Originally posted on Canadian Art Junkie:

The edgy Hamilton-based Group of 7 Billion just launched a website for its hundreds of collages, done with wry humour in vintage materials in recurring themes that include cats (lots of them), nudes and space images.  They’re sometimes Monty Python-esque and always recognizable.  This loose collective of friends  was formed in in 2009 and is a mainstay of Hamilton’s monthly art crawl.

The Group of 7 Billion represents artists Caitlin Eady, Drew Taylor, Sean Gadoury & Victoria Iles.

See them also on Facebook, here.

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DreamTime Assignments: Call For Mobile Phone Photos

Angel with mobile phone

Angel with mobile phone (Photo credit: Akbar Sim)

Sign up on DreamTime,  a site where you can Sell Your images and respond to buyer requests for Photos and Illustrations.

Mobile Phone Photos wanted! This Dreamtime Assignment is open for submissions. You may review accepted submissions now.

Here is the assignment open call for submissions:

Almost everybody’s got a mobile phone and almost every mobile phone’s got a camera nowadays allowing you to take pictures using APPs that turn your snapshot into a hot shot. Dream time is looking for mobile for this assignment and when they say mobile, they mean the photo device, the concept, the feeling and the look. With a mobile phone, you’re ready to take pictures at any moment so for the first time they’re accepting both editorial and commercial pictures. Whether you’re using a mobile phone or a regular camera, remember the key word is mobile so keep the mobile style and feeling. Think of what you usually shoot with a mobile phone and regardless of the device used, the instantaneous look is essential. It can be anything mobile, a street scene, a day at the beach with friends, a super concert, a surprise party, an unusual landscape, a celeb making an awkward face, election day facts. What is also required for all submissions are mobile phone applications and filters which turn the common things you shoot with mobiles into uncommon shots fit for wider usage. If you’re a camera person, feel free to use your camera and just apply mobile phone style filters to get a suitable final result. If you’re keen on experimenting with a mobile phone shot for this assignment, check and test your phone settings and capabilities first. A 3 MP minimum resolution applies and Dreamtime will not accept upsampled images. Pay attention to have the phone cameras set for high-resolution and don’t forget that applications work differently from device to device. Best mobile phone-graphers will instantly receive $300 for the first place, $200 for the second place and $100 for the third place.The winners will also get  Dreamstime branded t-shirts. Open for submissions

Artist Agent X

Vega Inspection, Agent X

Agent X is currently showing several of his works in an exhibition at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art, New York City and is a featured artist at ArtLA. In 2011, he was a Semi-Finalist in the New York Art Marathon, and featured in several art publications and positively reviewed in Arte Fuse and The Grid. View more work below and on the artist’s www.agentxart.com, in his See.me portfolio , and in this PDF of Available works.

Smokin, Agent X

Influenced by artists such as Takashi Murakami, Romare Bearden, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Robert Rauschenberg, Agent X creates experimental, multimedia collages, paintings, and 2D artwork. His work is an amalgamation of diverse cultures, past, present and future, and his signature collage street intellectualism is a commentary on the urban experience. The phenomena of pop culture, technology, fashion, music, politics, and race are central to his practice of designing experimental works.

Bullseye Horizons, Agent X

Agent X’s work is influenced by pop culture from the 1920′s to the present. This inspiration led him to create multimedia works incorporating iconic imagery from genre magazines from the past eighty years. By adding paint and other nontraditional and found materials, Agent X creates unique surfaces that transcend any particular era.

Hands, Agent X

Rollercoaster, Agent X

Ice Cream, Agent X

Artist Clare Haxby Gains Visibility Via Melbourne Cup Horse Racing and Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser

Artist Clare Haxby created, displayed and distributed her printed promotional materials at this years annual Melbourne Cup Charity Luncheon. Her contribution towards the day’s events helped raise over $16,500 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Artist Clare Haxby business cards and printed promotional materials

Clare Haxby at the Charity Fundraiser Event

Painting by Clare Haxby on display at event.

One of several paintings by Clare Haxby on display at fundraising event.

