Artists: Do You Want to Accept Crypto Currency for Your Art?

Crypto currencies– Bitcoins and AppleBytes.

AppleBytes may be described as a grassroots New York City artist-founded movement in development. Using Applebytes may be the digital era’s equivalent of dropping coins into an artist’s tip jar. Although AppleBytes are starting in New York City, the nature of digital currencies is that they can be used in any city around the world! Bitcoin is a new digital currency. Both AppleBytes and Bitcoin have a digital wallet (a sort of “digital purse”).

Using either crypto currency–AppleBytes or Bitcoin– is as convenient as using a credit card but without incurring high fees.

This short video explains the concept of sidestepping banks and fees using crypto currency:

Do Your Want to Accept Bitcoin payments?

You can accept Bitcoin as a Etsy shop owner, Shopify, BigCommerce and many others–a long list of commerce platforms will appear in a drop down menu to select from– you can immediately receive Bitcoin payments over the Bitcoin network and attract a new and growing customer base of Bitcoin users. You can accept Bitcoin directly, completely free of cost. You just need to run a wallet software. You can find a list of available wallets at bitcoin.org. As soon as you have your Bitcoin wallet set up, you can send and receive Bitcoins.

One of the most secure wallet options for Bitcoins is GreenAddress.it

Here is a short video on GreenAddress.it:

Are you thinking about accepting Bitcoin as a payment method for your art or online shop? The payment gateway BitPay offers you:

  • The ability to accept Bitcoin payments and receive EUR deposits to your bank account.
  • Pay-outs via BitPay are offered both in Bitcoin and Euros, as well as any combination of both (for example 25% Bitcoin, 75% Euro pay-out to your bank account).

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Sign up for a Bitpay account here: https://bitpay.com/start

Sign up for a AppleBytes account here: http://www.applebyte.me

Using Crypto currency–AppleBytes:  The creators of AppleBytes ask you to imagine you’re at a live performance or show and want to give the artist something. You can use AppleBytes right from your mobile phone.  When you’re watching Youtube you can give artists some AppleBytes. On Facebook don’t just click “like” but give some AppleBytes and then post about it. Encourage artists with AppleBytes!

With AppleBytes it is easy to gift your favorite artists electronically, first as a token of appreciation, and eventually as AppleBytes becomes known in New York City they can be exchanged for food, drinks, all kinds of services from local merchants, as well as exchanged for Bitcoins and other crypto currencies.  AppleBytes can be given to any artist anywhere in the world.  (I have 500 AppleBytes in my wallet. I’m sending them to artists. Just tell me where. My email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com)

How Artists are Using Crypto Currency: Cointemporary is an early example of an online exhibition of international art for Bitcoin. Valentin Ruhry and Andy Boot are the two artists who run Cointemporary, posting their own work for sale, and occasionally the exhibition also displays artwork created by different artists. Cointemporary is their online platform showcasing a single artwork for seven days allowing buyers to purchase the work using Bitcoins.  At the end of each week a different artwork is displayed and available for purchase.

Get business help: Coinfinity will help you understand Bitcoin and integrate this technology into your business. Contact Applebytes via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/applebyteme

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Artists: 3 tips for landing press, and artist Karen Fitzgerald’s Video Interview Advice

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An article on 3 tips for landing press for your business has circulated on the web this week. As a blogger, I like the first tip in the article:

1. Start small and targeted. Connect with the bloggers that cover your industry and build a rapport with them. You’ll get on their radar, and if they choose to write about you, their story could get picked up by a major publication, leading to even more coverage.

Yes, as an arts blogger, I often feature active artists who support my Artist Marketing Resources blog promotional projects. Find out other ways to get featured on this blog and discover other art blogs and art magazines on my 57 page e-list of publications for artists.

Getting press coverage, on a blog, in a digital magazine or print magazine, or in a video interview, means that you will be seen by a new audience and reach a new market. You can also excerpt your feature article from the publication and share it on your blog and on social media. If you are interviewed on camera, you can post your video interview on your blog, on your YouTube channel and share on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook etc.

