleaning Brushes Without Solvents. Artists may leave comments and ask questions.

In upstate New York you are welcome to visit the Williamsburg paint factory where you can not only see the paint mixing mills at work, but try the paint in their *application area*.

If you would like to receive the  printed newsletter JUST PAINT mailed to you, for news about other paint manufacturers, color mixing and more on acrylic and oil paints, sign up on the Golden Artist Colors site.

Easy Art Licensing: Your Art on e-cards

A custom greeting card made from an ESA/Hubble...

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Artregards  is a curated art site that offers something a bit different. If you are an artist you may apply to join. Once accepted you upload your art. Your art images may then be purchased on the front of e-cards that allow personalized messages to be added inside on the Artregards site.  You the artist receive a share of the purchase price for each e-card that goes out with your art on it.

This is a very simple type of art licensing. Artists hold all rights to their art and may cancel the license with Artregards at any time.

Artregards is based in Switzerland.
Image: A custom greeting card made from an ESA/Hubble image
You will find an extensive list of art licensing resources here.