K11 Art Space, the Worlds First Art Mall

Find the K11 Art Space, the Worlds First Art Mall, in the lovely city of Hong Kong and online here.

K11 exhibits, promotes and sells local artists and artists based internationally, both in live exhibitions and in their online K11 Design Store. K11 Design Store features budding and exceptional designers from all over the world every season. They like to share with you the designers’ concepts and stories behind their brands, and currently feature design works by an American living as an expatriate in Thailand, and other artist-designers living in France and Italy.

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre

Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is the link to the Artists Club, where you can submit

  • Project proposal(s) on the themes of Art‧People‧Nature
  • Proposed production schedule, including dates
  • Company / artist profile
  • Visual references

Please send all applications to k11art@k11concepts.com.

Successful applicants will receive a formal invitation and membership card from K11.


Artist Marketing Resources provides artists with an extensive international list of Places to Sell your Art  and a list of Art Licensing companies, artist agents and artist representative.


French-Canadian Artist Seeking Art Project Collaborators Internationally

Over the past few months, Didier Bonaventure has been working on his new concept project called Puzzle in collaboration with other artists. He is seeking those who would like to participate. It’s simple, you send Didier 12 photos of you, yes, pieces of you, only the skin (no jewelry, no clothes) such as a shoulder, a back, an eye, nose, naval, neck, breast, finger, buttock, legs, belly, etc … in short, your choice. Then, using your photos, Didier creates a montage. You remain owner of your photos and Didier his creation. Then he’ll send you the results and, if you agree, you keep it.
It is as simple as that. He would like to show this work on Flickr and, most importantly, exhibit the work in a gallery in the future. If a work sells, Didier shares 50% of the profits with you. Didier will be happy to answer all of your questions. The images in this blog post are a small selection of images already created for Puzzle. Didier chooses participants from among his friends, as well as his Flickr and LinkedIn contacts. Connect with Didier via LinkedIn here. Didier Bonaventure’s website in French includes his contact information. View his Flickr portfolio here.

Depuis quelques mois je travaille à un nouveau concept qui s’appelle “Puzzle” (j’ai actuellement 23 personnes qui participent) et j’aimerais te demander si toi aussi tu voulais participer ? C’est simple, il s’agit que tu m’envoies 12 photos de toi, oui, des morceaux de toi, uniquement de la peau (pas de bijoux, pas de vêtements) comme par exemple, une épaule, un dos, un œil, un nez, un nombril, un cou, un sein, un doigt, une fesse, des jambes, un ventre, etc… bref tout ce que tu choisis. Moi, avec tes photos, je crée un montage. Tu restes propriétaire de tes photos et moi de ma création. Ensuite, je t’envoie le résultat et, si tu es d’accord, on le garde.
Voilà c’est aussi simple que ça. Après, j’aimerais montrer ce travail sur Flickr puis, surtout, l’exposer dans ma future galerie. Si vente, on se partage à 50 % les bénéfices. Qu’en penses-tu ? Je peux t’envoyer quelques exemples de montages réalisés avec des modèles et, bien sûr, je peux répondre à toutes tes questions.

Je suis très content de savoir que tu es intéressée à participer pour mon project “Puzzle”. Alors voici une petite sélection des images déjà créées pour ce travail.
Je choisi les participantes à ce projet parmi mes amis, les amies de mes amies, mes contacts Flickr et LinkedIn. Je cherche des femmes (majeures) ouvertes à cette idée qui ont une belle sensibilité artistique et qui, pour l’art ou par curiosité, aime ce genre de projet. Dis-moi.
En attendant de tes nouvelles je te souhaite une très belle journée
Amicalement et artistiquement

Online + Live UK Art Gallery Accepting Artist Submissions

The Cornmarket Gallery  in the UK is accepting Artist Submissions.

According to their guidelines, if you are accepted as a member of Cornmarket Gallery, they work to promote your art not only online but in weekly live gallery events. If this opportunity is right for you it may well be worth the annual membership fee to bring you and your work visibility and sales.

Our Artist Marketing Resources PDF list has thousands of links to galleries at all art world levels.