Artist Karen Fitzgerald is one professional artist who knows how to get press coverage. Watch Karen as she energetically talks about her work in the video interview below. Karen says,  “It happened at an art fair I was participating in Manhattan, New York City in the Fall of 2013.  It was a very “happenstance” moment.  These 2 gentlemen were roving around interviewing people and asked me if I’d like to be part of an interview.  I said yes!  They were sweet and funny and so easy to work with. They were enthusiastic and made me feel very comfortable.”

Karen’s Advice to Artists: if you know ahead of time that an interview is coming up, plot out 3 or 4 main ideas you want to share. (For example: what the current work is about; your process; your historical or contemporary influences.) Don’t get too complex with your ideas – let the interviewer ask a follow-up question if they want to know more about what you just said.

If you don’t have time to prepare, speak off the cuff in as genuine a way as you can.  Ask your interviewer for 30 – 60 seconds for you to gather your wits before they roll the camera, if that is appropriate.  Smile a lot. Pause. Breathe and let your interviewer ask questions.  Know you are never going to get said everything you want or might need to.  Ask politely for the interviewer to post contact information about you and your work.

 

Artist and expert fine art gilder Karen Fitzgerald is hosting a day-long gilding workshop on September 9, in Long Island City, Western Queens, New York City. Find out more here: http://fitzgeraldart.com/gilding-workshop/ 

During my communications with Karen about her video, she didn’t miss a beat, but immediately sent me details on her gilding workshop, asking if I could post about her workshop along with the video.

Follow Karen’s lead. Connect with art bloggers and share your artist news with them. Have all the details in place– press release style or as an announcement–include images and links. If a blogger has an opening, you could get featured on an art blog. (Find more art blogs on this 57 page e-list of publications with artists. Read their submission guidelines and submit your artist news.)

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The Human Figure in Motion: Couples Pillow-Fight, Dance, and Swim Together in Energetic Play in the Paintings of Allen Bentley

 

Sweet Nothings, Allen Bentley

Sweet Nothings, Allen Bentley

 

“Sometimes having a good start to a painting can be like a springboard, launching you forward in the process,” artist Allen Bentley wrote in a recent post on his blog.

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Pillow Talk, Allen Bentley

“Other times the good start creates stress as you try to hold onto the strength of the initial drawing instead of allowing the painting to develop on it’s own.  The beginning gesture of a painting is my favorite part of the process.  Those first few lines can tell you if you have a fight on your hands or a really good ride.  The whole painting can be found in the first few marks.”

Leverage, Allen Bentley

Leverage, Allen Bentley

Allen Bentley is making his mark with images of swimming couples, dancers made of quick, energetic touches and a bedroom series the artist calls Pillow talk.

Catch a Tiger, Allen Bentley

Catch a Tiger, Allen Bentley

His work focuses on the dynamics of the relationship of a couple at play underwater, in the intimacy of pillow fighting, and through the vitality of dance.  All these bodies of work rely on motion, energetic brushwork, and strong color. You may view images of his work on Allen Bentley’s website: www.allenbentleystudio.com
Rolling Through, Allen Bentley

Rolling Through, Allen Bentley

Allen Bentley received his Master’s of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 and his Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Western Carolina University in 1996. Bentley was represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery from 2001 to 2013 and is currently showing with F.A.N. Gallery, both in Philadelphia. He has exhibited across the country, with solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and San Diego. He has shown in the Philadelphia International Airport and in Artworks at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2009, Bentley had his first solo museum show at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. Bentley lives in Montgomery Village, MD with his wife and children.