Current Disaster Recovery Information and Emergency Grants for Artists

New York Foundation for the Arts Source is the United States most extensive database of opportunities and resources for individual artists and arts professionals working in all disciplines including dance, folk and traditional arts, film and video, performance, visual, music, creative writing and translation, and theater. Featuring over 10,000 listings of residencies, grants, competitions, workspaces, business and legal resources and other pertinent information (with more being added everyday), Source is a powerful tool for any artist. Additionally, Source features important listings of emergency grants, disaster recovery resources and other information that addresses the needs of artists outside of their practice.

Artists/Designers Earn Money on CrunchGigs + Top 20 Receive a Gift of an Iphone 5

I received an offer from CrunchGigs to sign up and post my jobs(gigs) free. I tried it. There are other similar sites. You post your offer of what work you will do and for what dollar amount. Unlike other similar sites my offer on CrunchGigs includes my links. Other such sites do not allow links.

This is the CrunchGigs blurb:

You have been found as a good designer on the internet. We are advertising our website CrunchGigs.com this month so we would like you to post your Jobs(Gigs) eg. “I will design a logo for $50″ etc and share it, so that when we start advertising, your gigs also get advertised and you start getting orders and start making money, all the good designers have been sent an email like this, after 3 months Top 20 designers will be given free gift “Iphone 5″ **conditions apply– the free gift after three months will be announced for designers who qualify to be a good designer from the point of view of crunchgigs.com (the website). The designers whose gigs sell the most with most positive reviews will be selected.

Just SignUp and post your Jobs(gigs) @ http://www.CrunchGigs.com/signup

Signing up won’t take more than 2 minutes because of Easy signup process.



How Artists Make Sales of Their Art Using Auction Apps on Their Blogs, iPhone

In Germany, artist Wolf-Gunter Voight holds a twice weekly auction of his Pad Paintings. In each auction he makes one of his iPad paintings available for easy purchase via a Fine Art Auction App on his Blogspot blog. In the screenshot above you will notice that the information and instructions are in both German and English.

Auction apps is a big topic and I am just beginning to explore the many options out there which will take some time. Live Auctioneers offers a iPhone auction app for selling art, antiques and collectables. Get an account free.

Caspio has an online auction and Facebook integration. They offer a two-week free trial. Read this successful case study.

Launching Tweet Swap for Creative Sharing

It's Me Again

It’s Me Again (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have  taken part in Tweet Swap over the past year and I always found  only high quality tweets on creative arts, art and design, photography and such listed for sharing.

The way it works is that you add your tweet to the share list, then select 2-3 from the list to tweet to your followers. Others on the list will tweet your tweet.

This is Zoltan’s project and he just sent out this notification–

Hey guys, just a quick note to let you know that we now have a simple Register Interest page up for a dedicated, proper version of Tweet Swap.

The benefits of being a member are as follows:
1. Grow your Twitter followers (your Twitter handle is included on all of your Tweets sent out by other members)
2. Increase your web traffic (when you Tweet about a post on your website, that Tweet will be re-sent out by other members to their followers)
3. Introduce your Twitter followers to relevant, interesting content from other TweetSwap members
Check it all out here and sign up to find out more if you’re interested. Oh, and please help us spread the word!
Thanks to all of you who have helped us test it over the past year or so.

Public Art Opportunities for Temporary Exhibitions and Permanent Installation

Venice Public Art Walls

Venice Public Art Walls http://veniceartwalls.com/ (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

Shortly after this most recent presidential election, I noticed a bit of news on how a city in the state of Michigan had voted against funding a public arts program. While I am glad to learn that other cities, such as Boston, are expanding their public art programs. The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy  recently completed their planning process for a five year public art strategy supported by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. This new public art strategy currently has two Calls for Artists  for temporary exhibitions of contemporary work, including one for an outdoor light installation. A unique aspect of the Greenway Conservancy projects is that they invite and welcome artist feedback and ideas.

The City of St. Paul, Minnesota, currently has two openings for artist residencies within their Public Art program– with a deadline of October 15th to apply. One artist residency will be designated Streets and Open Spaces and the other Temporal & Engagement with selected artist completing projects in performance, events and social practice.

The are many public art lists of Calls for Artists and RFQs online for your geographic area. To keep up on the latest information, join the LinkedIN group Public Art for Artists, where you can interact with specialists.

Artists Wanted Becomes See.Me

At some point in the past few years, you may have participated in one of the many Artists Wanted projects to promote emerging artists and photographers and award the selected winners a prize. Artists Wanted has now made a major change in name becoming See.Me. Their new name includes a major site upgrade. I just added new work to my former Artists Wanted account, which in now my See.Me profile. It was super fast and easy and I really appreciate this new time-saving site.To celebrate the launch of See.Me, the site is offering over $125,000 in grants and prizes, including their second annual Takeover of Times Square.It’s free to participate. Just start by talking about what you’re most passionate about in the *Your Passions* section. If you upgrade to a pro account you are eligible for more prizes.Every day, See.Me will feature members on their new website to thousands of daily visitors.William Etundi Jr. is the Founder of www.See.Me.

He tells More About “See | Me” : What started as a side project between a few Brooklyn artists has grown into a global phenomenon. Our goal is simple: to support creative people (like you!)

We do this by providing an online space for creatives to show and share their work, by awarding over $1.2 million in awards and grants (with much more to come) and early next year we are opening up our grant making platform so anyone can give and accept grants for the creative work you do.

So far 526,177 people have joined. We’d love for you to be part of the community.www.see.me

Inquiry or Enquiry? Getting it right.


Inquiry (Photo credit: Marco Buonvino)

Many artists hard at work making multiple submissions weekly may send email to an art publishing company, for example, requesting their submission policy and guidelines. In the email subject line should the artist type Artist Inquiry or Artist Enquiry? Which is correct?

According to the Grammar Monster entry on inquiry vs enquiry, in both the USA and UK they are interchangeable words. However, in the UK the word inquiry denotes an investigation, while the word enquiry refers to a question asked.

In the USA, the word inquiry is more widely used and often the word enquiry is thought to be a misspelling of the word inquiry.

So, in practice, enquire and enquiry are more common in British English, and inquire and inquiry are more common in American English. This usage difference may be something to consider to help smooth over differences when doing business internationally. Little things can matter. Also, consider that Australia, India, South Africa, Hong Kong still commonly use British English, while American English may generally be preferred in other parts of the world, such as in Japan, S. Korea, Philippines, and Mexico. In Canada, it may be case by case–some use British English, some American English. When sending email to an arts professional in the USA perhaps it is best to use inquiry to avoid the appearance of a misspelled word. When sending an email to an arts professional in the UK you may want to use the preferred enquiry.

Maybe I could……Ideas For Finding Your Niche Market

This presentation covers many niche markets. A niche market is an extremely focused area of sales where you don’t have much competition.  One thing all the artists have in common in this presentation is that they have found creative new ways to make money by inventing new markets for their artwork! Even if none of the niches here are right for your type of work, this will get you thinking! Watch and listen to it to the end–it is well worth the time you will invest.

Slide Presentation on Shipping Your Art Internationally

I recently sold two of my paintings to a buyer in Europe. I learned that international shipping can be easy or it can be quite involved. There are many factors, and this audio slide presentation covers international shipping for sold art and art for exhibition that will be returned to you. I recommend that you view this to eliminate those surprises that can delay your shipment and add additional expenses.

For instance, including a Certificate or Origin could get your art cleared through customs easily and quickly. From shipping of my art, I learned that you can obtain a Certificate or Origin from your Chamber of Commerce, or from FedEx for a fee. This presentation also provides other resources and reasons for including such a certificate with your international artwork shipment.

New York City Artist Blossom Verlinsky Made Art During the Four Day Power Outage of Hurricane Sandy

Dear Marie

The power went out and there was nothing else to do but paint. In the cold dark space with candlelight augmented by a new eerie silence I began to finish the paintings that I had started days before. The colors took on a new life, shimmering in the flicker of the flame. During the day I was able to paint by daylight, able to actually see the brush I was using. The night came all too soon and I was again surrounded by the darkness and drawn to the light reflected by the canvas. This went on for 4 days, each day colder and drearier than the day before.