Release, Allen Bentley

Release, Allen Bentley

New Pinterest Group Board Where Artists Include Retail Price On Image Pins of Their Art

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I created a new Pinterest board this morning, Art Direct From Artists, where artists may pin images of their available art with retail price on each image. For artists who pin their art images to this new Pinterest group art board, I will re-pin your images to other appropriate Pinterest boards, plus every time I pin or re-pin your art image it will appear in my Twitter feed. I’ve had several top art galleries favorite Pinterest images in my Twitter feed for @Transmediartist. Plus, there is a new Pinterest option, a *Send Board* button at the top of the board. Once the board has artwork with retail prices I will work to find interior designers and other art buyers to send the board to. As creator of this group board I have curatorial options to remove any images that do not follow the board guidelines, such as lacking retail price or poor image quality.

If you’d like to add your art to the new Art Direct From Artists Pinterest Board simply let me know your Pinterest user name in a comment here. Once I add your user name to the group board you will receive an invitation via Pinterest. Accept, read the short group tips and instructions and add your art images. Add as many as you wish. (UPDATE: Please add Marie Kazalia on Pinterest to make it easy to join this group broad.)

Be sure to include your retail price on your Pinterest Pins of your art images!

While Social Media Examiner articles are not specifically about marketing fine art, their recent article 7 Pinterest Marketing Tips to Improve Visibility really hit the nail on the head for art marketing on Pinterest.

Social Media Examiner‘s #1 tip for using Pinterest–

#1: Include Price Tags

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Pinterest users aren’t just looking for creative inspiration on the network. They’re also ready to buy.

Make sure you include a price tag in the pins you create or repin. After all, Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn combined. More importantly, Pinterest pins with prices get 36 percent more likes than those without.

Providing a bit of general inspiration is great, but as a business person and a marketer you ultimately want to drive traffic to your site and inspire a purchase as well.

Public Artists Website: Provides Artists Interested in Public Art with Opportunites / RFQ (Request for Qualifications)

Artist may sign up free on the Public Artists website www.PublicArtist.org.   Once you have your account set up you may select options to receive email notifications for opportunities. You can select local, national or international opportunities, and also–

Select the types of projects and media for which you would like to be considered.

 Architectural Arts
Bronze
Ceramics
Glass
Kinetic
Landscape
Light
Metal
Mixed Media
Mosaic
Multimedia
 Murals
Painting
Photography
Reclaimed/Found Objects
Sculpture
Sound
Stainless Steel
Stone
Textile/Fiber
Water
Weathering Steel

On the PublicArtist site you can search for public art projects that require electronic submissions.

If you are an artist interested in getting a public art contract, below is a sample of a current RFQ or Request for Qualifications, the first step of the process. To submit to a public art project RFQ, you are not expected to provide your completed art proposal, but rather a statement of interest in the project, including your general approach and experience working on comparable projects in regard to size, scope, and budget (1,000 words maximum). This statement should take the form of a description of the process from design through finished installation rather than that of a specific design proposal. Include Up to ten images of previously completed work relevant to the project.

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PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY for GE AVIATION – ASHEVILLE, North Carolina  REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)  announcement date: August 4, 2014

OVERVIEW

Budget:  $40,000.00

Eligibility:  North Carolina Artists

Submission Deadline:  Friday, August 29  5:00 PM EST

Installation:  Spring 2015

PROJECT AND SITE DESCRIPTION

GE Aviation – Asheville, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, seeks to commission an aviation inspired piece of public art to be installed at the entrance of its newly built advanced composites factory located at 502 Sweeten Creek Industrial Park, Asheville, NC 28803. This 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the world to mass-produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite materials.

GE Aviation – Asheville is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business, and general aviation aircraft, and ship propulsion applications. A jet engine specific reference is desirable, but not required.

ELIGIBILITY  This opportunity is open to any artist or artist team living and working in North Carolina. Preference will be given to artists living in the 23 counties of western North Carolina.

SCOPE OF WORK

The piece will be installed outdoors in a 10’ by 10’ square space (vertical dimension flexible) near the entrance of the building. Any necessary footings or site preparations will be the responsibility of the artist

Climate, maintenance, safety, and durability must be addressed in the design. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic must also be considered. Incorporating green practices or materials is desirable. ! The finished piece will require little to no regular maintenance. The selected artist will be expected to collaborate! with all necessary parties for the successful installation of the piece.!