Attached are 3 paintings that resulted from the 4 nights of darkness and 4 days of angst.

‘Watching you watching me from the Paisleys’, Blossom Verlinsky

‘Watching Paisley from a Scarf’, Blossom Verlinsky

‘Carnival of Clever Beasts II’, Blossom Verlinsky

Different Roles of the Artist Representative Vs the Artist Agent

This is purely my opinion based on my personal experience–I have not asked any other arts professionals–but, IMO, an artist representative keeps artists in their company *stable* making them available to provide art services to their clients exclusively, while an artist agent gets the artist’s work out their, even hooking them up with artist representatives if that is right for their career. Some artists have referred to me as both an artist representative and an artist agent. Artist agent is more accurate for me by my definition. If an artist-client of mine painted high quality mural art, then I would connect them with this artist representative who handles high-end mural projects. Another artist representative handles commercial illustrators and photographers yet has a shop on their site to sell  fine art photographic prints, posters, books, cards, and canvas art. If my client’s work fit that specific market I would work to hook them up and get their work in that shop!

For artists who like to do it all themselves, I offer my contact list in PDF form for only $18.95. There really should be another one hundred dollars added to that price, but I am generous and like to help artists out. Of course the list is priceless if you use it to make valuable connections to advance your art career.

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Artists, Set Your Availability on Uniiverse and Start Making Money

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English: Vaudeville performer Hadji Ali demonstrating his skills of controlled regurgitation at Egyptian Legation, on March 27, 1926. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do You Have Creative Skills?

On the Uniiverse.com site you can create listings for off-line face to face interactions for your art or arts related services. First, it is fast and easy to register using your Facebook account. Then, create a no-cost listing. If you are an artist click *Skills* and then *Creative skills.* Your services will be available within your geographic area. With your listing their are convenient tools for others to schedule an appointment with you and pay for your services. These have  various settings you choose from. According to the Uniiverse site *if you have design, paintings or photography skills, set your availability and start making money.*

This is from their site: “Is it free to post? Yes, it’s totally free to post. If you decide to charge $15, you will be receiving $15. Uniiverse adds a small variable transaction fee to your price, but this will be charged to the buyer.”

Uniiverse does not charge you when someone contacts you. I’ve had listings on similar types of sites such as Thumbtack.com where I have received many contacts but there is a fee for me to view each of them.

If you have success with Uniiverse, I am always happy to learn of it and possibly write a blog post featuring you and your art.

Guest Blog Post: E-learning Expert Rachel Higgins on the Future of Art Education

Image via Wikipedia Commons

There has been a lot of talk on Artist Marketing Resources about ways in which technology can be used to connect creators with buyers and new audiences, but not as much has been said about how that same technology is actually impacting how art is being created in the first place. In her article today, e-learning expert Rachel Higgins looks at ways in which university fine arts programs are utilizing cutting edge computer-based programs. 