PROJECT SCHEDULE

Friday, August 29 Submission of qualifications due by 5 PM EST
Friday, September 5 Notification of finalists
Friday, September 19 Selection committee interviews
Friday, September 26! !Notify selected artist
Wednesday, October 15! !Presentation by artist at grand opening
Spring 2015! !Installation of completed artwork!
SELECTION PROCESS

Up to three finalists will be selected directly from the initially submitted RFQ applications to present detailed proposals. From the pool of interviewed finalists, the selection committee will commission one piece.

A selection committee of five to seven members, including an artist or public art professional, and at least four GE Aviation – Asheville representatives will review submissions and award the contract. Plato! Strategies, a public art consulting firm, will facilitate the selection process.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Professional qualifications

Previous experience in design, production, and installation of public art.

Approach to the project,  articulated in the statement of interest. Appropriate facility and technical capabilities for design, production,  and installation!

  • Demonstrated ability to work within a budget and meet deadlines

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Friday, August 29, 2014 by 5:00 PM. To ensure fairness to all, there are no extensions or waivers of deadlines.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Responses to this RFQ will only be accepted electronically at www.PublicArtist.org. If you aren’t a member you will be asked to set up a free account. From there you can search for this project and related planning documents. Mailed or hand delivered hardcopy packets, videos, or optical media will not be accepted.

Once logged in to the application site you will be asked to submit the following information:

‣ Artist(s) name(s), name of business, mailing address, phone number(s), email, website.

Artist’s bio

  • A statement of interest in this project, including general approach and experience working on comparable projects in regard to size, scope, and budget (1,000 words maximum). This statement should take the form of a description of the process from design through finished installation rather than that of a specific design proposal.

Up to ten images of previously completed work relevant to this project.

A resume (two pages maximum) for each team member highlighting professional accomplishments.

  • A list of three professional references with contact information: name, title and affiliation, phone number, and email address. References should be able to speak to your ability to provide services for a public art project of similar size and scope.!

Any proposed design accompanying this RFQ submission is optional.

FINALISTS

Each finalist will receive $1,000 to cover costs to present their concept to the selection committee. This amount is intended to cover all phases of research, concept development, and associated costs

including travel, materials, samples, and models.

Interviews with the selection committee are scheduled for Friday, September 19, at the GE Aviation – Asheville offices.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This project is managed by GE Aviation – Asheville, under contract with Plato Strategies.

All correspondence and communications by and between applicants and members of the selection

committee should be directed to: Geraldine Plato http://www.PLATOstrategies.com  email: geraldine@PLATOstrategies.com

Discussion regarding this project, by and between any applicant and any member of the selection committee outside of regularly scheduled meetings during the selection process may be grounds for the disqualification of the applicant. Such determination shall be at the discretion of GE Aviation – Asheville.

The commissioning of an artist or artists by GE Aviation – Asheville and the pursuit of all GE Aviation – Asheville activities are implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual

orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or age.

GE Aviation – Asheville reserves the following rights:

‣ to modify this solicitation and to request additional information from participating artists

  to reject any or all applications or proposals, to reject any finalist, to waive informalities in applications or proposals, or to terminate the selection process for any project without prior notice!

  • to make selections from invited artists in addition to submitted applications or in the event that insufficient or inappropriate applications are received.
  • to terminate any project prior to the commission of the work when the termination would be in the best interest of the project.

The selected artist(s) will enter into a contract with GE Aviation – Asheville. A copy of the provisions of the contract is available upon request.

Artists retain all rights of copyrighted materials submitted, except as limited by this section. By submitting to this RFQ those artist(s) responding to this prospectus agree to a copyright release for controlled usage of the submitted materials for committee distribution, GE Aviation – Asheville, shall not! be responsible for any third party infringement of artists’ copyrights.

INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

The chosen artist will be required to provide certification of:

GE Aviation – Asheville requires that the final approved contract for professional services specify that the selected artist(s) shall maintain at all times during the term of the contract, at its sole expense:

Statutory workers’ compensation in accordance with the laws of the state where such compensation would be payable. Employers’ liability (Coverage B) with limits of not less than $500,000 per accident. Automobile liability insurance on any owned, non-owned or rented vehicle with limits of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence combined single limit bodily injury and property damage. Comprehensive general liability, including products liability, completed operations liability, blanket contractual liability, broad form property damage and personal injury liability insurance with limits of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence combined single limit. Professional services liability for a limit of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence. Visual artists cannot obtain professional liability insurance; however, in the event that services delivered as a part of this agreement require professional services by a subcontractor of the ARTISTS, Professional Liability, Errors and Omissions coverage shall be provided by the subcontractor. “Professional Services”, for the purposes of this agreement section shall mean any services provided by a licensed professional, such as structural review or engineering. The subcontractor of the ARTISTS shall provide a certificate of insurance to ARTISTS as to proof of Professional Liability Insurance.

GE Aviation – Asheville shall be named as additional insured and be provided with a certificate of insurance prior to the effective date of the contract or any renewal contract. GE Aviation – Asheville shall be provided with all renewal certificates within 30 days of the expiration date of any and all policies listed on the certificate of insurance.

houzz now has Free Websites for Artists optimized for mobile and desktop

I’ve previously written on and recommended the houzz site to artists. Houzz is where artists may connect with interior designers and home owners who may be interested in purchasing art. Houzz also has options for artists to upload project collections containing images of room views with their 2-D art on the walls or 3-D art on table tops.

Now houzz has done something truly amazing for artists! Yesterday, I received a notice that houzz had created a website for me! To set up my new houzz website, I selected a template, updated with new images and then clicked the Publish button. It was that easy. I also discovered that houzz provides the option on my new houzz website–which you can view here-- to use my site URL to direct visitors to my personal art website. With only minutes required to set up how could I not use this great houzz resource to drive traffic to my site!?

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Houzz knows how important it is to have a professional website that is optimized for mobile and desktop, so we have created a free website just for your business!

To preview your custom site, make sure you are signed in to your Houzz profile and then click here to see it. Click the green “publish” button if you are ready to share it with the world, or make any changes to the design and content by clicking on “edit my site”.

If you need any help, just sign up here for a free consultation with a Houzz expert.

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Local Lift Is A Kickstarter For Local Businesses

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms have been a big hit with product makers and creative types, but a new company called Local Lift wants to bring the power of crowdfunding to those in the local, small business community, too.

With the Local Lift platform, business owners are able to raise funds directly from their customer base and the community at large by running 30-day campaigns for small amounts of funding, usually averaging around $7,000-$8,000, based on early trials.

The idea for the startup comes from a team with financial and business backgrounds, including former Harvard Business School grads, Broderick McClinton, who previously worked at BlackRock and spent time in New Orleans working on economic development issues; and Eric Sonnier, previously of Deloitte and mobile ad startup MdotM. Meanwhile, CTO Matt Christen’s background involves development work on high-frequency trading platforms.

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imgfave app, a New Art Gallery, and a Call for Proposal Submissions

 

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In my daily research I’m always on the look out for opportunities for artists. In case you missed these found around the web this week:

The art gallery Haunch of Venison London closed not long ago and now the former gallery directors Ben Tufnell and Matt Watkins are launching a new gallery, Parafin, in Woodstock Street, Mayfair, London in September 2014. Founder of London gallery Master Piper, Nicholas Rhodes will join them on this new venture. The new Parafin will represent emerging artists and internationally established artists.

Find a 261 page list of clickable links to International Art Galleries here.

Deadline for proposal submissions for Project Anywhere 2015 program is September 1, 2014. Proposal guidelines can be found here.