Utilizing New Technology Helps Colleges Draw Students to Arts Programs
To many, the study of technology as a part of a fine arts education would appear to be nearly dichotomous: hard science and art are not often seen as intersecting.  Yet, as technology continues to become omnipresent in our lives, many innovators in arts education and computer applications are discovering new ways of bringing technology into the fine arts classroom. The advantages of technology are proving effective in drawing students to fine arts programs while at the same time helping them learn skills that enhance creativity and even garner employment in other fields.Since the mid 19th century, when the fine arts were introduced into the traditional university by Joseph Henry and Samuel F. B. Morse, the fine arts have been an integral element of higher education in the US. At that time, Henry lectured on architecture in Princeton while Morse lectured on “The Literature of the Arts of Design” in New York City, bringing a new element of culture to an American education system that many felt paled in comparison to its far more established European brethren. Yet soon, fine arts education flourished in US higher education. In recent years, the tradition of fine arts education in the US has been spurred by the growth of graphic design in new media. The growth of online mediums has only increased the importance of visual communication in modern life, with programs like CorelDRAW Graphics Suite assisting artists in translating their abilities to digital mediums. CorelDRAW is a graphic design software program that guides users through illustration, layout, tracing, photo editing and professional web design. Adobe Creative Suite, another digital fine arts program, allows users to draw, paint, animate, manipulate and build websites, video or still images.Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President at Syracuse University asserts there are three main models for fine art education and production. “The first is the stand-alone model, a school or college dedicated to the arts and art-making,” says Cantor. She offers the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the School of Architecture at Syracuse or the School of Music at the University of Michigan as examples. “A second model embeds the arts and art-making into schools, colleges and departments whose central focus is not on the arts and art-making per se,” says Cantor, with the College of Engineering and art-making in entrepreneurship courses in the School of Information Studies given as examples. Cantor’s third model “encompasses institutions and organizations that are ‘public goods,’” such as museums, galleries, libraries or theaters. While Cantor acknowledges that many universities have all three models in some capacity, she encourages “a blending and interplay between them,” through new models.

In creating and utilizing the new models proposed by Cantor, new technologies could provide a significant service. Founded in 2008, ArtWeLove specializes in making and selling prints of contemporary artwork, working with 30 artists, including photographers, painters and multimedia artists to produce high-quality, limited edition prints of their work. “High culture at an affordable price is exciting to people, especially when they can access it on the internet and don’t have to come to New York”, says ArtWeLove founder Laurence Lafforgue. “Artists are dealing with things that are very important, dealing with things in our culture,” says Lafforgue. “It’s a completely new artistic production we are creating, a new kind of production for the 21st century.” For students, this can mean greater and simpler access to modern art, much of which could serve as an integral segue into a greater understanding of the importance of fine art in society.

In terms of traditional fine art education, however, the most promising recent innovation is perhaps Art.sy, an extensive free repository of fine-art images and an online art appreciation guide that went live early in October 2012. After two years of private testing and millions of dollars from investors, the site is hoping to become a source of pleasure, discovery and education for visual art, similar to the way people use Pandora to explore music or Netflix for film.

Art.sy has already found its share of skeptics in both art and technology communities, who question whether digital analytics should be applied to visual art. Yale University School of Art dean Robert Storr is yet unconvinced.“It depends so much on the information, who’s doing the selection, what the criteria are, and what the cultural assumptions behind those criteria are,” says Storr.

However, many in the art and education community are deeply invested in the project. Upon debuting to the general public, Art.sy has already digitized 20,000 images into its growing reference system. Lead by Matthew Israel, PhD in art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, a team of a dozen art historians refer to the building of the reference system as The Art Genome Project, as they decide what codes to use for each piece and how they should be applied. Labels for each piece denote objective qualities such as historical period and region in which the work was created, as well as features such as style and categories like Cubism, Flemish portraiture or photography.

Other categories are more subjective, as Art.sy’s curators might attach terms like “globalization” to give ideological context. With the Art Genome Project, Art.sy’s goal is to make connections among artworks that are seemingly disparate, with a catalog encompassing pieces from the British Museum, the National Gallery in Washington, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and others. Recently, Seb Chan, director of digital and emerging media for recent Art.sy partner Cooper-Hewitt asserted sites like Art.sy are not meant to replace museums or galleries, but instead to help art neophytes to stretch the boundaries of their taste. “You shouldn’t need to be a scholar to discover works of art that you might be fascinated by,” says Chan. “The Art Genome is another way of creating serendipitous connections.”

While technology should not be used as a crutch or a replacement for the tangible, physical elements of art education, it can be an excellent supplement to traditional methods and philosophies. Technology democratizes the world of fine art by allowing anyone with a WiFi connection to at least acclimate themselves to the norms of history of the classic as well as modern art world. In an age where most young people are far more familiar with consumer software and computers that with gallery books or museum archives, technology can serve as natural introduction to a wider world of rich cultural history.

Readers interested in more information on this and similar topics should check out more of Rachel’s work, most of which centers on the digitizing of higher education.