Project Anywhere is an expanded exhibition model encompassing the entire globe in which the role of curator is replaced with a peer review system. Emphasizing art outside conventional exhibition circuits, Project Anywhere specifically promotes the work of artists at the outermost limits of location-specificity.

I added the imagfave free app to my iPad just this morning. imgfave seems to be a great site for sharing your art images large and getting others to share them on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.  It’s easy to create a new account on imgfave and immediately upload your art, or try some cross-promotion with artist friends–upload one of their art images and have them upload one of yours.

Artist Guest Blog Post: Rod Jones, Breaking the Habit of Seeing

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I know on the surface this may be a bit unsettling to the Visual Artist. Consider that artists spend a lifetime being inspired by visual impressions and the interpretations thereof. What you see and what ultimately ends up in a work of art is invariably not what many artists intend. It’s comforting that you can always fall back on “I meant to do that” or “This came out better than I imagined, I must be a genius”. The reality is often a blend of all three.

For me I was extremely lucky. Vacillating between painting and photography at a very young age, I not so quickly determined that a camera presented a better future for someone with my personality and traits. Having the gift of gab, which I now understand made up for my now fashionable Dyslexia seemed to be a natural genesis of photographing people and objects for money. Commercial Photographers need to know how to sell. Most of the time your ability to communicate visually comes in second place.

Making the transition from Photographer to Brush Artist created a serious dilemma. For years I saw images. In fact, to this day I have to be somewhat careful as to what I expose the minds eye to. A real torment is television news. I can hang onto those images for a lifetime. Not a good thing. I take great comfort in visiting an art gallery, zoo, leisurely walk in the desert or by the ocean. But this in itself is laced with its own visual trickery.

What was your inspiration for that painting? It’s fun to be asked and even fun to explain. But to me this is the curse of really true originality. If you want…and this is not for every artist…you may embrace…Breaking the Habit of Seeing.

Give it a go…stop seeing with your eyes and try to develop visual thinking from within. Let your mind do the dictation. I’ve heard the pioneers of Modernism espouse this mantra. But as I’ve studied their work, more often than not, they were just smearing colors into shapes giving these works an esoteric title. I give Pollock credit for at least saying he was being directed by his sub-conscious mind when he was in the zone. Even he was surprised to see what ended up on the floor canvas. It’s not his work that I necessarily admire, although it’s quite good, but the fact he was forced to give a deeper meaning to his creations and managed to pull it off.

You will know when you pass the inspiration zone and start developing work that is purely inner brain driven. At first you will play hell trying to interpret what messages you’re receiving. The trick is to not be analytical but work at reception. Be prepared for a specific theme to emerge. Depending upon what’s going on deep within your psyche you can pull this off in a matter of months. For me this was a happen-stance. I started out painting what I saw, and I quickly realized that other than technique there was virtually no originality.

Don’t be judgmental of your creativity and never allow others, no matter their level of expertise to judge your work. Let it flow naturally…no time constraints or urgency. Hemingway would write every single day in his Moleskine notebook and commented, “This is crap.” But he also knew where those snippets of creativity were taking him. For every hundred paragraphs of disjointed words, he would give birth to brilliant prose…and he recognized it when he saw it. We can all benefit from the daily flexing of our creative muscles.

Be original…don’t play follow the follower. I realize that this method can improve technical skills but you will be better off in the long run paying less attention to what medium or color palette to use. If you need inspiration clear your mind in front of a blank canvas and be prepared to make many trips to your mind’s ether. During my journey the only reality was the style or name I gave my work. I call it Receptive Abstract Patternism because that is exactly what my history served up from the deepest and rarely visited niches of my mind.

Insight – Rod Jones

Insight – Rod Jones

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Get Back Into It Sale: 10% Discount on All Artist Resources Now Until End of August

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Believe it or not it’s about time to start thinking of September when much of the art world comes back to life!

Artists, now’s the time to get your art submissions ready and your marketing plans in gear. To help you gear-up, all ten artist helps in our Artist Marketing Resources webstore will be 10% off now through the last day of August!

Enter Code: AUGUST14  when you make your purchase in our webstore 

Get 10% off the International Art Gallery list of 157 pages of clickable links now until the end of August when you use the code: AUGUST14

Use discount code AUGUST14 to get ten percent off the Art Licensing resource, Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook Directory of Art Consultants,  1,100+ Places to Sell Your ArtPhotographers Resources, Art Magazines,  E-Postcard Marketing Plan A and E-Postcard Marketing Plan B, and Art Print Sales Sites.

 

 

Artists: Use Free Tools on CuratorSpace to Manage Your Art Submissions

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Artist may open a free account on the CuratorSpace site and add your details and images for creating your submissions for Open Studios, Artist book fair exhibitor applications, Arts and crafts fair applications, Residency proposals, Exhibition proposals, Artist portfolio, 2D/3D art, film/video, and sound art. The advantage of creating your submissions in these categories  on CreateSpace is that you won’t have to recreate the entire submission for each opportunity. For instance, if you submit to Open Studio every year, all your details are already in place for reuse. The same with your exhibition proposal, you can reuse your proposal for multiple submissions. Make as many submissions as you like with just a few clicks. A real timesaver!

The CuratorSpace site also has a list of exhibition opportunities for artists and if you have a project the site allows you to create your own call for artists and accept submissions.

For more help with submissions, read the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook

Find an extensive list of galleries that accept artist submissions and proposals here.

Video: Pinterest Adds New Image Share Feature

Just a few days ago, Pinterest added a new feature. You can now send messages to your friends and share images. Which means you can send someone an image of your art via Pinterest. The Social Media Examiner  wrote an article on this new Pinterest feature, that, “when someone shoots you a pin, you’ll be able to reply with a message or send a pin back,” and “you can also send pins and message to multiple people.”

This video shows ways users share pins–

Minted Prints Design Contest Deadline August 11th

Submission Deadline: Monday, August 11, 2014 at 10am PDT 

From vintage prints to contemporary art designs, Minted’s artists provide a diverse assortment of artwork available as prints. Submit your art here.

EDITORS’ PICKS AWARDS: 

Pieces selected as an Editors’ Pick will receive a $100 prize. All top placeholders and Editors’ Picks (including special prize winners) will earn a commission of 10% of net sales of the products sold, in addition to the cash prizes.

This is a form of art licensing, and another one on our list print sales site where artists can generate income from their art.

After you submit there’s a badge like this to post to your site:

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Lambda Art Printers and Web Offset Printing Video Tours

American digital artist William Montgomery creates his artworks using an iPad, then prints each to large sizes on paper in limited editions mounted to museum grade plexiglass. He works with printers in the US who own and operate large format Lambda printers, such as the one featured in this video:

For other projects, differences of printer choices between web offset printing and sheet fed capabilities effect speed, quality and price. Exposition Printing has facilities in the USA, Argentina, Asia, Mexico, and Europe–Los Angeles, CA; Tijuana, Mexico; Brussels, Belgium; Milan and Rome, Italy; Singapore; Hong Kong; Barcelona, Spain; Lyon, France; Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul, Korea. They specialize in brochures, magazine and catalog printing.

Advice from Exposition Printing:
You’ll find that if you’re producing more than 50,000 copies of a 160 page letter size or brochure, web offset printing will cost less than sheet fed printing. That’s simply because a web press is about 4 times faster than a sheet fed press. It’s also going to be much more expensive than a traditional sheet fed style printing press but the time savings passes on cost savings to you.

Web offset printing requires presses that cost about $400,000 to $2,000,000. Sheet fed offset printing presses in comparison can cost as little as $3,000 to $200,000.

The world’s premier web offset printing press manufacturers are Heidelberg, ManRoland, KBA UK, Toshiba and others. They produce 50,000 impressions per hour on average.

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Met Museum Publications: 5 Decades of Art Books to Read Online or Download

 

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We all love art books. Sometimes art books are rare, out-of-print, or we don’t have the space on our shelves for one more or the funds to buy limited edition books.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art now has a wonderful new art book service. Visit their website here to find 5 decades of Met art books to read online or download.

You can search all their art books published since 1964, by theme, title, subject, collection or department of the museum, and by keyword.

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Art-Cart Call for Artists to Join + Competition for a Personal Show in Europe

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Artists,  join Art-Cart free, upload 5 artworks by August 15th and you are entered in the competition for a solo gallery show in Europe.

Virtual contemporary art platform Art-Cart is an interactive website acting as a platform that allows artists to showcase and sell their work. Art-Cart has an exclusive competition for any artist registered at the Art-Cart website. All artists who register on the website and upload their works for sale have a chance to win an invitation to hold a personal exhibition at the Kaunas Picture Gallery (address: 16 K. Donelaičio street, Kaunas, Lithuania) that is part of the National M K. Čiurlionis Museum. The competition is open to all artists, designers, individuals and groups.

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
– The artists must upload at least 5 works for sale onto the Art-Cart website in order to participate
– Artists who upload their works after August 15, 2014 are not eligible to participate in the competition
– The winning artist’s exhibition will take place in November 2014 (for a duration of 1 month)
– The competition jury will choose a winner based on the works uploaded onto the website; the winning artist may exhibit more of his/her works at the exhibition; the exhibition details will be discussed with the winner of the competition after the announcement is made.

Art-Cart aims to develop creative business and art consumption throughout the global audience and increase the promotion of new works of art presented by emerging artists. Art-Cart gives artists the opportunity to be visible in the virtual environment, which today has become one of the most popular and important platforms around the world.

More information read the full call to artists here.

Find more art galleries for artists to submit to here.

Thanks to the Artists Who Helped @Artozon Reach 10K Followers on Twitter

Yesterday morning, just 16 followers away from reaching 10,000 followers on my @Artzon Twitter account, I put out the call to follow.  Artists helped me reach my goal a few hours later at noon. This blog post is a special thank you to just some–I’ll be featuring more of those artists in future posts.

YK Hong  is my 10,000th follower– in Brooklyn, New York, Y K Hong is revolutionary, artist, anti-oppression trainer, author, activist, techie, urbanbuddha, troublemaker, awesome–the link to her art site is http://www.ykhong.com/ykart

Watch YK Hong’s TED Talk :

Linda Klein is our 9,999th follower @Artzon follower. Shop hand-painted silk scarves in the Linda Klein Collection Etsy shop here.

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Thanks to Anne Bevan aka @wncpainter for her tweet:

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and Betty Esperanza @esperanza4hire

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Artists, We Will Tweet Your Link + Artist News to Our Thousands of Twitter Followers

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Here’s some advance publications news. The author of a forthcoming magazine article on how artists use Twitter, informed me that she has quoted me heavily in her article. The magazine editor requested two jpeg images of my art for the publication (space permitting). I haven’t read the article yet, but it will appear in the September marketing issue — in both print and digital editions– of Professional Artists magazine.

Before the article comes out, it would be nice to get even more Twitter followers on my Twitter account @Artozon which currently has 9,984 followers. I only need 16 more followers to roll my number of followers over to 10,000.  Artists, follow @Artozon on Twitter, tweet the link to your website and add the hashtag #artistnews or #artistmarket to get your tweet RT’d (re-tweeted) across all of my Twitter accounts!  (I set up @Artozon Twitter account August 2011, so it’s also a 3 year anniversary this month.)

My Twitter Account @TransArtGuide has 7,948 followers. I’d like to get that number up to 8,000.  Artists, follow @TransArtGuide on Twitter, tweet your link with the hashtag #artistnews or #artistmarket and I will RT (re-tweet)!

Please also follow my Twitter account @Transmediartist with 7,684 followers –I want to increase that number too.